Naima Mora

by ethnic on July 24, 2008

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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bablah September 25, 2017 at 11:42 am


Her parents were John H. Cattlet and Mary Carson.

His parents were David Catlett and Louisa Jamison

One of these might be her grandfather:

bablah September 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm

James was John’s brother. John died before Elizabeth was born in 1914.

Eduardo McGhaney March 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm

She’s a White Hispanic.

jenny May 30, 2011 at 6:24 am

Stereotypes, stereotypes….stereotypes…she’s beautiful PERIOD. Many Mexicans look so different than the ones you are used to see in USA. There are Caucasians in all Spanish speaking countries. There is not such a thing as “pure breed” that make you see with your eyes if the person is from a Spanish speaking country, unless they belong to a native indigenous group. So stop saying that “she doesn’t look Mexican” because you need to google some Mexican celebs. you’ll be surprised!

daylaborer89 April 6, 2011 at 12:12 am

the average admixture for afro mexicans is 40percent african 30percent european 30percent native american

Jarocho November 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

how do you know if they have never done genetic testing on afro-mexicans from mexico?

ProudFilipina March 27, 2011 at 2:48 am

she said this herself in ANTM, “My Mother is black and mexican,and my Father is black and irish.”

stutterin x September 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm

i knew she was part african :)

moi September 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm

wow she was my fave in antm cycle 4

but i dont know she was part black

siddee April 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm

her hair says it all haha but shes beautiful

priscilla April 8, 2010 at 7:03 am


ethnic December 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

She is gorgeous. Very hard to identify her ethnic background just by looking at her.


Fuzzybear March 27, 2011 at 3:27 am

To Ethnic

Which is why alot of them were able to pass as white in the past as well as now

VeRoni December 26, 2009 at 10:33 am

Naima is so beautiful she looks so mixed she doesn’t just look black or white & not quite Mexican either

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