BlackGirlMagic Interview: Celai West

podcast December 31, 1969

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In this special episode, Celai West, pronounced “sah-LAY”, joins Ekemini at the table. Celai is a quirky ten year old STEMgirl who is making waves in the fashion, runway, vlogging and acting industry, all while proving you can never be too cool for school. She began print modeling when she was five, doing runway shows when she was six, started acting and became the CEO of her own t-shirt line,, at seven, walked in NYFW for the first time at eight, had her first viral video at nine and co-authoring her first book at ten.

Celai has worked with major brands such as Target, Walmart, Amazon, Gap, Disney and Allstate and was the leading lady in Willy Williams’ music video “The Voodoo Song” that has been viewed over 18 million times! She also appeared in “I Am My Own Mother” which was selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. She is looking forward to doing more acting and challenging herself on set.

Celai West has appeared on ten magazine covers, published inside several magazine issues and newspapers and many of her images, as well as videos, been shared on social media in viral numbers. Please be sure to check out her Press page.

Celai currently has two viral runway videos that, to date, have been viewed more than 17 million times collectively. She can regularly be seen walking the runway among an all adult lineup as well as coaching her runway techniques.

After several unpleasant experiences with stylists who were unknowledgeable on how to style her hair while on set, Celai and her mom teamed up to create their own hair tutorials. They expected to help show styling and hair care techniques for ethnic textured hair but were pleasantly surprised to find that their videos were a hit and over 6 have received viral numbers.Celai was recently welcomed to the production team of The Industry Fashion Show “T.I.F.S” as their Runway Coordinator, making her the youngest show producer.

West looks forward to continuing to breaking barriers while working hard in the classroom and prove that models ARE indeed smart too. Please be sure to subscribe to her blog to keep abreast of all the great things she’s up to!

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