We had the good fortune of connecting with Imani Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Imani, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I have taken tons of risks and made a lot of sacrifices to be where I am in this moment. I left college and moved out here to Atlanta without knowing anyone, and had to really get it on my own. I have had to build everything by myself and for myself, so that’s definitely what I want my legacy to be. I want people to remember that I chose myself unapologetically and without compromise. I have envisioned this life for myself since I was a little girl, and by believing in myself while being hardworking I made it come to be. I want people to remember that I stayed dedicated to my “why” and didn’t let anyone or anything change my narrative.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Model, Creative, overall business women based in Atlanta, Ga. It has definitely been a eventful journey, but I would say the thing that has impacted me the most was being featured in Vogue magazine, that was a huge moment for me because like it’s Vogue, come on. Honestly I think the thing that sets me apart is that I stand true in who I am in a time where the opinions and views of others rule how people in this industry move and handle themselves. I had to overcome a lot of things within myself to be able to be where I am today. I knew I had to potential to be a great model, but I was not where I needed to be mentally as well as emotionally and God knew she couldn’t bless me with a thriving career until I got to where I needed to be within Imani, so once I made that a top priority that’s when my cup began to just overflow. There are many challenges you have to face being a model in this industry, but the one that stands out the most would have to be making sure you stand firm in who you are because this industry has a way of taking great things and dimming that light so you have to really stand ten toes down and stand up for yourself against anything that comes your way. I just want the world to know that when you choose yourself, great things happen. If you follow your dreams and what you truly feel is best for you it would work out, take the risk and trust yourself. I did it, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting I would definitely have to take them to show of my favorite spots here in Atlanta. We would definitely take morning/day trip to Piedmont park, drink a nice glass of wine, just enjoy being outside. I would forsure take them to Arden’s Garden to get the perfect smoothie. I would also have to take them to ponce city market and ride bikes on the beltline. Im big of wings and once of my favorite places is Goodfellas pizza and wings, definitely a top tier spot. If they are in the mood for some soul food I would suggest Pascals or Old Lady Gang. For a night out on the town I would take them to Medusa if it’s a Wednesday night because that RnB night (my favorite night). We could also go to Atlantis for a good day party or brunch vibe. Needless to say my bestfriend will definitely have an amazing time when they come down to visit.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To all the hardworking women that feel like they’re being overlooked. You are seen. You are worthy. Keep going.

Instagram: @__manisworld

Image Credits
Nikki Rumph John Adams Jordan (JordanViison) Chad Lawson Hassan (RariFilmz)

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