Imani is a dancer who recently made her debut as a theatre actor in Andrew Ondrejcak’s play Elijah Green. “Elijah changed my life,” she told me as we chatted about her dance career, film aspirations and her recent features in Paper Mag and Vogue Italia. A woman of many talents, Imani is currently hatching up plans to direct her first music video while continuing to pursue a thriving dance and acting career here in NYC.

BLOG-Imani-36Hailing from the south side of Chicago, Imani radiates a palpable passion for life and its many incongruencies. She is strong yet compassionate, willful yet remarkably endearing. Imani and I met up several days after my return from Japan and her contagious smile lifted my spirit as I readjusted to life back in NYC. Truly, there’s nothing like meeting a new kindred spirit to quell homesickness. We did a quick test shoot in her apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The pale morning sun filtered in through the window as she savored a bedside smoke (or three).

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Follow Imani on Instagram to learn more about what she’s up to in NYC.

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Photo Credit: The Denizen Co.