One of her first auditions landed her the role of â€œRed Top,â€? in Ridley Scottâ€™s American Gangster opposite Russell Crow and Denzel Washington.
Where Sheâ€™s From: Melissia Hill was born in Stuttgart, Germany and raised, with her younger brother and sister, in Los Angeles, California, by her mother.
â€œAt an early age, I saw the strength and determination my mother had about our family,â€? she tells The Black Star News. â€œWe never went without lots of loveâ€”she always gave us the best. Like my mother, I never give up, no matter how hard or impossible my goals may seem.â€?
After graduating from University School, Melissia was chosen to be a Student Ambassador representing the United States. â€œThis experience took me all over the world,â€? she recalls. â€œRussia, England, Poland, and the Netherlands.â€? After she came back, she was in college for two years and worked with several modeling scouts then went to Europe to pursue her modeling career. â€œI have modeled all over the world and worked for some of the industryâ€™s top designers,â€? she says.
Where Sheâ€™s At: â€œWhen I moved to New York, I realized I was much more than a model. I enrolled at Fashion Institute of Technology and took classed in design and also discovered a hidden talentâ€”acting.â€?
â€œI am stronger and wiser,â€? Melissia says, referring to her career experiences. â€œSo this makes it easier to create a life of endless possibilities. When I think of my life as an actress, I aspire to be one of the best at my craft and to be able to give back to the world and the people around me.â€?
Where Sheâ€™s Heading: Melissia has a simple philosophy that carries her through lifeâ€™s challenges. â€œListening to my heart, staying focused and having faith is the best wayâ€”I conquer anything thatâ€™s put in my path,â€? she explains.
One of her first auditions landed her the role of â€œRed Top,â€? in Ridley Scottâ€™s American Gangster opposite Russell Crow and Denzel Washington. â€œI am excited, and Iâ€™m proud of myself,â€? she adds, of her achievements thus far.
She also cautions other aspiring models that appearances are only half the equation. â€œYou have to be smart for youâ€”you canâ€™t leave that to anyone else,â€? she explains. â€œIn this profession, you are the business and you have to be the CEO.â€?
How does she maintain her looks? â€œMy style is Bahamian with a Euro feel,â€? Melissia says. â€œI always keep my makeup natural if any, and that goes for my products too. I use eggs and hot oil as a hair conditioner and pure olive oil to moisturize my body.â€?
Melissiaâ€™s Words Of Wisdom: â€œDonâ€™t take yourself so seriouslyâ€”just always look good and do your best.â€?
Melissiaâ€™s Secret To Success: â€œKeep God in your lifeâ€”love yourself and have faith.â€?
Melissiaâ€™s Favorite Three Movies: â€œLady Sings The Blues, Spender In The Grass, The Dreamers.â€?
Melissiaâ€™s Favorite Three Books: â€œThe Four Agreements, Conversations With God, Harry Potter.â€?
First Three Things Melissia Would Do As President: â€œNo one would go hungry, everyone would have proper healthcare, and no more wars.â€?
For more profiles please see the actors/models section. To be considered for inclusion in our profiles section please send your bio and hi resolution pictures to [email protected].
We’ll contact those whose information will be publishedâ€”females and males in all professions are welcom. Make sure you include your words of wisdom and secrets to success.
To subscribe to New Yorkâ€™s favorite Pan-African weekly investigative newspaper please click on â€œsubscribeâ€? on the homepage or call (212) 481-7745. For advertisements or to send us a news tip contact [email protected] â€œSpeaking Truth To Empower,â€? is our motto.