Niko (Nicole)
USA
Occupation
Graphic Design, Marketing, Modeling
Age
21 years old
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About me

Hello there! I'm Nicole "Niko Renee" Rodriguez. Writing about myself always feels mundane because introductions are always so boring – I'm 21, about to graduate with my Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and Marketing, I'm from Southern California, I'm 5'8... but WHO am I? Although I am young, I do feel that I have encountered a lot of internal trials and tribulation. I have experienced a lot of growth with myself in these past 3 or 4 years and now consider myself to be that of a "Free Spirit". I believe in the ebb and flow of life and the world around me. I believe that everything is connected and that everything happens for a reason. We are in constant motion! I could go on and on about the things I have learned about myself and the way I view the world now, but I feel that they will be shared soon enough!

My dreams and passions

People are always asking "what do you want to do with your life?" or "what are you doing to do once you graduate?" and my response is usually (following a smile and a sigh) " I'm going to do anything that feels right that comes my way." – or something along the lines of that, anyway! I honestly feel like having a general direction, which for me is something along the lines of Graphic Design, Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Modeling, etc. is great, but I don't want to close myself off to JUST these things. Who is to say that I won't come across something that brings me even more satisfaction in life than one single thing I decided on long ago?! I am very realistic when it comes to things and I will counter my optimism with pessimism and vice-versa, but it keeps me balanced and allows me to not be afraid to go for it! One of my professors once told me, "Let them tell you no!" and that is exactly what I do now. I push forward with whatever it is that I feel is right and I will continue down this path of trial and error called life.

How can I make a difference as the next Fashion Hero?

As the next Fashion Hero I would make a difference by voicing out that it is okay to not have everything figured out, it is okay to be confused, and it is most definitely okay to make and take your own path. We all go through the rough spots in life and it's important to share those stories with others, because we may be similar, but not the same, and in recognizing that, we can learn from each other and grow internally as the individuals that we are. Our headspace is our home and I want to show that we all go through the good and the bad, but in the end we are the creators of our lives through our actions and reactions. However, it's important for people to realize this – that you are the only person there for you 100% of the time. Self love, awareness, and understanding are so important in this lifetime and it's not easy, but it is a glorious journey – and I would love to spark an interest in others to take that journey. T H A N K Y O U! - Niko

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