It may sound like a paradox, but she has shown that it is real and achievable. Stepping into the sky while keeping your feet on the ground is one of the keys to the success of Nia Correia, the versatile artist from the Canary Islands who rose to fame by winning the last edition of A triumphant operation. “Stepping into the sky is compared to trying to achieve your dreams. I go up to them, but with my feet on the ground, because I know what it is”, he admits to S Fashion a few minutes before the performance in a privileged place at the Gran Vía in Madrid. She decided to take the sky by storm, combining her pop career with a prolific TV side or her recent acting debut in the Netflix series Once upon a time… but not anymore. Her latest milestone is becoming the first national ambassador for shoe brand Deichmann, putting an image and music – catchy – in the campaign step into the sky with a theme of the same name that is already on all platforms.
We are only a few meters away from the theater where the play takes place Lion Kingwhere you worked before entering WO. What do you feel when you pass by?
A lot of things. I came to Madrid and started working in a more professional way thanks to this musical. I learned discipline, endurance and what I wanted to do and what I didn’t want to do. I miss my colleagues, but I realized that musicals are not what I want in my career.
You also debuted as an actress this year. Do you want to repeat? Do you go to castings or are you still training?
I am crazy about acting and loved doing serials but I have not stopped working. If someone looks at my profile and an audition comes up, yes I do, I’d like to do it again. But it was more due to lack of time.
For decades, black women have condemned the stigma of Afro hair, facing racist comments about it or inappropriate touching. What does wearing your afro mean to you?
The main thing for me is that if there’s a girl in your house who feels inferior or who feels like she needs to straighten her hair for whatever reason, she might see someone on TV with the same hair and roots. That girl saying, “I want to be like her” means more to me than anything else.
Have you experienced this stigma firsthand?
you know what’s up I’ve always done whatever I wanted with my hair, it’s never been a problem, nor have I suffered for it. I straighten it, curl it, wear extensions, wigs… Yes, it’s true that sometimes I don’t wear my hair natural because it involves a lot of time and work, I don’t have a lot of skills.
You mentioned how important it is for girls to have role models in the media. Did you have them in your childhood?
No, because there were no black women on TV. Other than Whitney Houston, who scared the crap out of me but got me older, that hasn’t happened to me. I don’t want to be a reference for anything and I feel a lot of pressure to be, but I help girls know that there are other girls like them who are doing it all, move on. It’s like what happened now with Little Mermaid…
What do you say to those who think a black actress can’t play the character in the Disney movie?
It’s bullshit, but I’ve been through it too I know your face. When I was doing black artists, they told me I was out of my comfort zone, like all black people are the same or sing the same. I don’t know, it doesn’t cross my mind… I feel like it’s ignorant that people should travel and see the world. It is a matter of education and culture that is missing here in Spain, it is missing.
We are not used to seeing black singers or presenters on television.
Not in Spain. I remember Lucrezia, who was with The moons. And then Buika sings… There are many black female singers, but I don’t know why they don’t appear on TV.
Did these comments affect you while you were I know your face?
Yes, ultimately yes. Look, I don’t care about everything because I do what I want and how I want, but there comes a point where you say, how do I make people understand that what they are saying is not right? They didn’t protest because my classmates were singing white songs, but because I made black artists as if we were all singing the same thing. It didn’t affect my mood, but it disappointed me. What can I do to let people know I’m out of my comfort zone? It’s not my role, but at the end of the day it’s about following and trying to teach.
You are now participating in the music format amazing duets on TVE together with stars like Ana Belen, Victor Manuel or Antonio Carmona. What did you learn from them?
The program reinforced my feeling that it is very important to be professional, persistent and do things well. I understand that these people have careers for these reasons, so I try to apply that to myself.
What percentage of an artist’s success do you think depends on their image?
Yes, I consider it important. When you have a proposition you want to offer to the public, you have to include the image you want to convey, a whole aesthetic.
How do shoes help you get on stage and what shoes can’t be missing from your wardrobe?
In my daily life, I always make plans, either with boots or t-shirts, which I have a lot of. I also have quite a few heels to wear to my shows. I try to make it a comfortable shoe that I feel secure in because I move around a lot on stage and I need to be able to jump and dance in them.