A shining example of beauty from The Bahamas, model, Kamela Forbes
The Bahamas Weekly contacted Kamela Forbes, Bahamian model now living in New York for an interview.
Kamela, who is represented by MC2 Model Management studied at the
College of the Bahamas and University of North Carolina and obtained a
Bachelor’s in Business Administration,
but is now focusing on her modeling career full time.
Through her modeling career she has
traveled all over the USA (189
cities to be exact); Canada; (Cape Town) South Africa; and (Paris) France.
Where were you born?
School and any work related information you may want to share.
I was born in Nassau, Bahamas.
I attended St. Anne’s Primary and High School, and then went on to
obtain my Associates in Accounting at The College of The Bahamas.
I completed my studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.
When did you start modeling?
I started modeling professionally about
9 years ago.
What inspired you to be a model?
My sister Keejo inspired me to be a
model. She wanted to model when we were kids and I always wanted
to do whatever she did, so my mom enrolled us both in Yodephy Modeling
Any highlights of modeling in
In 2002, I was on the Ebony Fashion
Fair tour and we did a show in Nassau. It was great to be able
to do a show in my hometown in front of my family and friends.
Also, in 2008, I participated in the first Islands of the World Fashion
Week in Nassau.
What got you to New York?
I was living in Los Angeles, and had
an opportunity to go to New York for a photo shoot, and I discovered
that New York was more focused on high fashion modeling, so I packed
up and headed to the Big Apple!
Who is your agent?
I am represented by MC squared (MC2)
model management in both New York and Miami, and PTG models in Nassau.
What are your professional career
I did a runway tour with Ebony Fashion
Fair, an ad campaign for Motorola, an editorial spread for Essence Magazine,
and walked in shows under the tent for NY Fashion Week.
Describe a day in your life on
a day you are working
I usually have a very early call time,
so I get up early, shower and brush my teeth, throw on some clothes
and I’m out the door. I get on set, have breakfast and then
jump in the chair to get my hair and makeup and nails done. Then
go over to wardrobe to get dressed, and then it’s time for me to get
on set and actually do some work!!! The shoot begins and it’s
up to me to come up with poses and facial expressions to make the clothing
or accessories that they’re shooting look great and very “sellable”.
Once the photographer and art director is happy, then it’s a wrap!
And off we go….
Where have you traveled for your
I have travelled all over the USA (189
cities to be exact); Canada; (Cape Town) South Africa; and (Paris) France
What's coming up?
Only the Lord knows! Hopefully
something BIG! Every day I go on castings in hopes of landing
the next big job, so fingers crossed and lots of prayers!
Met anyone interesting?
I’ve met tons of interesting people!
Most noteworthy are the black models who have paved the way for me to
get the jobs I get today, and they include: Beverly Johnson, Tyra Banks,
Naomi Campbell, Tyson Beckford, and Liya Kebede (my favorite).
What can you say to inspire
young models based in The Bahamas, or those that think they may want
to become models?
I’d tell them to be sure to get an
education, so you always have something to fall back on, and because
modeling is a business, you need to be educated enough to know how to
run your business. Also, it’s a very tough industry to
be in, but if it’s something you really want to do, put your all into
it and have patience….as success doesn’t happen overnight!
How important is your health,
diet, etc. to modeling?
My health and diet is very important
to my modeling career. As a model, I have to maintain a certain
figure and take care of my skin, and that’s a direct result of what
I eat. I don’t starve myself, most of the time I eat what
I want, but everything in moderation is the key.
Is modeling your sole career
at this time? Other aspirations?
Yes, modeling is my only career at
this time. I do aspire one day to start a business in which I
can combine my business degree and my love for fashion and entertainment.
What publications or ad campaigns
have you been featured in. What designers have you worked for?
I’ve done ad campaigns for Motorola,
Mitsubishi, Lafayette 148, Wamsutta, and Wella Hair Care Products.
I’ve worked for many designers over the years; some of them include
Marc Jacobs, D Squared, J Mendel, Kaufman Franco, and Chloe.
What is your greatest beauty
tip (original or from another)
I use baby oil on my skin while it’s
still damp to keep my skin soft and hydrated.
Kamela Forbes can be found on Facebook or through her management company: www.mc2mm.com