Bianca Golden: From America’s Next Top Model to TEDx Speaker
Bianca Golden is a model, teacher and motivational speaker who rose to fame as a contestant on the reality show America’s Next Top Model. She competed in two seasons of the show, placing fourth in cycle 9 and ninth in the all-star cycle 17. She has also modeled on Project Runway, appeared on BET’s Rip the Runway, interviewed several celebrities and was featured in Essence magazine.
But Bianca is more than just a pretty face. She is also a passionate educator who believes in the power of modeling positive behavior and inspiring young people to pursue their dreams. She has a bachelor’s degree in childhood education and a master’s degree in special education from St. John’s University. She currently teaches at a public school in Queens, New York, where she incorporates her modeling experience into her lessons.
In 2019, Bianca gave a TEDx talk titled “A Modeled Teacher” at TEDxQueensVillage, where she shared her story of overcoming challenges and stereotypes as a model and a teacher. She also explained how she uses modeling as a tool to create magic in the classroom and empower her students to be confident and creative. She said: “Modeling is not just about posing for a camera or walking down a runway. It’s about being a role model, being an example, being a leader.”
Bianca’s message is one of hope, resilience and self-love. She encourages everyone to embrace their uniqueness and follow their passion, whether it’s modeling, teaching or anything else. She said: “You are beautiful. You are smart. You are capable. You are enough.”
Bianca’s journey as a model and a teacher has not been easy. She faced many obstacles and criticisms along the way, both from the fashion industry and the education system. She had to deal with racism, sexism, body-shaming, bullying and violence. She also had to balance her busy schedule and cope with stress and pressure.
But Bianca did not let these challenges stop her from pursuing her goals. She learned to overcome her fears and insecurities and to stand up for herself and others. She also learned to appreciate her diversity and celebrate her achievements. She said: “I am proud of who I am and where I come from. I am proud of my skin color, my hair texture, my body shape, my accent, my culture.”
Bianca also credits her family, friends and mentors for supporting her and inspiring her throughout her career. She said: “I am grateful for the people who believed in me and pushed me to be better. They taught me the value of hard work, education, kindness and humility. They also taught me the importance of giving back and helping others.”
Bianca hopes that by sharing her story, she can inspire others to overcome their own challenges and pursue their own passions. She said: “I want to be a voice for the voiceless, a light for the dark, a hope for the hopeless. I want to show people that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and work hard for it.”