Around the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University she may be known as Dr.Nina Ellis-Hervey, of St. Louis, Missouri, but across the nation this psychology professor is known as YouTube sensation, “BeautifulBrwnBabyDol.”
Ellis-Hervey created her YouTube channel with an initial focus on her weight-loss journey but, as time progressed, her channel seemed to take on a life of its own, “I think it just so happened to become a montage because so many people had so many questions about everything.” She explained that her channel had spun from a place of restoration and wanting to encourage anyone to do whatever that wanted to do.
“I had done a lot at such a young age so it was easy to minister to other people in that way. As long as I have breath in my body I think of it as my calling and my duty.”
Ellis-Hervey showcases a plethora of topics on her channel from relationships and natural hair to education but, she is vastly known for her weight-loss journey. She has been featured in various magazines and is currently working on releasing a workout tape to help others with their weight loss journeys. She also concentrates greatly on natural hair. Natural hair is currently a nation-wide trend and Ellis-Hervey gives a brief explanation of what natural hair is.
“Natural hair is your hair that grows out of your scalp, non-chemically processed and nothing on the hair to alter the texture of the hair,” Ellis-Hervey said, “That’s it – it is what it is.”
Ellis-Hervey had also developed a hair care line, www.BeautifulBrwnBabyDol.com devoted to those with natural hair. She had been making her own hair care products and oil mixtures in her home for some time and while she embarked on her natural hair journey, she thought it would be encouraging to have other people try her products. She keeps her products affordable and is currently revamping her line adding t-shirts, jewelry and other paraphernalia.
“It was never about making the product to make money,” Ellis-Hervey said, “I believed in it and it was simple. It worked for me and I wanted other people to be able to try it.”
Ellis-Hervey jokes about seeing students around campus who may recognize that she is YouTube personality BeautifulBrwnBabyDol, “It’s very funny because some students see me around but they won’t say anything they just whisper to each other ‘that’s BeautifulBrwnBabyDol’ so that is kind of funny.” She also takes note of the professors around campus who have come to know her by her YouTube persona. She admits that many students seem to be afraid to talk to her though they should not be.
When asked to give three words to describe her, Ellis-Hervey hastily says, “Tenacious, perseverant and enduring.” She protests that she is persevering because no matter what she goes through in her life, she always bounces back quickly, “I work harder on it, I fix it and I master it even if it’s hard and I feel I can’t learn it, I get through it and ultimately master it.”
Ellis-Hervey admits that she is not always the strongest, fastest or the greatest in the bunch but, she will always be the last one standing, thus proving her endurance. Her tenacity comes from her ability to never allow anyone tell her no.
“Somehow I’m gon’ (sick*) get the answer I need,” Hervey said, “It won’t necessarily be yes but, eventually it’s going to work in my favor.”
Above all else, she maintained a spirit of humility.
She finds balance in her life by, “knowing who to ask for help.” Ellis-Hervey works with a PR agent who helps with events and pitching her brand and also an assistant who helps her stay organized. She remains practical and maximizes as much as she can with what she can do which ultimately brings her balance.
Ellis-Hervey offers internships for students to take part in but, she does not plan to resurrect the program until spring 2013 semester. Within the internship program, Hervey allows students to gather real-world experiences through planning functions, working with others to complete objectives and also lending a helping hand with her business. Hervey proclaims that she is open to allowing any students looking to build their resume the opportunity to work with her. You may contact Ellis-Hervey via e-mail email@example.com, via web at www.beautifulbrwnbabydol.com, YouTube or students may also visit her office in the Human Services building room 232.