Sheterria Heaven Elliott
Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Sheterria Heaven Elliott & I was born with Albinism, which is a genetic condition where you’re born with little to no pigment in your hair, skin & eyes.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
I am a 20-year-old Model, Youtuber, Young Entrepreneur and Bullying Advocate. Modeling for me is not just about being another “pretty face” modeling for me is about breaking barriers and bringing more awareness to Albinism and differences. Within the Modeling and beauty industry you rarely see others who have differences represented or given the same opportunities as our modeling peers. I feel as though it’s time for a change and I want to represent that change. Within all of the things I do, I make sure to incorporate my mission and my purpose, rather it’s on my YouTube or my new business launching soon , inclusivity and representation is what I stand for because I want to be able to show others like me, that if I can do it they can do it as well. Being a bullying advocate is something that hits home because I’ve been bullied all my life, growing up with a condition that attracts pure ignorance is the hardest moments I have ever had to go through. My strength was tested many times but through it all I came out on top. My tragic case of cyber bullying made me realize it was time for me to stand up for not only myself but for others going through the same struggles as I do. With the help of my Parents, Representative Reggie Fullwood, Senator Dwight Bullard, & Dr. Dorothy Bendross Mindingall, we fought hard for my Cyber Bullying Bill “The Imagine Sheterria Elliott Act” Senate Bill 626 and it passed unanimously. What my Bill dose is if any student is cyber bullied on school grounds such as myself, the student must remove the content and their actions will be accounted for and rectified. In my case that was not able to happen, so the fact that I am able to help students all around the world who go through what I went through is so fulfilling.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
I would say the most empowering thing that makes me feel courageous is still being able to be here to tell my story today. It takes a toll on you when you have questioned your purpose throughout your whole life, so the fact that I was able to turn my pain into gold is what keeps me going every day.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
I would tell the 16-year-old Sheterria to KEEP PUSHING! I know you will get tired; I know you will want to give up, I know that it’s a long road of trial and tribulation, but baby girl you have so much potential & great things coming your way in the future! Tap in & stay focused!
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
To my fellow ladies lacking in courage I want you to know that I was You, I was insecure with who I was born to be, I used to live my life and my routine for society so much that I forgot about myself. I was so afraid to step out of my house without makeup because I was scared that my friends from school would notice the difference of my appearance with my makeup off vs when I have it on. It took me until 2018 to realize that My blonde eyebrows and lashes are beautiful WITH OR WITHOUT makeup! I choose to not let society’s perceptions of beauty destroy me into believing I had to be just like everybody else to be “beautiful” I choose to be Different & I hope you do too.