We had the good fortune of connecting with Nadia Simms and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nadia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to create something for everyone. I wanted to create something that enhances your beauty and doesn’t mask it or make you look like someone you are not because we are all uniquely beautiful in our own ways
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a 14-year-old actress/model/entrepreneur. I started modeling when I was just six months old and shortly thereafter I started doing television commercials. My modeling and TV commercial credits include such clients as American Girl Doll, Sears, Kohls, and Chicago Parent Magazine to name a few. In 2015 I landed a series regular role on a comedic television pilot shot in Chicago alongside legendary actress Marla Gibbs which was directed by famed Actor/Director Bill Duke. In 2016 I landed the dramatic role of “Stacey” in the feature film The Land, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to great reviews. The Land was directed by Steven Caple Jr. Featuring Erykah Badu and executive produced by rapper/actor Nas. You can currently see me making appearances in Comedy Central’s SouthSide, Showtime’s The Chi, Fox’s Proven Innocent, Netflix’s Black and Privileged. In the near future you can see me on the big screen with a role on the upcoming Jordan Peele’s reboot of Candyman also known as “Say My Name” and as “Pessimindle” in the Emmy wining series Fargo on FX. During quarantine, I started my own line of cosmetics. I created YummiPop Cosmetics to be the quintessential hub for all things positive and beauty. YummiPop is for the young adolescent and the young at heart. My products are meant to enhance your natural beauty and evoke confidence all while still keeping you looking like your beautiful self. The packaging is fresh and colorful and the scents are divine. Plus, I will be introducing new products regularly and handmade by me!
I would be lying if I said it was smooth. Being 14 comes with so many challenges by itself but I had to rise above all that and keep a strong mind and do what I want to do. I had to put myself out there and learn and grow. It’s still all a learning experience and a journey for me but I try to stay focused on my goals and encouraged to keep going.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am so new to the city. Coming from Chicago and during the pandemic, it has been very difficult for my family and I to explore and see all that this great state has to offer. We have been to a few places here and there but I will say that Arizona has the most beautiful landscpes and nature. It is incredible here. And also incredibly hot. LOL
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Would love to dedicate this to my family who support me all the time and no matter what
Instagram: @yummipopcosmetics and @nadiasimonesimms
Other: IMDB: http://www.imdb.me/nadiasimms