Naima Mora

Naima Mora

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Naima Mora
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Naima Mora (2011)
Born (1984-03-01) March 1, 1984 (age 34)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 9 12 in (177 cm)[1]
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Agency Ford Models, Basic Models, 301 Model Management

Naima Mora (born March 1, 1984)[1] is an American fashion model and the winner of Cycle 4 of America’s Next Top Model.[2][3]


Early life[edit]

Mora was born in Detroit, Michigan,[1][3] the daughter of jazz vocalist and entrepreneur Theresa Mora and jazz percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett. Her paternal grandparents are Francisco Mora (painter) and sculptor, painter, and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett. 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.[4]

Her father is Mexican and African-American; her mother is Irish and African-American.[citation needed] She was named after the John Coltrane song “Naima“. Mora has five sisters, including her identical twin, Nia, who is a photographer. Her older sister, Ife Sanchez Mora (born 1977), is a singer/ songwriter and was signed to Tricky‘s Massive Attack label Durban Poison/ DreamWorks S.K.G in the trip-hop group, The Autumn People and is now a solo rock singer Ife Sanchez Mora and part of duet Ife & Danny and was the wife of chef Aaron Sanchez.

Mora grew up near West McNichols and Schaefer on Detroit’s northwest side and attended Bates Academy for middle school. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit in 2002. A serious ballet student, Mora attended Detroit’s Ballet Renaissance and was enrolled in American Ballet Theatre’s Detroit summer program.

Mora practices Nichiren Buddhism and is an active member of the Soka Gakkai International.[5] In 2013, she gave a Ted Talk describing her upbringing and the influence of Buddhism on her career.[2]


On September 3, 2012, she released the iBook Naima Mora’s Model Behavior, published by Possibility Publishing & Entertainment.[3] She has been seen on television as a guest on The Tyra Banks Show, on the second season premiere of Veronica Mars, and in a CoverGirl commercial with Yoanna House.[3]

Mora and Cycle 3‘s Ann Markley were Trophy Girls at the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards.[citation needed] Mora also served as a judge at the Miss Teen USA Pageant in 2005.[6]

Mora has done print modeling for CoverGirl, ELLE Magazine,[3] Fuego Magazine, Us Weekly Magazine,[3] Radar, In Touch,[3] Star, Teen People, Split Clothing, and elsewhere. Mora’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.[citation needed] She has modeled with her sisters twice: with her sister, Ife, for iTunes and with her twin, Nia, for Cycle 2’s Camille McDonald’s lingerie line, Lingerwear.

In 2006, she completed filming a role in the independent film Sarbanes-Oxley and made an appearance in a music video for TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me.” The following year, she was on the cover of U&U magazine and Uzuri magazine and was photographed by Romer Pedrome and Derek Blanks. In 2008, she had a cover and editorial in Vicious magazine, and she signed with 301 Model Management in Miami and Basic Model Management in New York City. She got a showcard for Fashion Week SS09 and walked in the Project Runway Finale for designer Joe Farris.

Mora was the vocalist for the unsigned band Chewing Pics.[7] As of fall 2009 the group was disbanded.[citation needed] Mora joined the band Galaxy of Tar.[8]

Actress (1 credit)
 2005 Veronica Mars (TV Series)
Ms. Dumas

Normal Is the Watchword (2005) … Ms. Dumas
Hide Hide Show Show Self (8 credits)
 2016 Twiin (TV Series)
Herself – Host
 2008 The City That Never Sleeps (TV Mini-Series)

 2005-2006 The Tyra Banks Show (TV Series)

 2006 Jensen! (TV Series)

Episode dated 27 March 2006 (2006) … Herself
 2006 E! True Hollywood Story (TV Series documentary)

America’s Next Top Model (2006) … Herself
 2005-2006 America’s Next Top Model (TV Series)

The Girl Who Is a True Miss Diva (2006) … Herself
The Girl on the Cover (2005) … Herself
The Girl Who Walks on Water (2005) … Herself
The Girl Who Is Special (2005) … Herself
The Girl who Flops in the Mud (2005) … Herself
 2005 106 & Park Top 10 Live (TV Series)

Episode dated 1 June 2005 (2005) … Herself
 2005 The Early Show (TV Series)

Episode dated 20 May 2005 (2005) … Herself


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