Applause and standing ovation for Aminat Ayinde from season 12 of America’s Next Top Model. This Lavish Lady courageously put her body on display in the complete raw, sans makeup to prove that the pictures in magazines are touched up and altered to make the model look perfect, something she says that her and so many other models really aren’t. Aminat, along with members of The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) was apart of a special show covering body image during BET’s 106 & Park that aired July 30. So many young women and girls strive to obtain an unrealistic body weight plus an image free from flaws, which only ends up in them damaging their self-esteem and questioning their self-worth.

Aminat may not have won the top model spot, but for this bold move, she’s a top model in my book.

Arlice Nichole