Beauty Break: Nakia Adams Founder of Womanhood

"Just be. Be present, loud, bold, compassionate, active, alive,be the woman you aspire to be."

Nakia (nik) adams is an artist, content curator, and the founder of womanhood - a resource and networking community built for millennial women to be encouraged to live as their true self. After earning a degree in psychology in 2012, she vowed to dedicate her time giving back to her community and has partnered with two growing organizations: black girls code and take care of harlem. With passion and purpose, Nakia is now working as data specialist for the city of New York and shares her spare time with family, friends, and helping individuals create life changes!

One major quote you live by: "and here you are living despite it all." - rupi kaur

What does women empowerment mean to you? In literal terms empowerment is defined as a multi-dimensional social process that helps people gain control over their own lives. I believe the word itself speaks volumes empower - "in power". 

My version of empowerment comes from tools that I use in my professional, and personal life that propel me to act on issues i find important.

Empowerment looks like sister and brotherhood, empowerment can be found online re-tweeting a quote you that resonated with you.  

"My biggest gift is my heart and my biggest curse is also my heart."

When you do you feel most beautiful? I feel most beautiful in the morning. When the sun is rising and I've completed my daily meditation session.

Favorite feature? My favorite physical feature would have to be my cheekbones, but my favorite non-physical feature is my Ambition.

What’s inside your make-up bag?

  • Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Foundation
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, Copenhagen
  • Mac Lipstick, Stone
  • Mac Lipstick, myth
  • Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  • e.l.f. Small Angled Brush
  • random Foundation Brush
  • e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner

What drove you to create Womanhood? Womanhood was assembled in 2014 as a support group, and resource platform for millennial women. Our mission has grown since then to a community where women can unionize in a comfortable atmosphere, in which they can network, learn and connect with one another.

I was driven by my relationships and connections with women. I kept having the same conversations with friends about healing, how to practice self-care, relationship issues, finding yourself etc. I decided to create a space for women to come together and talk about all of the problems, the causes and we collectively seek solutions.

The idea to form a sister circle started a few years prior to the launch of womanhood. I had a blueprint of notes stored in my phone that I shared with one of my close friends Stephanie Samuels. She encouraged me, and supported me through the beginning stages of womanhood, and I felt the timing was right, the women were receptive and unity was needed.

3 women, you are most inspired by? This is a tough one because so many women have inspired me to become the woman that I am today. But if I had to choose three they would be Karen Civil, Janet Mock, and Frida Kahlo. Those three women are the makings of me. 

If you were a dress what would you look like? If I were a dress I would be neoprene, form fitting, and available in all sizes. 

If you were a lipstick what color would you be and why? If I were a lipstick I would be My-Red. The reason why, is  because I've searched and searched for the perfect red for me, but I've been unsuccessful. 

What are 3 things you must travel with at all times? The three things I must travel with at all times are my phone charger, headphones, and a journal or notepad. 

The last song you played on your ipod Acapella - Kelis 

Biggest career accomplishment: My biggest accomplishment thus far has been being featured and recognized on sites created by women that I visit on a weekly basis.

  • Herself 
  • Saint Heron 
  • Yetti Says 
  • Nai’s Vision 
  • Be Moxie 
  • Her Beauty Speaks
  • Darla Magazine
  • Pinned x Stitched

What do you feel your biggest gift is and your biggest curse? My biggest gift is my heart and my biggest curse is also my heart. 

What upcoming projects do you have for 2016? 2016 has already been so good to me. Lots and lots of opportunities in the works if anyone would like to stay in the loop please subscribe to the Womanhood Newsletter.

Favorite childhood hobby? My favorite childhood hobby would have to be jumping double dutch. I was a pro :) 

One inspirational message you would like to send women? Just be. Be present, loud, bold, compassionate, active, alive,be the woman you aspire to be.

"I feel most beautiful in the morning. When the sun is rising..."