Nneka Salmon the new yorkan

“A Beauty Named…” is a new concept thought up to shine light on women we believe are stylish, interesting, and talented in their own unique way. They represent a rare group who value the smallest treasures in life, whether it is a good meal, small fashion accessory, or photograph that inspires. Audrey Hepburn said it best: “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”

Photographer & Stylist. New York, NY.

1. How would you describe your personal style?

As in previous posts and questionnaires, I refer to my style as minimal and reserved (for the most part). Oftentimes, I switch it up so I am never limited to one era or design. Today I resemble a lady from the 20’s wearing a cloche hat along with a silk Club Monaco shirt and chiffon skirt. I sport my pearls for elegance. While tomorrow you will find me in a simple maxi with a cropped motor jacket and my favorite Lucky Brand sandals. Eccentricity is diversity, so it’s always good to mix and match.

2. What is your most cherished item?

Although my camera is clearly one of the top choices, I will say my bedroom is another runner up. It is the first place I go when I enter my house. After a long day of work I come home and wrap up in my duvet covers while I fall asleep on my favorite R.L. pillows. I find it relative to have a personal place where you can separate from the world every once in a while and clear your mind; it is essential for every human being. This room is my sanctum. It is where I think, rest, and create.

3. Where is your favorite place to dine?

The National (Joya’s) in downtown Brooklyn. It’s a really cheap Thai restaurant my good friend Antia introduced me to. It’s placed in a very convenient location. The service is also amazing. Are you looking for a place to relax and grab a bite on a cool Monday morning? Go to The National! It is also good if you want to have some good laughs over noodles and pineapples on a Friday night with friends. The National is the place to go.

4. What is the best advice you’ve received from your parents?

“Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight, meanwhile their companions slept they were upwards toiling through the night.” This was a saying that my mother grew up on back home in Jamaica. Ever since I was a little girl, my mother pushed and encouraged all of my studies. If I was ever slacking she would take away all of my “devices.” My mother instilled the habits of working hard and getting a good education, especially as a young woman living and developing my financial status and growth in America. It is important for me to strive and accomplish all of my goals so that I can be a living example to the younger New Yorkers of this generation—boys and girls alike.

5. What are you extremely passionate about?

My faith, emotions, art, and anything that I put my hands on. If I wasn’t passionate about it, to be quite frank, I wouldn’t take part in it. My faith has given me strength, courage, wisdom, and understanding to tackle the daily troubles and mountains in life. Through the Word I have found a place to balance my emotions and how to discern decisions and roles. Speaking on the behalf of my art, I work to capture every detail and setting in the camera to get the proper color, setting, and feel. I’m not a fan of over-manipulating images. I work for what I make and I spend time creating the content. These are the three things that are the focus of every line and energy that is exerted from this temple—the passions.

6. What lady do you think embodies pure elegance and style?

As of late, my eyes have been on Tory Burch. I’ve spent late nights watching her interviews and more. There is something genuine about her personality and style that I truly believe reflects into her work and design. Different from most brands, she actually connects to the people and lives the life that she perceives. I am grateful for designers and innovators like her. I look forward to meeting her one day. On another note, I give love and respect to my mother and lady friends who surround me daily, guiding me and leading me into the path of becoming a better woman of tomorrow.

7. What do you consider a staple in a lady’s wardrobe?

Did I ever mention my love for scarves? I know that all women are supposed to have a good pair of shoes—blah, blah, blah. A nice pair of flats will cut it just fine. However, scarves are a necessity! A good scarf can either turn down or turn up your outfit, and most of all, they come in all different fabrics, colors, and prints. It is the perfect touch for every lady that “works hard and dresses well.”

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