Portland’s Whitley Nabintu Marshall returned to Manhattan to represent New England and compete for the International Ms. title in Times Square during New York Fashion Week. Whitley competed last year and came home 1st runner-up to receive the International Mrs. USA title and a special award for leadership. That year she returned home with the crown and was again honored with the Director’s Leadership Award.
Whitley Nabintu Marshall is an award-winning Portland-based artist, activist and entrepreneur who strives to connect communities through arts and cultural exchange and nurture a uniquely inclusive culture that fosters conversation and inspires compassionate action and makes an international impact. She was recently recognized by NYC Journal as one of the Top 30 Women Leaders to Watch in 2022 and was named one of the 22 Top Models of 2022 by Model Society Magazine and a VIP Model for Supermodels Unlimited Magazine. Whitley is a co-founder of several organizations including Green Initiatives and World Roots Culture Exchange and leads several social and environmental initiatives including the Compassionate Leadership Project. She is the owner and editor of Artlovelifestyle Magazine, a certified personal trainer at Anytime Fitness, co-director of Barefoot Truth Dance Company and a performing member of the Ikirenga cy’Intore Rwandan Cultural Troupe.
Through her efforts, Whitley aims to raise the standards of beauty by hosting message-based True Beauty photoshoots and cover contests for Artlovelifestyle magazine that focus on the attributes of true beauty: compassion, strength, resilience, Diversity, authenticity and includes all shapes, sizes, shades, genders, ages and backgrounds. This fall she will be hosting the first annual True Beauty Awards to celebrate Artlovelifestyle Magazine’s 1 year anniversary. (www.artlovelifestyle.com) Along with new Mrs. Worldwide, Misty Coolidge, they recently hosted their First Annual Flowers that Feed Art and Fashion exhibition, where they were able to feed about 6,600 Mainers and are expected to more than double their numbers, with impact next year.
In addition, Whitley will continue to host Compassionate Conversations, a series of interviews as part of World Roots Culture Exchange’s Compassionate Leadership Project, as well as an 8-week leadership training course (www.worldrootscultureexchange.org), e-books and a guided journal , and will meet with other Ms. international delegates to highlight her diverse platforms as she travels to over twenty states and four countries to volunteer and model over the coming year.
“I strive to nurture a uniquely inclusive culture that fuels conversation and inspires compassionate action, and encourages people to embrace their most beautiful and authentic selves. That intent is at the heart of everything I do,” says Whitley Nabintu Marshall.
The International Ms. Pageant honors and celebrates women from around the world who stand for empowerment, elegance and entrepreneurship. The competition consists of seven competition areas:
40% job interview
10% – Introductory video
10% – catwalk modeling
10% – Resort Wear modeling
10% – Modeling formal wear
10% – Social media
10% – photogenic
During New York Fashion Week, Whitley modeled for Laylah Rose Couture and walked the runway at the VIP charity gala at the Times Square Marriott Marquis, where she raised over $12,000 for the Still She Rose initiative and grants to empower women for the beauties could collect for a non-profit non-profit organization.
Here is a full list of award winners:
International Ms – Romania > $2,500 Scholarship
1st Runner Up – Jamaica > $150 grant
2nd Runner Up – UK > $150 grant
3rd Runner Up – North America > $150 grant
4th Runner-Up – Missouri >$150 Scholarship
5th Runner Up – Tennessee > $150 grant
6th Runner Up (People Choice) – Philippines > $250 Scholarship
Ms. USA – DC Metro > $1,000 grant
1st Runner-Up – New York >$150 Scholarship
2nd Runner Up – Illinois >$150 Scholarship
Mrs USA – New England > $1,000 scholarship
1st Runner Up – Oregon > $150 grant
2nd Runner Up – Puerto Rico > $150 grant
Resortwear – Jamaica > Tori Belle Spokesmodel
Photo – Missouri
Videos – New York
Social Media – United Kingdom
Runway – Romania
Festive Attire – DC Metro
Interview – Alabama
Community Award – Colorado > $150 grant from Carroll Crown Coaching
Still She Rose – Australia > $500 grant from B4ACUSA 501c3
Shaun Strong Resolve – North Carolina
Sympathy – United Kingdom
Director’s Guide – New England
Legacy Veteran – Mid-Atlantic
Whitley’s intro video can be found here: