Wavy Lady Of The Week 006: Vanessa Williams
Tell us your name.
Vanessa Sheneka Williams
What’s your wave?
I create, I manage, I curate, I write poetry, I model, I do hair, I style. I love, I see, I feel, I hear, I nurture, I protect, I motivate, I teach, I learn. I laugh, I smile, I moan, I cry I appreciate, I understand, I accept, I reflect. I’m a mother, I’m a lover, I’m a fighter and I’m a friend. When I talk about myself it becomes a very touchy topic for me because I am a very deep passionate person and everything I see or do means something or is an expression of how I feel. I consider myself a fortress of my being which is where my everything comes from within. So no matter what I do I’m always and can only do ME.
How did you get the vision to start your wave? Why?
I would have to say my mom and my son Aidan. My mother taught me a lot about being myself. She was young when she had me and going through a lot so she didn’t have all the answers as a prepared mom would have but I think that is what made it special. She taught me how to be confident in myself. My mom was always in style, she was always sassy and smiling. One thing that I always remembered was that she constantly had a different hair style. She also had a lot of clothes, shoes, perfumes and lipsticks. She bought me this doll that sat in a high chair and she showed and taught me how to braid when I was 3 or 4 years old. She always made my bed with princess blankets and dressed me up all the time in different looks lol. I always smile when I look at the 3 big ass photos albums with pictures of just me in different looks and as a happy innocent child (looking just like Aidan). She always gave me princess stickers and gave me a lot of kisses.
Besides that I went through a lot of traumatic experiences growing up; betrayal, family issues, abuse, near death and just A LOT OF negative things. I feel like I actually appreciate those mishaps because it helped me realize that as good as things can be at the same time it can be as bad. So if I can be nothing (which doesn’t exist because everyone has a purpose) but as much as you can be nothing is as much as you can be whatever the fuck you want to be. There’s no limit to what you want to do. You only have your mind, body and soul to express yourself so I prefer to use those outlets to communicate and express freely because there was a point in my life where I thought that speaking freely was wrong and I’ll no longer be silent. My son Aidan is my light. There’s no explanation or story that can describe the reason why I move forward because his existence is the base of me.
What do you keep in your self-care kit?
A picture of my son Aidan, money, lipstick ( Revlon’s “Berry Haute”), perfume (Euphoria by Calvin Klein), glitter nail polish (Essie “Stroke of Brilliance”)
What is your all-time favorite sneaker?
I don’t really have a favorite sneaker because I’m mostly a shoe girl… I like any shoe that makes my legs look sexier so I can stride around like a sexy lil’ unicorn.
What are 3 wavy words that inspire you?
Aidan, Spicy, Butterfly
Photography by, Taylor Flash