Christiniafaith McCoy

by Terry Watson | September 13th, 2018
Christiniafaith McCoy (Photos by Apollo Wonex)

Christiniafaith McCoy (Photos by Apollo Wonex)

The multi-talented Christiniafaith McCoy has been performing since the age of ten. She began competing in talent shows all over Spartanburg and Greenville, South Carolina and performed vocal pieces by various musicians including Jennifer Hudsons’ ‘One Night Only’. She has competed in pageants such as the one for Miss South Carolina, and became Miss Greater Carolina Teen in 2011.

As it goes in show business, most talent doesn’t make it to the mainstream until it is discovered. This also happen in the case Christinia when local Greenville producer Randy Edmund saw her perform. Christinia says he liked what he saw and eventually introduced her to the Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theatre and worked under the direction of the late Dwight Woods. Christinia played almost every lead role in each of his productions at the Peace Center. She was Dorothy in “The Wiz” when she was only 12. She played in “Dream Girls” as Diana Ross and the Supremes at the age of 15. Woods molded her into an amazing performer.

Believe it or not, Christinia was a very shy and timid child. Though still humble, she wouldn’t put herself out front for people to notice her and hear her big voice. As she continued her singing career as a young performer, Christinia was introduced to Apollo Wonex, a professional photographer who saw something in her; that something would dramatically enhance her model career.

Christinia became Miss Richland County Teen in 2012. She was chosen to be the leading role in the play called “Speak Easy”. She became “Lula Mae Jones” in the making of the play and it was shown at the Peace Center in Greenville. Once her tenure as Miss Richland County Teen concluded, she took a few years off from competing and pursued her talent show journey while performing for the Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theatre. When she was 18, she graduated and became an alumnus of Phillis Wheatley. This feat allowed her to go back each year and help other young performers.

In 2015, Christinia was crowned as Miss Duncan. She competed for the chance to win Miss South Carolina. Though she didn’t win, that didn’t stop her performing journey but instead made her stronger and more determined to continue her career as a performer. Soon, she decided to leave the pageant world for a while and start her journey to doing something that she had been wanting to do since the age of sixteen years old. She finally started taking footsteps into the life of being a model.

Apollo Wonex became her dedicated photographer and manager and helped her become the woman she is today. Christinia was first published in Level 63 magazine in 2017, and followed that with being featured on the cover of the second issue in the same year. Apollo assisted with getting her the opportunity to perform with ‘The Night Affair Band’ during the Fall For Greenville event. She recently competed in the Miss South Carolina pageant this past June as Miss Powdersville 2018, and she will hold that title until March 2019.

Christina says she always had this mindset of someday being more than just another girl who post selfies of herself on social media. “My life is on a new level and there is no turning back. I am only going further with what I am is passionate about and that is achieving and accomplishing more.

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