12-year-old model and CEO Celai West is here to change fashion’s perception of Black girls

Celai West is a model, actress, activist, author and CEO. At just 10, she was the youngest professional runway model to walk in New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Since, she’s co-authored two books, launched her own T-shirt line The Chatty Chick and somehow still manages to find the time to elevate Black voices in fashion. 

Sacramento native and the youngest of six, Celai took an interest in modeling when she was three years old. A photographer at an ice skating ring wanted to shoot her and the rest is history. Now 12 years old, Celai is entirely self-taught and is known for her strong runway walk.

“My second time walking in NYFW, I was 8 and it was at Madison Square Garden,” Celai recounted to Authority Magazine. “I walked out, and the crowd went crazy, and mom was like, ‘OMG! Who is this kid and who

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