Fanta Camara and is the oldest of five children. Her family is originally from West Africa, Guinea, Conakry, but was born & raised in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up, Fanta was always considered to be that "awkward looking, skinny, tall, braced-faced, black girl with the "high-water" jeans" on at the back of every line. It was frustrating, embarrassing & annoying, especially since She used to get bullied EVERY SINGLE DAY. Her parents didn't know & her teachers never really paid attention. "African booty scratcher," "the girl from Recess," "Daddy-Long Leg" & "Stilts" were just a few things Fanta was called amongst many other names. This is what she heard every single day in Elementary School. Little did these kids know that those words would have such a huge impact on her life from that day forward! And of course it did!
Fanta grew up being insecure with her weight, her height, her skin color & the way she looked. Fanta always felt like she was never good enough or pretty enough or short enough or even thick enough! Her parents didn't know nor did they understand that she being verbally abused/bullied affected her in so many ways & still affects her today. At home Fanta would get compared to other family members, which made it worse. However, she started to do things that made her feel good about myself, both inside and out. School was her best friend! Fanta made sure that she was involved in almost everything that was offered, from Band to Basketball to Cheerleading to Dancing to Stepping to Theatre to Yoga to Tutoring to Teaching to do Community Service & now Modeling!
Fanta took every negative insult thrown at her & changed it into something positive by doing what she love to do, Rip the Runway! Fanta began modeling in September of 2014. She had the beautiful opportunities of walking for several International Designers during New York Fashion Week & also walking for several High-Fashion Designers for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. It was such a blessing!
After just a few months of modeling professionally, Fanta was chosen to be the Covergirl of
Fashion Avenue News Magazine in December of 2014. Then again in January of 2015, she was blessed with an 8-page spread of a French Editorial Magazine called Beau Nu. Then again in February, Fanta was featured in Zele Magazine, which captured her Ripping the Runway for her International Designer, Sohung. Words can't even describe how grateful & appreciative Fanta was of such wonderful opportunities.