TSS: Thank you for coming and participating in our Blog: In Focus. For those who don’t know you, please introduce yourself.
A: Hi my name is Araya Nicks, and I am with Wilhelmina Models.
TSS: So, you are a new mom, congrats! How’s new mom life going?
A: Thanks! Oh my god, it’s amazing, it’s exhausting, it’s an adventure – I am learning every single day. Definitely a journey.
TSS: Popcorn or M&M's?
A: Can I combine the two together?
A: Ok, then I would combine and them peanut M&M's.
TSS: What is the worst fashion style choice you’ve ever made?
A: Oh my god, I wore Apple Bottom Jeans and boots with the fur.
TSS: You did?!
A: Yes, girl! I wore the whole song! I was in high school, totally thinking I was the one. Thought I was cute, but definitely not cute at all!
TSS: Ok, you send a text that was intended for someone, but accidentally sent it to another. How do you get out of it?
A: Oh my god, I’ve done that multiple times... Ugh. I just got to be honest with them and say sorry that wasn’t for you, my bad… I have to be nice about it.
TSS: The zombie apocalypse is coming. Who are the three people you want on your team and why?
A: First, my brother. He can make things up and get us out of anything. Then my husband – I feel like my husband and baby can be one because I am not leaving without them. And then, shoot, I guess – sorry mom – my stepdad. He can also get us out of anything.
TSS: What’s your guilty pleasure?
A: I love all things carbs. Anything carbs. Garlic bread, Hot Cheetos- terrible for me - but I love a good junk food.
TSS: Who has made a positive impact in your life?
A: So many people. My mother is amazing, she helps with everything. And my grandfather, who is no longer with us - yeah, he was a great guy.
TSS: What is your least favorite chore?
A: I love doing laundry, but I hate folding the laundry. I hate putting away my clothes.
TSS: Bonus question, how do you get out of it?
A: Um, I tell my husband I’ve done too much for the day and that’s his job…
TSS: Do you believe in ghosts?
A: Um, I believe in spirits, yeah, I think I do. Angels, Demons, all of it.
TSS: What’s your favorite emoji?
A: The one with the shocking eyes - the big eyes. It can be anything – it can be shocked, excited, interested- I use it all the time.
TSS: You were given 1 million dollars to send to charity. Where do you send the money?
A: I think it would go toward an orphanage and families in need. I really love kids and helping people.
TSS: What’s your go-to potluck dish?
A: I make a really good chili dip, which is more of an appetizer. And I make a great charcuterie board. I leave the entrees to my friends. I’m more of an app girl.
TSS: You can live anywhere in the world for a year. Where would you go and why?
A: Somewhere tropical and hot. I think I would like to try Tahiti. I’ve heard amazing things. And Spain along the coast.
TSS: How do you practice sustainability?
A: I avoid plastics and eat locally grown. I like to support small businesses. I think small choices every day to make a big impact.
By: Alana Schmidt
Interview featuring Araya - @arayanicks
Photos by Patrick - @patrickyandoc
Hair and Makeup by Jen - @jencmakeup
**Some answers may have been edited for the purpose of clarity.**