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Nini Amerise - Nominee for Butterfly Award

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Nini Amerlise is a hardworking and self-motivated professional, who is extremely passionate about her craft as a model. She is a confident model with class, and her humility is an inspiration to many. Her characteristics are a testament that we are all created fearfully and wonderfully made.

Nini’s interest in modelling became evident as a young girl, she always enjoyed dressing up in her mother's clothes and being photographed. Nini was abused and bullied during childhood, which carried on into her late teens. Being called names such as connect the dots, as she struggled with puberty and intense acne flare ups. In addition, she was dauntingly teased about her strong features all while being called a man, to skinny, that she belonged in the ugly book, and was also shunned and physically abused for her unusual taste in fashion and aesthetics. 

Unfortunately both the physical and verbal abuse became to much for Nini to handle, it led her to severe depression and self harm. Nini despised her reflection in the mirror, she struggled heavily with her insecurities, as the subconscious remarks of her peers continually rushed to the forefront of her mind every time she took a glance at herself. The series of unfortunate events spiraled into early 2015, as she was a victim of rape , leaving her with endless nights of tears and constant battles of suicide. These negative experiences caused a bit of a setback, as her confidence and self-worth were extremely diminished. Fortunately, a hunger for change was sparked when she came across a casting call online looking for the "Face of African fashion week Toronto", although she didn't place in the competition, it was something new for her. Gradually she began to explore and in the process began to learn more about her self, which rekindled the love she has for the world of fashion and arts. Nini is artistically gifted in many art forms, such as singing, drawing, dancing, and modelling. However, her healing process began soon after she realized modelling was a designated path for her, opening the doors to walk into her true calling.

To her, being in front of the camera and on the runway is one of the most enjoyable parts of her job. As a model, she is the raw canvas that undergoes the transformation process to achieve the final creative vision. It is her job to ensure that the concept of the vision is translated accurately.

Although modelling is fun, it definitely doesn't come easily. Apart from being a dedicated, hard worker, Nini is constantly learning new skills required to mould her into a world-class supermodel. With God on her side, she believes she is taking the right steps for her sacrifices as a model to pay off.

Every professional regardless of the industry, is inspired by someone. Nini is inspired by many professionals in the modelling industry,the most notable names include Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks. Both are amazing entrepreneurs who pushed the boundaries to become the powerful, inspirational individuals they are today. Nini models her career after these amazing women, and will not stop until her dreams were achieved.  

To date, this unique beauty, who is of Afro-Latin, Jamaican-Chinese descent, has been blessed with the opportunity to walk in over sixty fashion shows, participate in multiple print shoots, campaigns, magazines, and TV work. She was awarded Top Model at the Miss International City Pageant in 2015, and was recently awarded Rising Star Canadian Model of the Year 2016. In 2017, Nini competed and won Supermodel Canada.

Since beginning her career in mid-2014, Nini has worked with many reputable platforms, including New York Fashion Week, Toronto Fashion Week, African Fashion Week Toronto, Global TV’s fashion segment for Ocean Avenue, CBC's Dragons’ Den, Kaela kay's editorial campaign featured in British Vogue, Huffington post, the Daily Mail Uk, Be body aware campaign for Vogue Italia, Flare Magazine, Glamour magazine and The Golden Button fashion series, currently aired on Afroglobal TV. Nini’s most recent Interview with CTV regarding diversity in the fashion industry, was very inspiring. She elaborated on her personal struggles as a multiracial model and how she overcame the stereotypes.

Ironically enough, the beautiful damsel loves to write, and would like to share her stories leading up to her current success in the industry. She has begun to explore a new venture as an author. You can expect some great takeaways that can help encourage the young millennial. 

“A piece of advice I can share with aspiring models or entrepreneurs is if you strongly believe that you have found a field or career that suits you, remain task-focused and passionate about what you do. Each day will come with its own challenges, but as long as you remember your purpose and why you began in the first place, you will be excellent. - Walk with purpose, rise to your destiny!"


Social Media:

Instagram: @Nini_4u 

Twitter @NiniAmerlise

Facebook @NiniAmerlise

Snapchat @NiniAmerlise 

website www.NiniAmerlise.com  

Recent interview on diversity:



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