With an extraordinary measure of success in the world of pageantry and runway modeling, Nicola Ifill-Fraser (née Sammy-Ifill) harnesses the depth and breath of experience garnered in those realms, and is today the Artistic Director of ENASHA PHOTOGRAPHY. In this role, Nicola coordinates fashion and portraiture work for her business - a successful joint venture with her spouse, a San Francisco based photographer.
Nicola’s entrée into pageantry was in 2006, when she contended for and was recognized as the first runner-up for Miss City of Port of Spain. The following year, she captivated Trinidad and Tobago when she was crowned Miss Elegance. She has entered other pageants including, but not limited to, Miss Tourism and Miss Caribbean Fiesta. Additionally, she has been a staple on the runways for Mastercard International and other notable fashion events.
In many respects, Nicola challenges the maxim that “beauty and brains” do not go hand in hand. In fact, her academic accomplishments are quite notable. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology – Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. At the same institution, she has completed the course requirements and is now a candidate for a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, majoring in Food Science and Technology.
Given her academic preparation, she has held professional positions with a number of corporate entities. Among them is Mead Johnson Nutritionals, a wholly owned subsidiary of international pharmaceutical giant, Bristol Myers Squibb. She served as a Professional Medical Representative where she traveled internationally liaising with medical practitioners and other health care professionals about their products.
Fashion | Panåche is Nicola’s brainchild. She conceived of the idea, in collaboration with her spouse, as a means of providing an opportunity to Caribbean designers, makeup artists, and models to secure assistance in showcasing their work internationally. She was determined to “give back” to the Caribbean. Accordingly she conceptualized a project where all the costs would be born by their business.
This is perhaps a testimony to the fact that Nicola Ifill-Fraser is a proud Trinidadian, born and raised in Arima. A guiding principle by which she lives was espoused by Nelson Mandela who wrote, “…We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same…” - Nelson Mandela, 1994.
Congratulations to Nicola for developing the idea of Fashion | Panåche, coordinating much of the activities, and yet staying close to her roots and being one of the models to be photographed. We look forward to showcasing her photos later this fall.