“Anybody who knows me knows that I’ve been dressing provocative[ly] my whole life,” Terica Williams explained.
The illustrious alumni of Florida A&M University always do it big, especially when it comes to creative and innovative graduation photos. This time Hollywood Unlocked reports Terica Williams has FAMU trending for her provocative pictures to celebrate earning her Master’s degree in Counselor Education. The new graduate went viral with a booty-bearing photo shoot on the campus of her alma mater with a message about acceptance and respectability politics.
Alexa, play “Cozy!” Whether people are focused on Terica’s banging body or debating decorum and respectability politics, the 24-year-old certainly has everyone talking. She posed in front of a statue of the rattlesnake mascot in nothing but gold red bottom heels and a cap full of flowing snakes. Medusa, eat your heart out!
“There’s a lot of assumptions that have came with me accepting my body. A lot of people questioned my capabilities and intelligence solely based on how I choose to dress. As I’m standing here with my Masters Degree at the tender age of 24, I am the living proof that clothes do not define you. I encouraged every body to embrace their bodies and step outside social norms,” Williams wrote on Instagram.
Three inevitable things in this life
3) someone from FAMU doing the most unhinged graduation photoshoot
— j_shwahh_2 (@j_shwahh_2) July 30, 2022
Regardless of how the internet or fellow Rattlers feel, Terica’s accomplishments shouldn’t be overshadowed by what she wears (or doesn’t). In another set of graduation pics, Terica boasted about her impressive stats. She rocked a FAMU sweatshirt, retro bellbottom jeans, and righteous afro, invoking Angela Davis. In addition to earning “thousands of dollars worth of scholarships” and maintaining a 3.8 GPA, she’s “forever grateful” to be “joining the 2% of black therapists.”
“Striking is a habit, I just had to have it 🐍
Thank you, because of you I:
• Gained thousands of dollars worth of scholarships
• Maintained a 3.8 GPA
• Received a Graduate Assistant
• Awarded a Graduate Fellowship
• Became a Mentor
• Received a little sister from BSLS
• Perfected my ℹ️mage
Now, I am joining the 2% of black therapists. For that, I am forever grateful.
Terica Williams, M.Ed ( Masters in Counselor Education)”
The reactions to Terica’s viral picture are still mixed, but she’s taking it in stride. Some not only dislike the historic campus as the backdrop for a racy picture but even claimed Terica “set us (HBCUs) thousands of steps back.” Is it really that deep?
Twitter eating me up 😭😭😭😊
— IG: TericaStar 👸🏾⭐️ (@TericaStar) July 30, 2022
Little do you know it’s not even about you. What you fail too understand is, you just set us (HBCU’s) thousands of steps back because you wanted your 15 minutes. Now years beyond your departure, this will still affect FAMU in a negative way. That ain’t IT and will never be. 🤡 https://t.co/Fzgne71MM3
— Regynae M.S.W. (@Nae_galore) July 30, 2022
Okay now. This is too much . No one person is setting FAMU thousands of steps back. It’s a photo shoot, by a person/individual. FSU has entire secs workers wearing their nalia while on film and still in school. It drove up admission. Let’s not dtm.
— Sun 🍾 (@champagnecoco) July 30, 2022
I can see where you frustration is coming from. However if it’s one thing I learned at our illustrious university, it is respectability politics is a dog whistle. If people want to feel a way they will. Simple. FAMU did produce that. +a million other people who are not perfect.
— Sun 🍾 (@champagnecoco) July 30, 2022
I seen that pic and just scrolled past it. I didn’t know that was from a famu grad photoshoot 😂 nah like why would she do that
— Mike Lowery (@_fahranheit_) July 30, 2022
why are y’all wishing that double cheeked up famu alum the worst that life has to offer? like saying she not gonna get her degree ain’t crazy? y’all supposed to be on her side😭😭😭
— 𓉐 𓎟 𓋞 nbt pr nby 👑 (@EARTH222TERRA) July 30, 2022
The girl in front of the FAMU snake just got her masters & that’s her grad pic. Now every time a prospective employer looks her up that is what they will find. A photoshoot is one thing but as a grad pic in front of the school 🤦🏽♀️
— Lex (@lovedlanae) July 30, 2022
one thing about famu we gon show our ass
— mari 🧚🏾 (@marichristineee) July 30, 2022
— honorary beifong (@SAYwhatQ_) July 30, 2022
Williams is one of many Black women challenging respectability politics in the public eye. Lizzo is notorious for embracing her body with revealing outfits and nude body positivity photoshoots. Megan Thee Stallion broke down the barriers between being a hot girl and a college girl. She twerked her way to a Bachelor’s degree in health administration from Texas Southern University. Most recently, Rhode Island state senator Tiara Mack made headlines for twerking in a bikini in a viral TikTok. Despite racist comments and backlash about decorum, the unapologetic senator refused to apologize for being herself.
What do you think about Terica bearing it all to prove a point? Is the internet wrong for judging a book by its cover?