by MIKE CHAIKEN
Nikoleta Morales is all about representation in the world of modeling.
A recent winner at Magnifique Showcase, which is organized by “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Victoria Henley, Nikoleta said, “As a curvy woman, it is important for me to see women like me on the runway.”
Nikoleta (who describes herself as a “curvy, short model (of) Bulgarian ethnicity”) said, “We all come in different sizes, shapes, ethnicities and no one is the same, so why should fashion be only for one size or ethnicity? If fashion is to represent us all truly, then diversity and inclusivity is a must so that we all feel seen and represented.”
As a model, Nikoleta’s been racking up plenty of credits. She has appeared in and worked with Supermodels Unlimited, Model Icon Inc. and, as noted, Magnifique. She also has been published, securing the cover of Magic Image Hollywood Magazine. Additionally, she walked at New York Fashion Week and Chicago Fashion Week.
Nikoleta discovered her passion for modeling as a contestant in a beauty pageant in 2019. Since that first pageant, Nikoleta has won the state title Ms. Illinois Woman American Elegance 2020, Miss Infinity Illinois 2019, the international title Miss Royalty International Duchess 2021/22 and Miss Royalty International Spokesmodel 2021/22.
In addition to her modeling and pageant experiences, Nikoleta is an entertainment journalist and publicist based in Chicago.