Who is Jalicia Nightengale?
Born in 1993 in Bridgetown, Barbados, Jalicia Nightengale is a professional model, best known for gaining fame thanks to her unique physical appearance. She has dark skin, model-like features and an unusual shade of blue eyes that has caught the attention of many. She has appeared in numerous advertisements for various beauty companies in Europe and has done some acting as well.
Jalicia Nightengale’s net worth
As of early 2020, Jalicia Nightengale’s net worth is estimated to be over $700,000, largely earned through a successful modeling career. She has traveled the world appearing in print ads, runway shows and television commercials.
She has been mentioned in numerous publications and has also campaigned for the equal treatment of dark-skinned models.
from Jalicia blue eyes come from the father’s side of the family, a recessive gene that occurs only a few times per generation. The blue is an unusual shade, extremely light and vibrant, on the bright side of the spectrum. This, of course, helped her get noticed, although she didn’t consider modeling as a career early on in life.
It was quite the opposite as she often attracted the attention of strangers and people at her school. The locals were very wary of her eyes, and her school even had to get her mother to write a letter proving she wasn’t blind because of her eye color. Many locals envied her unusual color, and she was also bullied for it, reaching a point where she didn’t even attend school for a semester. People always asked her about her eyes, and she was very defensive during her childhood.
Career as a model
Over the years, Nightengale got used to her eyes and even came to see them as more of an asset than a curse. The teasing turned into more attention and she was eventually encouraged by some to take up modeling.
She was 19 years old when she was convinced by her boyfriend to move to Switzerland and pursue a career as a professional model where she was immediately noticed and not treated with the same discord she once felt. Wanting to find her breakthrough in the field, she kept submitting auditions for “Switzerland’s Next Top Model” – she had to send in her audition several times, knowing that prejudice in the modeling industry against with dark skin women would mean she would get rejected a few times before anyone would notice.
Her actions proved successful and she entered the contest that put her forward as an aspiring model; the Top model franchise is internationally known as a platform to discover emerging models. The show started in the US with “America’s Next Top Model”, created by supermodel Tyra Banks. With the popularity of the show, many other countries followed suit. Contest winners often received a modeling contract and an article in a top fashion magazine.
Although she did not win the competition, Jalicia’s work in television helped attract numerous agencies who wanted to hire her as a model.
She signed with Scouts Models and did a few odd jobs for them, but eventually quit due to differences; she felt that the company was limiting her opportunities, so she subsequently moved to the UK to pursue jobs and represent herself. During that time she learned to further develop her personality to help her get a job during negotiations. While she’s got the looks, she admitted that having a magnetic personality is what really matters when landing contracts.
She also took steady jobs in France, where she had to take an intensive language course to give her an edge over other models.
She was offered a contract with New Version Models which she accepted, and her work is constantly on the rise as she returned to London where she currently lives. Over the years she has been in the industry, she befriended many dark-skinned professional models, whom she would regularly collaborate with. She wanted to prove that dark skin can be beautiful and is determined to eradicate the stereotype against it.
Nightengale has expressed her interest in pursuing acting after her days as a model are over. She sees herself working as a model until the age of 30, after which she will pay much more attention to acting.
She tested the waters a few times and appeared as one of the Amazon warriors in the movie “Justice Leagueplaying one of the warriors in Themyscira, Wonder Woman’s home, and was present during several scenes where they would fight against the villain, Steppenwolf.
She also said she did a cameo in “Star Wars” around the time that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was about to come out. Although she did not specify her role, the Star Wars movies are known for featuring various celebrities in minor or cameo roles. She also launched the project called Melanin on Melanin, a photo shoot with several black women. The project aimed to bring more exposure to them and prove that dark skin can be beautiful and that white is not always considered beautiful.
The project turned out to be successful and she received attention from various media for her work.
It is unknown if Nightengale is still with her boyfriend who encouraged her to become a model. She doesn’t talk much about her romances and doesn’t have any social media accounts that can provide an insight into her life outside of modeling. Although living in London was a drastic change from her life in Barbados, she is now used to living in different cultures and is the woman who stands out from the crowd. She has traveled the world thanks to her work, but she also wants to put Barbados on the map as an interesting place for model scouts.