Meet Nikita Grayson, Editor-in-Chief of 5Seven Magazine. As you flip through the vibrant leaves of this fresh and fashionable new magazine, you will see the heart and soul of a woman with a purpose reflected on each page.
Having grown up in south New Jersey without many friends and family close to her age, Grayson’s creativity blossomed early, simply as a way of keeping herself entertained. She made up her own songs, wrote stories, and gave entire identities to her dolls. By the eighth grade she had written her own stage play entitled “Little Nikita.”
That creativity rose to a whole new level when at 14 years old Grayson had to come up with believable ways to hide her pregnancy. Her son, Daquan, was born as she entered high school, and after dropping out for a few months and going to summer school for three consecutive years, she was still able to graduate on time.
At the age of 19, Grayson married her high school sweetheart, David, and they now live in Fayetteville, North Carolina with their four sons, Daquan, Cameron, Deion, and David. She is an Army wife and her husband has been deployed multiple times, which frequently leaves her to take care of the children and manage the household all while working full time and taking classes to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University.
With such a dynamic story and creative mind, Grayson knew God had a purpose for her life. She knew her life experience coupled with her creativity was meant to be a something big that would inspire and motivate others by letting them know there is hope. She felt that God was leading her in the direction of creating a magazine that would help empower women through fashion, the arts, and self-discovery. She began to work non-stop to get her magazine off the ground. She booked interviews with writers before and after work and even during her lunch breaks. Soon she had assembled a powerhouse team of contributors for the magazine. Having done some modeling herself and being only 5’7, she knew she wanted to use her publication to create a place for shorter models. Her husband suggested she call it 5Seven and the rest is history.
Written by Courtney Bratcher