When a Black, HBCU-educated woman is passionate about the work she does, you’ll know it. This is exactly the case for former America’s Next Top Model contestant, Bianca Golden.

The once Lincoln University Lion is currently teaching in New York, which can unquestionably come with a unique set of challenges being located in the inner-city.

Golden was born and raised in New York herself, hailing from Queens where she attended Hillcrest High School.

On the show, Golden got eliminated just before the final three, lasting 12 out of 13 episodes. One of the areas of opportunity mentor Tyra Banks indicated for Golden was her attitude. Nearly a decade later, Golden has taken her advice, grown herself, gotten another degree and is now changing the lives & attitudes of the students in New York City. She shares one of these moments with us:

“I’m Not easily impressed but Y’all are impressive”

“…To ME, that’s a problem!”

“if you don’t like me because I have checked you several times, I am okay with that.”

“i’m okay with y’all not liking me, if, by the end of the day yall ate better people!”

Y’all know better than that. Y’all ARE better than that.”

It takes strength to recognize your flaws and even more power to conquer that flaw. Golden works daily to pour into the students of New York, trying to help her students steer clear of issues she faced in the city at their ages. Bianca, thank you for sharing your beautiful testimony.

You count on a teacher who received an education on the campus of a culturally strong, mundane-rebuking historically black university to “keep it real”.

Bianca Golden is signed with Major Model Management in New York, Fusion Model Management in South Africa, Click Models in Boston and Ford Models in Chicago. She was one of the models in the finale of Project Runway (Season 5). She has modeled in Essence, Cosmopolitan, The Source and for various brands. She has also taken part in Farah Angsana Spring 2010 presentation as well as multiple fashion weeks and BET’s Rip The Runway shows. Bianca has also appeared on The Tyra Banks Show several times.