Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey can say she prevented a suicide, but not through any intervention hotline. It was through YouTube.
Since gaining fame on the ‘Tube, the 30-year-old has been featured on television shows such as “Dr. Oz,” “The Doctors,” “Good Morning America,” “The Jeff Probst Show” and “Extra!” She also has been the face of Jamaican Mango and Lime hair products and featured in magazines such as Ebony (2013’s “17 Natural Hair Bloggers You Should Know”), Essence (2012’s “Top 100 Naturalistas on Instagram”) and People (2012’s “How They Lost 100 Pounds”). The Huffington Post also recognized her as one of YouTube’s top five natural hair care vloggers in 2011.
To her, helping stop someone from committing suicide was “deep.”
“It’s a really scary thing,” said Ellis-Hervey who is better known as BeautifulBrwnBabyDol to her 191,756 YouTube subscribers. “That’s how you know you’re really making a difference. Someone can really relate to you and they feel like they can open up to you.”
Her blogging endeavors moved her from the TV box to the soapbox, attracting invitations to give motivational speeches in front of thousands. Now, she’s taking her most-used speech theme and putting it into her 100-page book “S.U.P.E.R.N.A.T.U.R.A.L,” which is projected for a late 2014 or early 2015 release.
“It represents holistic health,” she said. “Mental, physical and spiritual health, all those coming together to make the ultimate supernatural person. I’m going to give my very own story to help people propel their journeys.”
Since stepping on the scene in 2009, Nina has solidified her status as a fitness and natural hair maven, often being sought out for guidance on hair and skin care, life coaching and healthy living.
Ellis-Hervey currently makes a living talking to people, whether it be in her videos or as an assistant professor teaching school psychology classes at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, but it wasn’t always that way. At one point Nina didn’t talk at all. “At first I didn’t think she could talk,” said her mother, Vermer. “Then after 15 months she just took off and has never closed her mouth since.”
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