Welcome! I am Dr. Nicola Ifill, a public health nutritionist and fashion stylist living and working in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. For some people, reconciling the two (nutrition and fashion) is a bit of a reach. For me, it’s a natural blending of my two great passions. Here’s a little about my background that highlights who I am today.
I am a native of the Twin Island Republic, Trinidad & Tobago. In local parlance that makes me a “Trini.” Growing up in Trinidad, I was always the skinny girl, slightly awkward, but very particular. Yet, I did enter the world of pageantry, and successfully won a couple crowns. As I grew older, I was drawn to the world of fashion modeling, doing both runway and editorial. I also did some product modeling. I would later parlay my modeling experience into working with designers, stylists, and photographers in developing very refined fashion concepts. Though I embrace a broad range of fashion genres, I developed a special interest in vintage fashion.
Even as I experienced a measure of success in modeling, I always saw it as a time-limited endeavor. For me, it was essential to have an end-game strategy. So, I enrolled in the university and completed a Diploma qualifying me as a dietary technician. I went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology, Nutrition, and Dietetics. But never being one to settle for the basics, I proceeded to earn a Master of Science in Food Science & Technology. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, I also earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Nutrition & Community Health, then a post-graduate Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree. I successfully defended my dissertation after 4 years of focused doctoral study and was awarded the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in leadership.
I have worked in public health nutrition, traveling across the Caribbean, South America, and the United States. My work has included being a medical representative for a major international pharmaceutical corporation. However, it was only a matter of time before I had to find a way to blend these two aspects of my life. I became aware that many in the fashion modeling industry aren’t paying enough attention to the importance of nutrition to beautiful skin and overall contribution to successful work in the industry. So, I’ve made it a point, even as I create styles and concepts, to incorporate nutrition as often as I can.
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