StyleBlazer Exclusive: ‘The Face’ Winner Devyn Clears Up “I’m Not A Black Girl Model” Comment, Hopes To Inspire All Women

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Before The Face season finale aired this week, Devyn Abdullah was known as  “Sally,” not to give away the big reveal. Well, she’s Sally no more. Gorgeous, outspoken and original, she is now fashion’s newest face! The Bronx born beauty has landed a contract with Ulta Beauty, after years of hard work and hustle to both support her young daughter and achieve her dreams. Finally, it’s her moment! We met with Devyn and her supermodel coach Karolina Kurkova for a celebratory lunch at the Peninsula Hotel in NYC. She excitedly talked about the next chapter of her life, inspiring young girls, and finally set the record straight about not considering herself a black girl model, but one that every woman can see a bit of themselves in when they look in the mirror.

StyleBlazer: Congratulations on your win! How does it feel to be able to finally share it with the whole world?

Devyn: “It feels amazing! Just holding on to something for such a long time, it just feels good to get it out of my system and be honest about it. I’m still a New Yorker, I still take the train. And there was actually this situation where I was sitting on the train and there’s a lady next to me and she’s just kinda like peeping me and eyeballing me. I know she’s going to say something. She’s like, “You’re the girl from The Face! Did you win?” And I’m like, “Just tune in on Tuesday at 9pm!” It’s definitely a pleasure and an honor to be the face of Ulta[Beauty]. So I’m definitely proud and I’m excited for everything that’s going to be happening to me.”

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SB: What advice did Karolina give you when you stepped out for your final runway walk?

Devyn: “I remember exactly what she said going on the runway. She said have fun with it. And that was the best advice she could give me in that moment. At that time, the best thing is just to exude all your emotions on the runway. So this way everyone can see that even though this is the final four and my life could is depending on this, I’m having fun with it and I’m enjoying it. I’m loving it. Hopefully you love what I’m wearing and what I’m doing, too. And obviously it worked! And one thing that I love about Karolina as a coach and is a mentor is that she does have that mommy vibe, which is like the perfect nurturing, most effective way to mentor someone. To give them guidance but say, you know what, you’re going to be yourself. I’m going to let you do this on your own. And just kind of shove them along the way. You have to learn from what she’s doing, take her as a mentor example, and just go about your own path. Make your own career. And I think she did an amazing job, and I love you, KK!”

SB: You’re a girl from Bronx. How does it feel having little girls from your neighborhood watching you, and hoping to make your dream their reality? What’s your advice to them?

Devyn: “It feels amazing, honestly. It’s incredible to feel like a role model, especially with all the struggles and things that I’ve gone through in the last three to four years. It’s been a long, long journey. Living in New York is hard enough in itself, so I know anyone living in New York can relate to that. But my message to them and what I want to personify to them is never to give up. Always know your value. And that’s for every woman out there, besides just like little girls. Always know what your value is no matter what skin color, no matter what race, you are a queen. And you should treat yourself like a queen and everyone will treat you like a queen.”

 Devyn found herself in controversy when she said she didn’t consider herself a black model. Was she taken out of context? Keep reading to find out.

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  • Wepo1

    Black women need to lay off this woman!

    • vanessa

      And You need to shut the faaqkup

  • ijs

    …..yeah i dnt feel it sorry to late for me. the words “i dont consider myself a black model” is different from “i dnt put myself into a catagory of race.” ijs thats just my opinion

  • roughcutdiamond

    Devyn is back tracking now, she shouldn’t have won. Her wack explanation is too late.

  • http://twitter.com/SeikoIsKING Seiko

    She didn’t mean it like that! I don’t consider her a Black model either! I consider her to be a MODEL who just so happens to be black

    • http://twitter.com/HollyGrove7 Holly Grove

      She got so much backlash not because she simply said she doesn’t consider herself a black model, it was her explanation as to why.She could’ve said “I don’t consider myself a black model because I don’t want to put myself in a box.” INSTEAD, she said, “I don’t consider myself a black model BECAUSE I’M FAIR-SKINNED SO I HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL LOOK.”

      • http://twitter.com/SeikoIsKING Seiko

        But people wanting to jump on her because they took what she said out of context was just dead wrong. Its clear that she is not AS well spoken as other models

        • http://twitter.com/HollyGrove7 Holly Grove

          What she said was not taken out of context because she shouldn’t have mentioned being “fair-skinned” (which she isn’t) in the same breath. She was basically saying “I’m light skinned so I don’t fit into the mold of being a “black” model.”

        • ItMustBeJelly

          I very clearly understood the context of what she said. I think unfortunately she didn’t understand the context. I hope she learns to think before she speaks next time.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1564967486 Francena McGirt

        Exactly.

  • Sue

    Who cares if she is black, white, whatever ! My thing is, I try to go out of my way to support black women. Therefor when she come forward stating she isn’t black its like alrighty then. Let me find another sister ( who most likely need the support) to throw my support behind…….NEXT ! I try to support my own the same as others do ! Sarah & Linsey dont need my support. Besides Sarah & linsey are every which way you turn….so when I try to do my part supporting black faces, helping inspire other black faces. Dont come with that im not a black woman. If thats the case it defeats the purpose of my intentions ( supporting bw) dont get mad when we fall back !

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1564967486 Francena McGirt

      I completely agree.

  • Honesty

    I’m not impressed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/isattahadiyah Isatta Hadiyah

    I really don’t understand why people were so up in arms about the comment. Like, relax.

  • tracy

    There are MUCH prettier black women, she is like Chanel Iman to me (the other black model) just OKAY