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8 Times Duckie Thot Gave Us All Our Lives On Instagram

"Y'all need to let this comparison go."

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Duckie Thot is visually one of the most majestic beings to ever walk this planet. Standing at almost 6-feet tall, she has enviable skin, Barbie-like features, and legs that go on for days. To say she is stunning is quite literally an understatement, and saying that not many look like her, is one as well. I mean, there's even articles on the internet about her, questioning if she's even real because...melanin.


And we all know melanin is a flex.

Duckie got her start on the eighth cycle of Australia's Next Top Model in 2013 when she was just 17 years old, and after coming in third place, she struggled to find work in the local industry. This, as well as the passing of her sister, ultimately prompted her relocation to the United States. From there, her hustle eventually catapulted into being one of the most in-demand models having walked for fashion houses such as Prabal Gurung, Valentino and Victoria's Secret. Oh, and of course our favorite bad gyal Rihanna scooped her up and featured her as the face of several Fenty Beauty campaigns.

Sis now welcomes the praise that comes along with her newfound popularity, because as we all know, being as beautifully dripped as she is, can have its challenges. She even addressed the evolution of diversity in the beauty industry directly, by simply saying:

"These are moments that should be celebrated. Because when I first started, that wasn't the case at all."

But listen, watch how you compliment her. Because according to Ms. Thot, not all "compliments" are compliments.

In fact, the 25-year-old model says she has had enough of a very particular one: being compared to Kendall Jenner (a comparison that never even crossed my mind, but I guess the audacity of the internet has no bounds). After multiple commenters filled a recent post with, "She looks just like Kendall Jenner!" or "She’s the Black Kendall Jenner!" (*eyeeeerollllll*), Duckie decided to put an end to alladat, and publicly dead the conversation once and for all.

Twitter

She said what she said.

And listen, I'm sure the comparison is meant to be flattering, OK, I get it. I also know that because race relations in America are trash, that most people have no clue how to relate to us other than saying ridiculous shit like somebody as frickin majestic as Duckie 'Damn' Thot can remotely be watered down to such a comparison, but let me be very clear to anyone reading this: absolutely tf not.

Instead, we’re gonna celebrate a queen who is one-of-one, and one that could neverrr be duplicated. Ever.

Here's a list of the 8 times Duckie Thot gave us all of our lives on Instagram!

The time she celebrated Africa Day:

The time she wowed us as a fairy: 

When she flexxed her exotic features in animal print:

When she was proud after applying her Fenty products:

That time she stunned us all London:

Two words: box braids

That time we all wanted to be her wedding date:

And finally, when sis showed us she can rock bangs too:

Continue amazing the world, queen!

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Featured image via Duckie Thot/Instagram

Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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