Zoya is a Jamaican Writer, Consultant, and Model, hailing from the country side of Mocho Clarendon. She came to America at the age of five, to be with her mother. Zoya grew up in Silver Spring Maryland where she fell in love with the sport of gymnastics. She became a nationally ranked competitor under the tutelage of Kelli Hill and earned a full ride to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
There she would become one of the top ten all time in the programs history on Uneven bars and Vault, earning two individual and team conference titles along the way. At the end of her career she planned to join Cirque Du Soleil as an acrobat. That dream was crushed when she learned she had suffered short term memory damage from several concussions over the course of her career. Because they were causing residual effects she decided to heed her doctors warning and figure out who Zoya was, outside of gymnastics.
As a child she passed on many opportunities to act and model because gymnastics was her priority. Zoya decided to take this time to explore all her talents that had been put on hold to pursue her Olympics dreams as a child and took every opportunity as it came. She began assistant coaching for UNCs gymnastics team, working in the university's athletic communications department as the writer of the “My Carolina” series, a member of the Rammy’s board, and as a model and gymnastics coach at a local club.
Since that time Zoya has only continued to thrive in the industry, moving past fitness into lifestyle, onto the runway and even the screen. Her biggest passion in life has always been to be a light of empowerment. She hopes that by sharing her triumphs in life those who see their light in her can also see their triumphs in her success and use that light as a guide to their own.
She was inspired to create the original logo for Prescription for Life when her college best friend informed her of her mothers third battle with Cancer. Seeing the family chose to fight that battle together inspire Zoya to create something she could give others that would help them choose their highest selves as they had for one anther. Her sisters have since become a metaphor for Zoya’s “Why.” A reason beyond herself to keep going and to choose her highest self and a consistent motive to rise.
Though the journey to that highest self is never ending, Zoya hopes that her book and works from Prescription for Life will help inspire a generation that understands what it means to choose their highest selves for something greater than themselves. People who understand they most become the love they needed in order to be the love the world needs. Prescription for Life is the how to of empowerment and a guide to move past a life of survival in order to THRIVE!
"Legacy is something too many of us take for granted in this day and age. It is something I have found myself becoming increasingly aware that I am working towards. I've overcome many obstacles in this life, the biggest being any doubt that I wasn't meant for something great. Once I decided on my purpose, my greatest priority has been to live as the highest version of the woman who could fulfill it.”
I See You,