“Performing is in her blood”! Aminah Cole‘s father was a professional saxophonist and jazz band leader and her mother was one of the first African American Professional Plus Size Models. She started singing at the age of 2, dancing at the age of 3 and acting in Off-Broadway musicals by the age of 14. Aminah attended the Talent Unlimited High School for Performing Arts in New York City and continued to study Theater Arts in College. Aminah has been cast in several Comedy Stage Plays, Musical Theater and Gospel Plays. She recently was cast in her first film in the award winning Tony Clomax’s 12-Steps to Recovery Webseries. She is also a playwright/director and songwriter.
Her love for beauty and fashion, being a Plus Size Activist and representative of the Plus Size Community, along with her 6 foot tall stature, Aminah always wanted to pursue a career in Plus Modeling. She attended some classes at the Plus Academy in New York under the direction of her Plus Model Mentor Gwen DeVoe, CEO and Founder of Full Figured Fashion Week and Devoe Signature Entertainment. From there she began her Plus Modeling Career ripping the runway with such groups as Katwalk Katerers and One Chance Entertainment in the Evolution of Curves Tour 2010 in New York City. In November 2011 Aminah was not only a model but a host of the Evolution of Curves Tour 2011 Sponsored by Rapper Nelly’s Clothing Line Apple Bottom. She also ripped the runway with Unique Blend Models in July 2011.
Aminah, also an entrepreneur and believing that she can make a difference in the way “the industry” looks at plus size entertainers and models, started her new company called Not Your Average Talents, the Premiere Plus Size Entertainment Company. The mission is to uplift, inspire, motivate, train and develop aspiring plus size entertainers and models giving plus size actors, singers, dancers, models, comedians, musicians, etc. An avenue to showcase themselves and their talents, find castings specific to their unique image, in addition serving as a one stop source for Casting Directors, Filmmakers, Model Scouts, Record Producers, Production Houses, and Production Studios to use our service to easily find the best in talented plus size entertainers and models. Not Your Average Talents has a mission to break down the barriers of discrimination in the Entertainment Industry against Plus Size Entertainers and Plus Models. NYAT’s goal is to provide a stronger presence and higher visibility to Plus Size Entertainers and Models on TV, Movies, Stage, as Major Recording Artist, on Runways and in Commercial Print. She is a firm believer that people should be judged by the size of their talent and not the size of their body and is determined to change that stigma in entertainment and fashion. She is currently working as the East Coast Project Leader and Vice President of Casting for a documentary on Plus Size Women in the Fashion and Entertainment Industry. You can learn more about Not Your Average Talents and join the Plus Size Entertainers Movement by viewing their website at http://www.notyouraveragetalents.com and signing up on the Plus Size Talents Forum.
2012 started out with blessings for Aminah. She was a guest on the Bill Cunningham Talk Show as well as ABC TV network’s The Revolution. Aminah was also selected and honored by the members of Iota Alpha Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. as the recipient of this year’s Arts and Entertainment Award for her dedication and commitment to building futures and touching lives through her tireless dedication to the arts. She was also a nominee in the Acting and Performing Arts Category for the 2012 Black Celebration Awards -An Awards Ceremony to Award & Honor the Greatness Within the Black Community. With a strong faith in God, Aminah feels that there is nothing she can’t accomplish and is well on her way to making herself and Not Your Average Talents a household name in Entertainment and Media!