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From Cloudy Days to Picture Perfect, Alexis Scott – Model

In 1927, a man by the name of Fred R. Barnard coined the phrase, “A pictures’ worth a thousand words”. Despite Alexis’s breath taking looks and stunning physique, a picture simply isn’t enough to describe her fight down glory road. Often times we see that art mostly comes from those with a story to tell which may be hard to describe in words. It may also come from people who’ve been through trauma or pain with a desperate need to express themselves. Getting people to see beauty from beholders perspective is the essence of what makes art touch people in a very prodigious way .

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At times, I feel that models may not get the full credit they deserve when it comes to making the firm decision to follow this career path. Putting yourself in the public eye to be judged from head to toe takes great courage and confidence. You have to really learn how to love yourself regardless of what people may say. Some models even try their luck if pushing the boundaries of the social standard of what beauty is. Even if there was a time that you didn’t feel “pretty” according to the standard.

Let’s be honest, life has a way of trying to discourage you from being what your heart says your are versus what society expects from you. The movies and television always paints the picture to make it seem as if the underdog is loved. In actuality, the love seems to only comes when the underdog gains momentum. Gaining momentum, for someone that has been through tough times, takes day-to-day convincing yourself. uplifting yourself. Staying positive. Defeating odds. Taking leaps of faith. This is the story of Alexis Scott.

Alexis was born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL. She was primarily raised by her aunt whom she had a very close relationship with. Her aunt took her in after realizing that Alexis’s mother was fighting a battle with drugs. At the age of 13, Alexis made a courageous that would that would send her life spiraling. She decided to speak up about the abuse which came from the hands of her father. Alexis would often spend holidays and summer breaks with her parents. This is when the abuse happened. She built up the courage to tell a best friend that she was sexually abused by her father. What she didn’t know is that the government would take her away from her aunt and place her in foster care. This didn’t seem to make sense to her and everyone who loved her. Why not just keep her with her aunt who she is already comfortable with and away from her father? No matter how much logic we speak this decision was made and she was basically on her own from here. Fortunately, she was taken in by her best friends family.

Approximately 6 months after she was taken in by her best friend things started to get a little rocky. the family fell on hard times and ended up losing their place or residence. Alexis, along with her friends family, found refuge with acquaintances, family and friends periodically. Most times having to sleep on the floor due to lack of space. Once again Alexis had to make a courageous move. She decided to run away where she was eventually taken in by her half uncle from her mothers side. Going through so much at this tender age you would think it would distract a young mind. Even make them resort to crime. I asked her “Do you think being in foster care inspired you in any way?”.

“It definitely did not inspire me. Sometimes I often wondered why I didn’t have a “normal” life instead. The only thing I can say came from this is that it made me eager to get my own place. My case worker always said “You either age out of the system or graduate. That’s the only way out.”

Her soon to be way out would come, to her surprise, would come once she learned she was on track to graduate high school early. It seemed that the chaos only made her focus and excel tremendously academically. A complete oxymoron. During her middle school stint, Alexis took an Algebra 1 course along with an English test that would count towards high school credits. This began her advancement. At the start of her 10th grade year her guidance counselor informed her hat the classes she took over summer break almost were enough to make her a senior. Seeing that she was so close to completion she decided to duel enroll. through hard work and dedication she was able to graduate high school at the age of 16.

Even though she had graduated she didn’t jump straight into college. Her uncle, who she lived with at the time, agreed to let her live with him until she graduated. So she knew she had to get the ball rolling financially. She found a job and saved up enough to get a place. There was only one problem, she wasn’t old enough to sign a lease yet. After going through several court hearing she was able to prove the need to have a lease and was granted permission to get her place.

while most teen girls were stressed about boy crushes and being in the “in crowd”, Alexis was living a much more serious life. Though, she hadn’t realized it yet. She was simply relieved to have a place to call her own. She would live in that comfort zone until she was ready to start college

Shy, alone, battered, to say the least. You’d wonder how this timid girl chose something like modeling. Well, she didn’t. She was chosen. When she first applied for the scholarship with a modeling school she was certain that she wouldn’t get picked.

“I was smart…but I had tattoos and no money. I didn’t even think they would be interested. Some how I was chosen and accepted for their scholarship. If it weren’t me getting accepted I don’t thin I would have ever had the courage to go any where and model”

Thus her modeling career was born

 

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Alexis’s first real gig came from Feroce Magazine. the article was titled “Misunderstood”. The opportunity came from a friend she met at Seabreeze High School. With great help from her husbands (and manager) and her photographer Tyler Jenkings, she was able to create a professional presence for herself. Now she has the confidence to take a modeling full speed.

 

 

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Life was starting to look promising young lady. Yet, it gets better. At the age of 20 her boyfriend of 6 years, Xavier Scott, decided that he wanted to be with her for ever. He proposed to her. They would get married  in February of 2018. It seems that for her the storm has passed and the sunshine has come out again.

Currently, Alexis is a college student and a freelance model. She says that her main goals are to one day walk the run way during Fashion Week and being picked to star in a major movie role. Seeing what she has overcome so far, nothing is impossible.

It was remarkable seeing how this young lady stayed positive through it all. I asked her did she have any advice for anyone that has endured a rough upbringing but wants to remain positive about the future.

“Just keep going, and most importantly, get help! Some people are ashamed of what they have gone through or either too proud. No matter how good a person may seem we all need to heal properly. No matter what it is you go through, don’t be afraid to tell someone. I am very grateful for the METOO movement. It is allowing people to speak up more than ever. For those who feel like the won’t be heard, just remember that there is someone, somewhere, that’s willing to listen and help”.

May God bless you on your journey, Alexis.

Special Thanks :

Photographer : Tyler Jenkings

Nail Tech : Saraih Mai

Husband : Xavier Scott

Friends, Family and Followers

Contact Info :

Instagram : @darkskinnedalexis

Facebook Business Page : Alexis Ann Scott

Facebook Manager : Xavier Scott

Superbowl LIII; Atlanta vs Everybody

By: Keidra Ponder

No, the Falcons didn’t make it to Super Bowl LIII, however, it’s still a win for the City of Atlanta as they host this years game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kickoff time is 6:30 p.m. ET this Sunday, February 3, but the festivities are already flowing. It doesn’t matter if you’re going for the New England Patriots or the Los Angeles Rams, all that matters is where the party’s at. We have featured some of the most vibrant places to be this weekend. If you’re looking to have a good time and get lit with notable celebrities see my list below courtesy of ATL Night Lights.

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Also here’s a recap of this Tuesday’s event at Elleven 45 hosted by 50 Cent.

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see Atlanta.net Super Bowl event listing for various ideas as well. Be safe and enjoy this Super Bowl weekend.

 

Film Review: Nappily Ever After

By Atika Aliyah

Sanaa Lathan gives a raw and riveting performance in the Netflix original movie, Nappily Ever After as Violet Jones. The film is centered on a black woman’s quest and inward journey for self-love. The audience is most certainty in for a bumpy ride as they go along with Violet, peeling back the many layers that make up a black woman.

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Based on the introduction, this movie may seem like the perfect chick flick melodrama, where the successful woman gets the perfect man. However when Sanaa’s Violet receives a tiny Chihuahua, instead of the marriage proposal she had everyone expecting. The movie stops becoming a love story based on a man and a woman, into a love story about falling in love with oneself.

There is quite a bit to unpack in this film, but all the messages are delivered and imbedded in a way that is both impressionable and relatable. Violet’s image obsessed mother Pauletta, played by Lynn Whitfield. Gives life to the stigma that black women and girls’ hair must acclimatize to European standards of beauty, in order to be considered attractive. Even if this means having your mother come to your house in the middle of the night while your man is sleeping. To put a flat iron to your head, that sizzles with ever pass. Causing not only damage to your hair but also underlying psychological damage, just for you to return back to bed before he wakes. Giving the illusion that the first thing he sees in the morning is what he thinks is perfection.

A bit extreme, but an actual representation of the lengths woman go in the black community, by sacrificing and manipulating themselves to maintain someone else’s standard of beauty. This film gives women of color the opportunity to look in the mirror and start embracing their true authentic selves. It took Violet multiple identity changes before the clippers came, where she was able to finally start stepping out of the box that she and other woman like herself, had been placed in for so many years. Violet experimented with different hair colors, lengths, and styles, and with everyone she adapted a new persona.

 

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When the time came for the big chop Sanaa Lathan opted out of utilizing a bald wig cap and took the plunge for real. In an interview with CNN Entertainment, Lathan stated that she was in a place where she was ready to do the big chop. Lathan went on to tell CNN about her role, “It came in my life at a time I was kind of rethinking beliefs and desires, and actually my hair was a big part of that,” she said. “I felt like it was definitely the stronger choice, it was committing to all she (Violet) was going through.”

The transformation that developed on screen was empowering and emotional. Violet begins mentoring the young black daughter of the single father. That owns the hair salon where her natural hair journey began to take root. Through Violet and young Zoe’s relationship, you can see the same challenges that Violet faced as a little black girl, coming of age in a society that constantly puts an emphasis on appearances. This particular kinship on screen makes this a perfect film to sit down and watch with adolescent black and brown girls. It could positively impact their outlook and ideas of the meaning of beauty.

Nappily Ever After unifies women of color by paying homage to the natural hair movement that continues to grown day by day. In the movie we have a women re writing her own narrative, while we also have woman and girls all over the world that have the courage to do the same. There is a strong connection between hair and identity in the black community and we take pride in our roots, literally. The film is liberating and affirming; yet it is important to understand that this is not a call only to black women, but a call to all genders and ethnicities. To begin defining themselves on their own terms, and re defining this thing called beauty to be all-inclusive and unconventional.