Portland resident Whitley Nabintu Marshall has been crowned International Mrs. during New York Fashion Week in Times Square. (Courtesy of Eva Ellis Photography)

Portland resident Whitley Nabintu Marshall returned to Manhattan to represent New England and compete for the title of International Ms. during New York Fashion Week in Times Square. Whitley competed previously last year, coming home as 1st Runner-Up to the International Mrs. USA title as well as a special award for Leadership. This year she returned home winning the crown, once again being recognized with the director’s Leadership Award.

Whitley Nabintu Marshall is an award-winning artist, activist, and entrepreneur based in Portland who aspires to bridge communities through the arts and cultural exchange, cultivating a uniquely inclusive culture which drives conversation and inspires compassionate action, making an impact internationally. She was recently recognized as one of the NYC Journal’s Top 30 Women Leaders to Watch in 2022, and has been named one of Model Society Magazine’s Top 22 Models of 2022, and a VIP Model for Supermodels Unlimited Magazine. Whitley has co-founded multiple organizations, including Green Initiatives and World Roots Culture Exchange, spearheading multiple social and environmental initiatives including the Compassionate Leadership Project. She is the Owner and Editor of Artlovelifestyle Magazine, a Certified Personal Trainer at Anytime Fitness, the Co-director of the Barefoot Truth Dance Company, and a performing member of Ikirenga cy’Intore Rwandan Cultural Troupe.

Through her endeavors, Whitley aims to expand beauty standards, hosting message-based “True Beauty” photoshoots and cover contests for Artlovelifestyle Magazine focused on the markers of true beauty: compassion, strength, resilience, diversity, authenticity, and is inclusive of all shapes, sizes, shades, genders, ages, and backgrounds. This fall she will host the first annual True Beauty Awards for Artlovelifestyle Magazine’s 1-year anniversary. (www.artlovelifestyle.com) Together with newly crowned Mrs. Worldwide, Misty Coolidge, they recently hosted their First Annual Flowers that Feed Art and Fashion showcase, where they were able to feed approximately 6600 Mainers, and are expected to more than double their impact next year.

Additionally, Whitley will continue hosting “Compassionate Conversations,” a series of interviews as a part of World Roots Culture Exchange’s Compassionate Leadership Project as well as will debut an 8-week Leadership training, (www.worldrootscultureexchange.org), ebooks, guided journal, and will meet with other International Ms. delegates to highlight their various platforms as she travels to over twenty states and four countries to volunteer and model this coming year. 

“I aspire to cultivate a uniquely inclusive culture which drives conversation and inspires compassionate action, encouraging people to embrace their most beautiful and authentic selves. This intention is at the heart of everything I do,” siad Whitley Nabintu Marshall.

The International Ms. Pageant honors and celebrates women representing empowerment, elegance, and enterprise from all around the globe. The competition consists of seven areas of competition: 

40%- Interview 

10%- Introduction Video 

10%- Runway modeling 

10%- Resort Wear modeling 

10%- Evening Wear modeling 

10%- Social Media 

10%- Photogenic 

During New York Fashion Week, Whitley modeled for Laylah Rose Couture and walked the runway at the VIP Charity Gala held at the Times Square Marriott Marquis, where they were able to raise over $12,000 for the Still She Rose initiative and women’s empowerment grants for the Beauties for a Cause Nonprofit organization.

Here is a complete list of award recipients:

International Ms – Romania > $2,500 grant 

1st Runner Up – Jamaica > $150 grant 

2nd Runner Up – United Kingdom > $150 grant

3rd Runner Up – North America > $150 grant

4th Runner Up – Missouri > $150 grant

5th Runner Up – Tennessee > $150 grant

6th Runner Up (Peoples Choice) – Philippines > $250 grant 

Ms USA – DC Metro > $1,000 grant 

1st Runner Up – New York > $150 grant

2nd Runner Up – Illinois > $150 grant 

Mrs USA – New England > $1,000 grant 

1st Runner Up – Oregon > $150 grant

2nd Runner Up – Puerto Rico > $150 grant

Top Scores 

Resortwear – Jamaica > Tori Belle Spokesmodel

Photo – Missouri

Video – New York

Social Media – United Kingdom 

Runway – Romania

Formalwear – DC Metro

Interview – Alabama

Special Awards

Community Award – Colorado > $150 grant from Carroll Crown Coaching

Still She Rose – Australia > $500 grant from B4ACUSA 501c3

Shaun Strong Determination – North Carolina

Congeniality – United Kingdom 

Director’s Leadership – New England 

Legacy Veteran – Mid Atlantic 

Whitley’s Intro Video can be found here: