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Mia Aminata Niara

Hailing from France by way of Senegal, Mia Aminata Niara is what I would call a Tender Beauty.

She’s long, she’s lean, she’s strong, and she’s gentle.

She Gives Face and Attitude.

She transforms!

She’s Wonderful.

Women or Girls always ask me what it takes to be a model.

I will say it takes Self Confidence, Courage, and knowing what is Right for You.

Modeling is more than standing there & looking cute.

A Professional Model studies the fashion business, world politics & culture, knows the designers, the magazines, & the photographers, in addition to practicing a strict skin regimen, drinking tons of water, eating fruits and veggies at every meal serving, getting ample rest, daily exercise, etc.

A Great Model is also a Silent Actress.

She can make me feel her joy, her agony, her cunning, her excitement, her wantonness, etc.

She is akin to a Film Star from the 1920’s.

We do not need dialogue because her eyes carry all the emotion.

Her body language tells us the story.

Yes at the end of the day she is selling us this garment, but we choose whether to pay attention or not.

I really enjoy a Model who can tell this story in 1 image.

What makes a Great Model to me is different from any other image maker and this is what is so fascinating about fashion photography.

Each of us designs our story for the garment.

And each of us decides who will best tell the story.

Today I’d like to Celebrate Mia as a Beautiful Story Teller who has many stories and portrays them with “Grace”. (pun intended)

Below is her Career History According to NY Mag .


Born in Senegal


Discovered by Alber Elbaz of Lanvin


Signs with Viva Models in Paris

OCT 2006

Debuts at the spring Lanvin show in Paris

FEB 2007

Walks the fall Roberto Cavalli, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton, and Vivienne Westwood shows in Milan and Paris

MAR 2007

Appears in French Glamour editorial, photographed by Stéphane Gallois

JUL 2007

Walks the fall Jean Paul Gaultier couture show in Paris


TheSartorialist.com features Niaria and her off-the-runway style

SEP 2007

Appears in Harper’s Bazaar editorial with Alber Elbaz, photographed by Jean-Paul Goude

SEP 2007

Walks the spring Duro Olowu, Basso & Brooke, and Celine shows in London and Paris

NOV 2007

Appears in Russian Vogue editorial with Siri Tollerød, photographed by Mark Pillai

JAN 2008

Walks the spring Guy Laroche couture show in Paris

FEB 2008

Walks the fall Vivienne Westwood and Veronique Branquinho shows in Paris


Models for H&M spring catalog


Leaves Viva Models in Paris and signs with IMG worldwide

AUG 2008

Appears in German Vogue editorial, photographed by Koto Bolofo

SEP 2008

Walks her first New York Fashion Week for the spring Cynthia Rowley, Erin Fetherston, Proenza Schouler, Malandrino, and Ralph Lauren shows

SEP 2008

Appears in Harper’s Bazaar editorial, with Hyoni Kang and Emina Cunmulaj, photographed by Oliviero Toscani.

OCT 2008

Style.com features Niaria as a top-ten newcomer of the season

JAN 2009

Walks the spring Christian Lacroix couture show in Paris

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