The Ask Dr. Renee Show with Tomiko Fraser Hines
Multi-hyphenate Tomiko Fraser Hines is often approached on the street by people who say, “You look familiar.” Having acted as a spokesperson and face of Maybelline New York for 8 years—an unprecedented achievement for any model and a first for an African-American model—Tomiko has been featured on countless billboards, magazine ads & commercials on behalf of the cosmetics brand.
In addition to Maybelline New York, Tomiko has appeared in print and television campaigns for brands, including: Tommy Hilfiger, Alfani, The Gap, Old Navy, Lee Jeans & Target and she has graced the pages of magazines around the world, including: German Vogue, Glamour, British Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Essence, and Elle.
Tomiko prides herself on living a “self-defined” life—which is why she pursued an acting career with great fervor. After making her feature film debut opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Monica Potter in Head Over Heels, she landed a part in, Monster-In-Law, starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. Tomiko’s television credits include: guest starring roles on Soul Food, CSI and The Game, and a role as a judge on the NuvoTV hit, Model Latina Las Vegas. Tomiko will star in the upcoming film I Really Hate My Ex, directed by Troy Beyers Bailey due out in 2014.
Understanding the power of her role as a model and actor, Tomiko used the platform to passionately champion women’s empowerment through Tomiko Fraser’s Goddess Gathering—a movement aimed at helping women discover, develop & demonstrate their most empowered selves – their inner Goddess. As Tomiko’s focus has shifted to motherhood, The Gathering has since concluded, yet Tomiko offers personal coaching sessions to those interested in personal development.
When faced with infertility issues, Tomiko chose to share her story openly and honestly with the public. As a result, she receives numerous requests to speak and messages from women with similar stories who are inspired by her courage. Her goal is to continue to bring awareness to infertility.
Tomiko wrote the foreword for a book called “Hair Rules!” by A. Dickey, self-published her own book “UNBound”, a photo journal of women who’ve powerfully overcome odds in their lives. Tomiko is currently writing a book about infertility in the African-American community. She will share her journey as well as those of many other black women dealing with infertility. She hopes this book will inspire, educate and eradicate the guilt and shame that so many black women dealing with infertility face.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she currently resides in Los Angeles—where she plays her most passionate role yet—mother to twins Kaden and Bryce and wife to her husband Chris.