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Naima Mora (born March 1, 1984 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American model and actress. She was the winner of the fourth cycle of America's Next Top Model
Naima Mora was born on March 9, 1984 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of jazz percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett. Her grandparents are painter Francisco Mora and sculptress, painter and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett. She grew up near West McNichols and Schaefer on Detroit's northwest side and attended Bates Academy for middle school.
Named after John Coltrane's song "Naima," Mora is the youngest of four sisters, one of whom is a twin sister, Nia, a photographer in New York. Her father is Mexican, Indian and African-American, while her mother is Irish and African-American.
A serious student of ballet, Mora attended Detroit's Ballet Renaissance and was enrolled in American Ballet Theatre's Detroit summer programme. Naima graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit in 2002.
She also worked as a coffee shop waitress before moving from Detroit to New York to attend the school of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Mora decided to audition for America's Next Top Model at the behest of her friends.
America's Next Top Model
With her mohawk and introverted persona, Naima was originally thought to be a long-shot to walk away with the title of "America's Next Top Model." Though her earlier photographs were not as strong as fellow runner-up Kahlen Rondot, the judges were blown away by Naima's final performance on the catwalk. Tyra, in particular, felt that Kahlen was "the girl who did excellent during the semester and kinda failed the final exam", while Naima was "the girl who did alright during the semester but finished in flying colours during the final exam." Her win consisted of a fashion spread in ELLE, a contract with Ford Models and a $100,0 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.
Naima and Cycle 3's Ann Markley were Trophy Girls at the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards.
She has made multiple appearances as a guest on The Tyra Banks Show.
She appeared on the second season premiere of Veronica Mars, "Normal Is the Watchword"
Mora also served as a judge at the Miss Teen USA Pageant in 2005.
Naima was a guest host at the Ramapo College Enerve Couture Fashion Show in Spring 2006.
In 2006, she wrapped up filming on an independent film called Sarbanes-Oxley, and has made an appearance in a music video for TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me."
Naima has modeled for CoverGirl, ELLE Magazine, Fuego Magazine, US Weekly Magazine,Radaar Magazine, IN Touch Magazine, Star Magazine, Teen People Magazine, Split Clothing, Jazz Album Samsung. She also modelled with her sister Ife for iTunes .
Naima's runway shows include Christopher Deane Spring 2006 Collection, Gharani Strok Fall 2005, Carlos Miele Fashion Show, Walmart and ELLEgirl Presents Dare To Be You Spring 2006, Fashion Comedy Style 2005 (Charity Event), and New York Fashion Week 2007.
Naima appeared in the make-up brand SheerCoverage commerical, along with fellow winner of America's Next Top Model Yoanna House
Her older sister Ife Mora, (born 1977) is a vocalist, trip-hop, and rock experimental artist of the group livemas.
She is the inspiration for her grandmother's 2001 black marble bust entitled Naima. Catlett described it as:
" That black marble head, Naima: we have twin granddaughters who came to stay with us one summer, they were studying Spanish. I kept looking at one of them, who has a very dynamic personality. I thought I would like to do a head of her. And then it was the shape of her hair with a knot at the back. It was a whole different shape. She posed for me a little bit, to get the general shape of it. She has a little bump in her nose that I wanted to put in.