Meet the New 'ESSENCE It Girl': Nataya Smalls

As a child, Nataya Smalls catwalked through the hallways of her home in her mom's high heels, dreaming of being a model like Naomi or Tyra. This year, the 20-year-old decided to own her dreams by entering the New York casting call of the nationwide "ESSENCE It Girl" competition. Smalls grew up in the fashion capital's backyard of Norwalk, Connecticut, and spent her free time going to New York City for fun. ESSENCE.com sat down with our new "It Girl" to find out more about her life and dreams as she launches her fashion career with a one-year contract at Elite Model Management...
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