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My name is Nerissa Reaves. I was born in New Haven, Connecticut. I am a January baby (Capricorn)  so I love the snow and I don't mind the cold at all. 

I spent my teenage years at prep school in the USA and studying and living abroad. I actually studied Japanese at a Buddhist temple in Ostu, Japan by Lake Biwa. This was an intense experience that taught me the value of silence and humility. 

When I graduated from Prep School, I moved to Atlanta to study at Spelman College. I majored in East Asian studies and the Japanese language. 

Upon graduation, I took a job for the Japanese Consulate for the JET Program. I moved to Saitama, Japan and worked as an English teacher for a couple of years. Once I finished my job assignment, I moved back to the United States to continue my education on the graduate level. I obtained a graduate level degree from the University of New Haven, in West Haven Connecticut.

I taught primary and middle school for several years in Connecticut before relocating to New Orleans, LA. I was devastated by what happened to New Orleans in Hurricane Katrina and I was determined to help. I took a job at Langston Hughes Academy (which was the first school rebuilt after the storm). 

New Orleans was a scary place at that time. I didn't know anyone there but I was dedicated to the cause. Nearly, ten years later I have made New Orleans my home. After spending some years as a school teacher, I shifted fields completely. I became an entrepreneur and started my own restaurant, called Honey Loaf. Honey Loaf was a popular lunch time spot located on Canal Street in New Orleans.

After 3 years, I closed Honey Loaf to pursue other professional ventures. I am a published model in Smooth and Show magazines. I have also been featured in several music videos such as Donell Jones' "Never Let Her Go" and Migos, "Look at my Dab.' I am also in the process of completing construction on a new age wellness center in New Orleans,LA. 

I am developing a product line called AU. All AU products are unisex and contain real 24k gold. The first product to launch in October of 2016 will be an everyday use body oil. Please feel free to tour the website and contact me at [email protected] for booking information.