Natural Icon Beauty Feature- JAMEELA

I know I’m late with my Natural Icon Beauty of the Month Feature. So this Queen’s feature is actually for the month of May. Meet Jameela.

She has been told that she looks like Lauryn Hill and only started believing when Lauryn Hill herself agreed that they have a striking resemblance when they exchanged words at a Shaggy and Friend’s Concert years ago. She’s a model with a Biochem and Botany Degree, an educator, Mentor for a few young women who have interests in the modeling industry among other things. I’ll let her tell you more.

NIB: Hey Queen, I’m so glad you agreed to be featured as our Natural Icon Beauty of the month. Please introduce yourself to our readers.

JG: Greetings, I am Jameela Geddes, a 28 year old resilient, charming, self motivated, spiritual, woman of little words and proud young mommy of an intelligent and beautiful 2 year old girl. I grew up in the plains of Linstead, St Catherine where I enjoyed a childhood filled with adventures, the good and the ugly. Being the only girl of 3 children (to a single mom) I felt extremely protected even while being 5 years my little brother’s senior!
I am deeply in love with outdoor activities and the scenery of my beautiful treasure island; the beach,  hiking/nature walks, relaxing on a rooftop under the moonlight etc. Apart from that, I do enjoy showcasing beautiful designs on the catwalk, doing photoshoots, painting/drawing and pleasing my ears and eyes with some good live Reggae/Bongo music.

NIB: Define your style.

JG: My style naturally incorporates mostly anything African; prints, jewelry even their rhythm which certainly has an impact on my “signature walk”.
Persons make it a habit of either stopping me to ask if I am a model or complimenting my mode of dress. Honestly, it comes naturally. I dress the way I feel on any particular day.
By the way, I was teased back in high school  by one particular girl about the way I walked….fast forward to today, she pointed out to me that she now saw where that gifted strut brought me to becoming (a model).

NIB: What do you love about your natural hair?

JG: I love its versatility. Locs give a natural and a beautifully free feel. Of course, because it has been untouched it also gives you a feeling of pride and a sense of commitment to your identity. I started locking from scratch since 2005. It has been the only type of  “manipulation” done to my hair. I have never been sorry!

NIB: When and why did you decide to loc your hair?

JG: My hair was locked by my mom, who was at the time rocking locs. It was a painstaking process, the length of time taken to do this thing from scratch was no joke! My hair was naturally of reasonable length (upper back) and I was locking from tip to root!!  I had just started the University of the West Indies, and I thought, what better way to tame the untamed thickness of very tightly curled/wavy type hair to save me a bit more study time in the library (side eye). Honestly, I got a lil mix going on…so it wasn’t that bad…but…it still took way too long to wash and comb.

NIB:  What’s your hair regimen? Any hair tips or tricks you’ve used or learned from others?

JG: No hair regimen ennuh. Funny enough, the only treatments I get done to this hair is when I visit the locticians. I was lucky to have had a full year of lovely products and treatment (don’t ask me what it was…I just went along with the flow, trust is a hell of a thing :)) I’ve been getting my hair done at Jus Natural, since I was the face of that company.

Apart from that, hear seh lead me to finding out the benefits of tuna/aloe vera, which is extremely good to steam your hair with. It moisturizes and strengthens the roots and strands. I probably did this just once, in  all the years of my locking journey.
I have also heard about eggs (will have to do more research on that), but the vitamin A in egg yolks do result in the strengthening and lustre of really dry and damaged hair.

NIB: I’ve heard stories of women who have been pressured to process their hair or who have experienced harsh criticisms, negativity and/or even sabotage because they wear their natural tresses. Have you had any such experience(s) solely or partly because of your locs?
(b) If so, how did you react/respond?

Well, I have been made to think that my hair was a deterrent in a few interviews that I have had. But that made me even more determined to keep my locs and prove that this stereotype is nonsense. How will keeping your natural hair, which also proves you being committed and really being in love with self, determine your worth; your output and what you can bring to a company? As a matter of fact, I would love for myself or any other woman with locs to become yet again a household name in the Modeling Industry.
I must honestly say that I have seen a lessening of this type of stereotype in the workplace. I see more locked/natural hair queens on my television screen, in the banks, in the courthouses and yes in the classrooms

NIB: What advice would you give someone who is experiencing such pressure?

JG: My advice to anyone going through this issue is, simply put, that job was really not for you. Be motivated to grab hold of another opportunity. There will come a time when you’ll look back and say, what was I beating up myself about? I would not have reached this stage of growth in my life, had I been accepted in that job/career area.

NIB: If you could describe your life, vision for you life, or guiding philosophy(ies) using three quotes, what would they be?

” I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” -Phil 4:13
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” -Maya Angelou

NIB:  What would you say was your most impactful failure or ‘mistake’? How did you rebound and what lesson did you learn?

My most impactful mistake? None really sticks out like a sore thumb, as they have all been “mistakes/failures”/lessons (they were not categorized) and I have learned from every single one of them. Sounds cliche, but really, they made me who I am today. The strong/resilient woman bound for greater things!

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Thanks Jameela for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions.

Thanks again everyone for reading. Remember to share and SUBSCRIBE.

Love & Blessings,

Queen Stacia.

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Credits:

Photography: @marz_jackson

Make up: @jamzged

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