Naima Mora

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 1, 1984

Ethnicity: Mexican, African-American, Native American, Irish

Naima Mora is an American model. She won Cycle 4 of America’s Next Top Model.

She is the daughter of Theresa Mora, a jazz vocalist and entrepreneur, and Francisco Mora Catlett, a jazz percussionist.

Naima’s paternal grandfather was Francisco Mora Perez. Franciso was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and was a weaver, musician, and painter.

Naima’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Catlett (Elizabeth A. Catlett, the daughter of John H. Cattlet and Mary Carson). Elizabeth was a sculptor, painter, and printmaker. Elizabeth was African-American; she made a black marble bust entitled Naima in 2001, based on her granddaughter. John was the son of David Catlett and Louisa/Louise Jamison/Junerson.

Sources: Naima’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth A. Catlett, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Naima’s maternal great-great-grandparents, David Catlett and Louisa/Louise Jamison/Junerson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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14 Responses

  1. bablah says:


    Her parents were John H. Cattlet and Mary Carson.

    His parents were David Catlett and Louisa Jamison

    One of these might be her grandfather:

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