Tierra Benton is a model and kemetic reiki healing artist sharing her creative gifts to encourage you to be your best self

The Glow Up

The Glow Up

I heard through the grape vine that the Pantene commercial was being played in times square. I slid on the gram to find that artist and campaign co-star Demi Grace confirmed the fact but I still couldn’t tell if the full ad was being shown. Wednesday morning I decided I would venture to the tourism capital of the world and see for myself. The day was perfect, Marvin and I enjoyed the sweet sizzle of summer weather as we made our journey from Queens to the city. On the train ride I found myself in deep reflection. I recalled all the incredible experiences and beautiful beings I’ve had the blessing of encountering since I made NY my home. I giggled to myself as we came to pass the 57th street stop on the M train, thinking of my first days in the big city and my first job at Abercrombie n Fitch on 5th ave. It seems like yesterday I was folding shirts fully emerged in the mist of FIERCE which permeates the flagship store. It was during my time there that I met the beautiful being and co-worker Demi Grace. We actually met in a hair salon as models for a fashion show celebrating black hair. As we awaited hair prep and made introductions my soul kept saying she was familiar. That’s when she made me aware that I actually had worked with her sister in the past, with one of my first beauty campaigns with Creme of Nature.

Tierra Benton met Pantene Campaign co star, Demi Grace's sister, Deborah Ayorinde (top right) in 2010 for a hair campaign with Creme of Nature.

Tierra Benton met Pantene Campaign co star, Demi Grace's sister, Deborah Ayorinde (top right) in 2010 for a hair campaign with Creme of Nature.

Since then Demi and have tapped into the fierceness of our creative expressions.  It all came full circle when I came on set for my first look with PANTENE and I took notice to her photo as the template for the shot-list. I smiled at the synchronicity of the universe which once again confirmed that I was in the flow.   

Tierra Benton rocks her natural afro for the Pantene Gold Series Campaign

Tierra Benton rocks her natural afro for the Pantene Gold Series Campaign

 Demi Grace co-star's in the Pantene Gold Series commercial campaign

 Demi Grace co-star's in the Pantene Gold Series commercial campaign

It has been a supreme pleasure be apart of this project. All the golden Queens are so talented and sweet and the creative team crafted such a work of art. I am not surprised that all the good energy we each put in last December has been well received across the webiverse. From celebrities like my childhood idols Brandy, Kimora Lee Simons, and Jada Pinkette Smith, all appreciated and shared the ad. In addition to being featured on mega networks like FOX, BET and more - it has all beenmagical. Wednesday's experience put the icing on an already sweet situation when I saw my big head on the Marriott Marquis’ megatron in Times Square NY.

Tierra Benton featured in Times Square NY
Tierra Benton featured in Times Square NY

 Nearly paralyzed, all I could utter was wow.

In the matter of seconds so much information flashed through my minds eye. So many memories. So many seeds sewn. So many shows, shoots and stones laid. So many well wishes and so much support from the heavenly and earthly beings. I was filled with gratitude because it was all relevant, all so purposefully placed and it all brought me to the now. The now of accomplishing yet another dream. The now of being featured before millions in the fashion, culture and tourism capitol of the world. Most importantly it brought me to the now of knowing this is only the beginning.

I never did take the traditional path. I came to this city like many beautiful beings - with a little bit of money and a big bright dream. I still remember the lump in my throat from fighting tears as I drove to the airport with my mother and brother knowing my one way flight was going to change us all forever. I share my story as an example for beings like me. Be encouraged and be true to your self. Invest in those things that bring you joy and fulfill your purpose. When you feel that dream bubbling in your soul that just won't leave you alone, follow it. At first the path may not be clear but trust me you will find your way. Nurture your gifts and refine your craft. Love it fearlessly and be open to deepening your inner standing of its highest expression. When you begin to reach the peaks of your successes and reap your harvests,  remember your roots. Remember your true source. Remember you got this. Remember you are everything and everything is you. Remember what your momma and daddy, sisters and brother told you. That way when it’s your time to shine - you glo’ up and do it BIG like only you can.

LOVE and LIGHT,

TEA