Learn how one moment at a skating rink catapulted
3-year old Celai West into a budding Powerhouse Mogul.
Celai West is the name ringing all over Los Angeles and New York! Recently featured on Vogue Italia and Good morning America, this 11 year old is surely kicking up dust. Boasting nearly 200k followers throughout social media, Celai is taking center stage with her electrifying energy, individual style, and undeniable beauty.
Fate or Destiny?
Celai West recounts the moment that changed her life…
“When I was three years old, I was in a skating rink and some guy came up to us and said, “I want to shoot her!”. We were like, “WHAT?!” and then he said, “Oh I’m sorry! I’m a photographer!”. After I did the shoot, I fell in love with modeling. A few months later, when I turned four, I got my first modeling contract, but mom wasn’t really sure if that was really what I wanted to do, so she didn’t sign it. A year later, when I was five, I got another modeling contract, and mom signed it! When print modeling slowed down a bit, I tried runway for the first time. I was seven.”
Picking up speed and notoriety as a Runway Model, Producer, Actress, Philanthropist, Environmentalist, Fashion Mogul, and Entrepreneur, Celai West remain grounded andembracesher roots, culture, and confidence with an abundance of pride and power.
Celai began print modeling when she was five, doing runway shows when she was six, started acting and became the CEO of her own t-shirt line, TheChattyChick.com, at seven, walked in NYFW for the first time at eight, had her first viral video at nine, earned her second viral runway video, and co-authored her first book at 10. Now that she’s 11, she will become the youngest show producer to produce a NYFW show this September with The Industry Fashion Show.
Cell explains, “I didn’t really think I had what it took to be a model. I mean, I knew that I loved it, and the photographer kept saying I was a natural, but I had no idea because I had never really done it before. As far as runway, I really had no clue. I just got on the runway (at Madison Square Garden during NYFW) and the crowd went crazy. Mom was kind of confused though because no one had taught me how to walk.”
Celai is the only runway model walking “at an adult level” at these major
shows…there are no limits to what this role model and icon will achieve
next.She is the epitome of the adage“Big Hair, Don’t Care!”Her look, courage, vibe, and talent are immeasurable and a true inspiration to kids and adults alike.
‘Walk in my purpose…fearlessly’
Celai explains this quote and mindset instilled from her mother, “Keep letting God work thru me and to trust Him and stay on my path, fearlessly.”
“I definitely think models can come in all shapes and sizes. My “model mother,”Liris Crosse from Project Runway 16 is a plus-sized model, and she’s proving that plus-sized models are good too. And then there is me, I’m short for a professional runway model, but I still walking with the adults. It think it’s good that people can change the standards.”
Closing Out NYFW Among Global SuperModelsfrom her coaching videos, candid cameos, and runway selections, it’s no wonder why Celai is easily garnering expansive exposure from kids to adults and top models alike. With 8 viral videos under her belt and production credits on the way, it’s hard to believe that this #girlpreneur is only 11!
In the Cards
“Being an entrepreneur at 11 years old, my average day looks a lot like other 11 year olds’ days. I go to school full time, have homework, chores, and then every so often, I have a talk with my mom and dad, like a meeting, and we figure out what we will be working on. We are really good at only working on one thing at a time so I don’t get stressed out or work too hard.”
Celai is producing a show in NYFW this September, working with The Industry Fashion Show as their Runway Coordinator. Look out for Celai on runways or her fashion and beauty line The Chatty Chick who has also teamed up with “Trees for the Future”to plant a tree with every tee purchased!
About Runway Model, Producer, Actress, Philanthropist, & Entrepreneur Celai West Celai West offers an innate talent from her instinctual catwalk, poses, magnetic personality, and playful charisma since the single digits. She is the epitome of the adage “Big Hair, Don’t Care!”Her look, courage, vibe, and talent is immeasurable and a true inspiration to kids and adults alike. Before Fame her modeling career began when she was just 3 years old! Now at 11 years of age, Celai is claimed to be youngest show producer (Runway Coordinator), featured at both Los Angeles and New York Fashion Week, founded a t-shirt company called “The Chatty Chick,”producing her first NYFW show in September 2019, and a texture activist who aims to help change the negative views of Afro hair. Celai is the Face of World Afro Day and will be in the UK to help lead the Big Hair Assembly in September. She is also an environmentalist who has teamed up with “Tees for the Future”to plant a tree with every tree purchase. Boasting nearly 200k followers throughout social media, Celai is taking center stage from her electrifying energy, individual style, and undeniable beauty. From her coaching videos, candid cameos, and runway selections, it’s no wonder why Celai is easily garnering expansive exposure from kids to adults and top models alike. With 8 viral videos under her belt and production credits on the way, it’s hard to believe this #girlpreneur is only 11!