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1. Having a variety of talents from being part of music videos, hosting, modeling, films, teaching. Tell us a little more about your passions and what has made it possible to pursue. My passion is really inspiring people to be the best they can be in this lifetime. Of course I love being in front of the camera and I love working with children…but that exposure is really just another avenue to reach as many people as I can in a positive manner. I love talking to people and I think that if everyone would find some way to spread love to just one person daily the world would be a much better place! 2. What exactly is Project Save Imagination? Project Save Imagination is a nonprofit organization that I started with my friend Lila Nikole. We are both artists and we both know how important the art education is to children as we directly benefitted from it. We wanted to find a way to help inner city children who may not have exposure

to the arts due to lack of finances and budget cuts in schools. PSI intends to continue to raise money so that we can have future designers, fine artists, actors and musicians! I’m sure we will have another huge event soon! Our first event “Fusion” during Art Basel 2012 was a huge success. Our first beneficiaries were the children at Art Studio Miami in Little Haiti. 3. What has been your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment has been raising my beautiful daughter Anya. She’s intelligent, empathetic, loving and a hard worker. I had her my sophomore year of college and struggled to make ends meet but I still finished my masters in education by the time I was 22 years old. She is the most amazing part of my life.

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4. How have you maintained a beautiful figure, especially being a mom? Why thank you! Being vegan (no meat, no dairy, no eggs) is really the credit because I didn’t even start working out until a few months ago really. Genetics play a role, but I was 15 lbs heavier when I wasn’t vegan. All women (whether you have children or not) should make their health a priority. Not only is it important for your physical and mental well being, but it is important to set a great example for your children. They are watching everything you do so you should instill in them a solid healthy food foundation. 5. How do you stay confident and true to yourself being that what you do is such a competitive field, especially for women? That’s a tough one. I am human like anyone else so being compared to what we consider damn near perfect women daily isn’t easy. It doesn’t feel good when people think that because you are in the spotlight that it is somehow ok for them to publicly critique every single part of your physique. I try to take things with a grain a salt, but admittedly I am sensitive. Even though I try to put out great energy to everyone I still have to remember that there are sad souls in the world that are spreading misery just for attention. Realistically, some people won’t like you even when they’ve never met you. I stay confident by surrounding myself with loving friends and supporters as well as focusing on the positives rather than the negatives. Women really should be champions for other women. Only a small person feels big by tearing another person down. 6) Impossible is nothing, thinking limitlessly...what’s one vision you would like to make a reality? I really want to get my own line of curly hair products finished and on the market. I also would like to open my own art center one day. Hopefully my dreams come to fruition sooner than later.

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7) Anything exciting coming up or to look forward to that you would like to share? My new website is in the works. It will offer health and nutrition information for women (and men! LOL) I am the lead actress in Talib Kweli’s new music video that we filmed in Tokyo (will be released soon) and also I am really working on that perfect curly conditioner for women! 8) Any advice you would like to give women out there that are pursuing your same passion? Never accept NO for an answer. Be strong. Develop a thick skin. Network as much as possible. Don’t sell yourself short and learn how to negotiate. You are valuable. Keep your head up!

You can email Aisha Thalia with questions and/or to book her to host/emcee and event at bookaishathalia@gmail.com Twitter: @AishaThalia Instagram: AishaThalia

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