Up Close: The Clock and Flow of Cairo Williams, Model and Entrepreneur
DT: Cairo, thank you taking time during this Coronaviris (COVID-19) crisis around the world to chat with our readers at Soulivity.
I met you in NYC over 20 years ago for photo shoots. And, I still have most of those prints and editorials in my archives. It’s been a pleasure to reconnect with you and discuss your new business, CLOCK AND FLOW. How long have you been in your chosen profession? What was the turning point for you to call it a career?
CW: I’ve been a model for over 15 years. I felt a turning pointing in my career when I developed Clock and Flow. I wasn’t content when I left jobs. I wanted to offer (and, mentor) women and leave a stronger legacy than just modeling.
As my business started to expand, I saw shifts in my students and even their parents started to see a profound change.
DT: Let me know about your mentoring program?
CW: One program, we offer at Clock and Flow is a four-week program for girls; young women; Trans female to male and broader LGBTQ community; as well as, working with a trauma coach.
My husband, Paul Christino also is a certified, Trauma Coach.
DT: How important is your personal style or fashion trends for you?
CW: My own fashion expression is EVERYTHING, it gives me ownership of my own personal style. It expresses who I am; and, I don’t apologize for my sense of style. Fully embracing and loving myself.
DT: As Spring 2020 approaches (also, the beginning of a new decade), what intentions have you set forth this season/decade?
CW: My intentions are to keep a strong marriage, keeping my mind, body, and spirit aligned; expanding Clock and Flow with more for-profit businesses; and, to continue modeling.
DT: What great lesson would you share with younger people?
CW: I would tell them to forget the “programming” they have learned their insecurities from their environments; and, get to know who they truly are and what [they] want. This can be done through self-exploration and/or therapy.
DT: What is your purpose?
CW: My purpose is to figure out who I am; to forget the programming (as well); help others; and, pay it forward.
DT: Finish this sentence, “the shift I would like to see in the world is…”
CW: “…being more humane”.
Name: Cairo Williams
Job Title: Model/Program Director of Clock and Flow
D’angelo Thompson is a three-time Daytime Emmy Nominated Hair and Makeup Artist, “Guest Hair” Daytime Emmy Award winner for the Wendy Williams Show, an accomplished Author, and Podcast Host.
His most recent credits include Law & Order SVU, Season 21, MTV/VH-1/LOGO (Viacom), Amy Trask (CBS Sports), Food Network, Joy Mangano, Amber Stevens West/Andrea DeBordeaux for Run The World (Starz), and Author, James Patterson. His expertise extends to bridal, editorial, commercial, film, and television. Additionally, for over 20 years, D’angelo has been a consultant and educator in partnerships with Il Makiage, Glamour Dolls Makeup, Chic Studios, Makeup For Ever, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, LORAC, and others.
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He is also the host of “Gratitude Is A Journey” available on Anchor.fm/dangelo- thompson and “Beauty & Gratitude” a series on Soulivity Magazine’s ‘SoulivityTV’, available on Youtube.
D’angelo was educated at Pratt Institute for two years in Fashion Merchandising and Fine Art and through mentorships with Alfred Fornay, Byron Barnes, and Sherry Lee. He further attended The Makeup Institute of California, MAC Pro, Makeup Forever Pro/Academy Workshops, Lash Extension Certification through NYIB, and Basic FX lessons from Daytime Emmy Award-Winning artist, Ingrid Okola. He also holds practitioner licenses and accreditations in Emotional Intelligence, Reiki, Crystal Healing, and Hypnotherapy. Currently attending National University, studying Psychology.
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