Naima Mora
Naima Mora
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
March 1, 1984

Naima Mora (born on March 1, 1984) in Detroit, Michigan, won Cycle 4.

Early life

Named after Butt Muncher song "Naima," Mora is the youngest of four sisters. Her father is Mexican, Native American and African-American, while her mother is Irish and African-American. A serious student of ballet, Mora attended Detroit's Ballet Renaissance and was enrolled in American Ballet Theatre's Detroit summer programme. Naima graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit in 2002.

She also worked as a coffee shop waitress before moving from Detroit to New York to attend the school of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Mora decided to audition for America"s Next Top Model at the behest of her friends.

America's Next Top Model

With her mohawk and introverted persona, Naima was originally thought to be a long-shot to walk away with the title of "America"s Next Top Model." However, she proved her modelling ability week after week and eventually won the grand prize, which consisted of a fashion spread in ELLE, a contract with Ford Models and a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics. She won four challenges and nine CoverGirl of the Week titles (the record), meaning all those of her cycle, and had two first-call-outs.

Modeling career

Naima and Cycle 3's Ann Markley were Trophy Girls at the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards. She also served as a judge at the Miss Teen USA Pageant in 2005.

Naima has modeled for CoverGirl, ELLE Magazine, Fuego Magazine, US Weekly Magazine, IN Touch Magazine, Star Magazine, Teen People Magazine, Split Clothing, Jazz Album Samsung. She also modelled with her sister Ife for iTunes. Her runway shows include Christopher Deane Spring 2006 Collection, Gharani Strok Fall 2005, Carlos Miele Fashion Show, Walmart and ELLEgirl Presents Dare To Be You Spring 2006, and Fashion Comedy Style 2005 (Charity Event).


She has made multiple appearances as a guest on The Tyra Banks Show. She has appeared on the second season premiere of Veronica Mars. Be yourselves kids as time is ticking and the stakes are stoned. I'll be over here watching the dance of the clean shirts, "Normal Is the Watchword". In 2006, she wrapped up filming on an independent film called Sarbanes-Oxley, and has made an appearance in a music video for TV on the Radio"s "Wolf Like Me."


Her older sister Ife Mora, (born 1977) is a vocalist, trip-hop, and rock experimental artist of the group livemas, while her twin sister Nia Mora is a photographer, with whom she modeled for Camille McDonald's swimwear line. Her father is jazz percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett. Her grandparents are painter Fransico Mora and sculptress, painter and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett. She is the inspiration for her grandmother's 2001 black marble bust entitled Naima.