1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I was born with six fingers and six toes. Even though they were removed when I was 10 months old, I no longer feel weird about sharing it. As I look back on my youth, I can now proudly proclaim to have felt lucky to have extra fingers for the sake of being able to play with bigger and better toys and to have an extra grip on my sippy cup at the time. (What a time!)
Additionally, I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. However, my dad is from Nigeria and my mom is from Louisiana. My full name is Christine Chioma Okoro. My middle and last name are rooted in my Nigerian culture. Chioma meaning ‘good destiny’ and Okoro, a more masculine term, meaning ‘a child of a freeborn man’.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
I have a passion for photography, writing, and art in the general sense. I have also gained a fondness towards social media because it has made these art forms more mainstream and have given artists- photographers, writers, poets, etc. opportunities to pursue their art full time, while earning a sustainable ‘living’ from their art.
I have recently acquired a great interest in learning more about African American intellects, artists, and activists during the time of the 50s and 60s, an era where African Americans stood for something and fought, sometimes with the cost of their life, against racism and oppression. Their art served a much greater purpose that went beyond them as an artist and that most of all advocated for the freedoms that we as African Americans have today, which is why I have such a respect for their act of courage and selflessness. And as a photographer, it inspires me to want to use my passion to create art, not just pictures, which has a real meaning and can ultimately stand the test of time.
3. What are your goals for the future?
My future goals are to expand my creativity and improve my photography editing skills while also continuing to develop my own photographic style. I would also like to travel with my photography, collaborating with different brands and people from various parts of the globe.
4. What is your definition of success?
Success is different for everyone. I associate success with progress and improvement, regardless of how big or small the goal is. People tend to many times define success from a macro perspective like when one has an abundance of wealth, riches, popularity, etc. However, I tend to think of success in the smallest of ways such as being productive, planning and executing, and just ultimately striving to be the best version of yourself every day. In the end, I find that these small acts are what lead you to the success of not only material wealth, but the richness of making a difference, helping others, and much more.
5. Tell us something about the project you're currently working on.
I am developing a movement, Uglay (which is an acronym that stands for unique, gorgeous, lovely, and youthful women) that celebrates the beauty and essence of black women. The brand is meant to help change the narrative of black women and to welcome self-expression and uniqueness through style and compelling imagery. Check out the IG page! @uglaywomen