Real Beauty Moment: No More Judges


I’ve done gymnastics my whole life, so I went to the gym that Dominique Dawes went to in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Being the only African American on my team since I was 3-years-old, just being comfortable in my own skin and having judges judge me was something I had to overcome—I was home schooled, so a lot of things I had to overcome.

I’m in New York for school. I’m done with gymnastics. I go to LIM college.


Tia and Tamera, I absolutely love them, Zoe Saldana, only because her shape and her body she feels good with herself and I’m a similar shape as her. Being really skinny and tall and kind of awkward is something I can relate to…and obviously Beyonce.


My mother empowers me. She is a single mom and she has gotten me through home school, private school, paid for my tuition for college, having me living here living out my dreams, so she definitely empowers me—she and my grandmother.


Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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