Briana Harris is a 22-year-old senior at the University of Alabama where she is majoring in journalism with a minor in creative writing. Originally from Montgomery, Ala., Briana struggled with beauty as a child. With an African-American background, Briana felt like being white was beautiful and longed for long flowing hair. After coming to college, Briana decided to embrace her African-American roots and go natural with her hair, which she says is liberating.
What is your dream job? I would love to work at a company as the head of its public/media relations division.
What is your favorite virtue? Compassion. Without compassion the world would be very cold and unforgiving.
What is your favorite food? I love chocolate, if that counts. lol
Who is your role model and why? My mother is my role model. She has survived two battles with breast cancer, but she has never allowed the struggles throughout life to steal her joy. She is a giving person and will help her family in any way that she can.
What is your advice to women who struggle with body image? My advice would be to focus on things about yourself that you feel set you apart from other people. Whatever you are good at, or whatever traits about yourself that you feel are exceptional, focus on them.
What is your idea of happiness? I think that the true defintion of happiness is appreciating your life, the people in it, and being completely satisfied with what you have. When you are happy, you don’t envy what others have or wish that substantial things in your life were different.
What is beauty? Beauty is internal. A person must have good character, morals and compassion in order to be considered beautiful to me. I refer to people that I think possess physical attractiveness as being pretty or handsome.
What do you enjoy doing most? I enjoy doing a lot of things, but at the moment, I would say that I love to do artsy things like make mosaics and paint. It is really relaxing.
If not yourself, who would you like to be? I wouldn’t want to be anyone else. From the outside looking in, we may think that it would be cool to be someone else without knowing the real conditions of that person’s life.
What is your biggest weakness? I can be very stubborn.
What is your biggest strength? The fact that I realize that I can be very stubborn and hesitate to compromise. If a person isn’t aware of the downfalls, then they can’t work to improve them. I think that we should always be working to improve oursleves, when we stop, it is a huge disservice to ourselves.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? I would like to be able to sing beautifully.
What do you most value in your friends? Their loyalty and honesty. I have a close cirlce of friends that I know will tell me the truth even when I don’t want to hear it. They help keep me grounded and always have my back.