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Empowerment through Etiquette



Actor, Model, and Founder

Maryam Basir, who was born and raised in the Midwest, is an accomplished actor and model who has travelled around the world learning many difference cultural customs, social structures and appropriate social behaviors.  As a young woman, Maryam followed her dreams and started her career by moving to New York where she was discovered immediately.  


Since then Maryam’s work has taken her around the world.  She has travelled to Japan, Paris, the South of France, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Indonesia, Germany, Lagos, Abuja, Brazil, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Hawaii and throughout the United States.    


Ms. Basir has appeared in films and on television, and in music videos, as well as national and international commercials for major companies.  Maryam has also appeared in print with national and international magazines, and in national newspapers and she has been featured on several book covers.  


Maryam has appeared on television shows such as Empire, Chicago PD, Detroiters and 30 Rock, and in films with superstars Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes, while taking direction from famous directors and producers like Ridley Scott, Antoine Fuqua and Oscar winning screen writer of Precious, Geoffrey C. Fletcher.  


She has excelled in many areas while perusing her passion for modeling and film acting.  She has even performed a dance for the Princess of Afghanistan.  She has a natural talent for modeling and an intense passion for acting which she believes is her calling.  She continues to be open to delving into new and exciting projects and is dedicated to constantly polishing her craft.  


Maryam Basir has accomplished a great deal in her field and here are some of her credits in the following areas:​


  • Television shows: Empire, Chicago PD, Detroiters, The View, 30 Rock, Are We There Yet, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, and Sex and the City, NBC’s $9.99, The Bedford Diaries, Dave Chappelle’s Show, Hip Hop Poker, City Drive Live, Eye On It


  • Movies & Films: Mooz-lum, Blood of a Champion, Blood Night, American Gangster, Hard Rock, Outlaws, The Fright Club, American Dream, Yes We Can: Family, Outlaws, Glimpse, Spiderman III, The Boy Who Cried Vamp, Where My Ladies At, Winkie’s Spot, 13 Going on 30, Single Hills, Love’s Sweet Thing, Poser 


  • Television commercials: Ford Motor Company, DKNY, Crest, Pure Michigan, Hershey’s, Nike, Dr. Miracles, Red Lobster


  • Agency commercials: JCPR, CopeTV


  • National Print Ads: Walmart, GAP, AOL, Hilton, L'Oreal, Aquafina, Lancôme, DSW, Target, Skoal, CVS, Rocawear, Baby Phat, XOXO, Apple Bottoms, Motor City Casino, MGM Grand Casino, Greektown Casino Detroit, Macy's, Sensationnel, Creme of Nature, I.N.C., Carol's Daughter, Verizon, Maggie Sotero, Parisa, Cymbeline Paris, Budweiser, BET, VH1 Awards, Renaissance, D Las Vegas, Beauty Essence, AXE Body Spray, Kiss Cosmetics, Lusters Pink Smooth Touch, PACO Jeans, South Pole Jeans, Sensual, Harlem 125, Vanessa Wigs, RomaLee, Topac, BeBe, Nokia, Newport, Badoo, Palmers


  • Magazines: Essence, In Style, Marie Claire, Glamour, Elle, Cosmo, Braids and Beauty, Hype Hair Today's Black Woman, Men’s Fitness, Vibe, Black Enterprise, Floss, NB, Unsigned Talent, Strive, Source, Swimsuit Extra, Black Men


  • Newspapers: Newsday (cover), The New York Times, The New York Times website, The Observer, CNN, CNN Belief (online), Kyodo News (Japan)


  • Theater: Rabbit Hole, Single Hills, The Wa Wa Wilkie show, W Train to Jamaica Center


  • Book covers: Sleeping with Strangers (Eric Jerome Dickey), Fever (), Man Eater (Mary B. Morrison), The Choir Director II (Carl Weber)


  • Runway : Macy’s, Mercedes Fashion Week, MTV Teens in Fashion, Harlem Week, Rip the Runway, Enyce, Pela, Bathouse Swimwear, Jewel Shannon, Isolife, SuperModel Gear

  • Music Videos: Jay-Z, Beyonce, John Legend, Raheem Devaughn, Jamie Foxx,  Fantasia, Musiq, Andre 3000, Nelly, Nas, Ludacris, DMX, Mos Def, Jennifer Lopez, Fabolous, Fat Joe and more


Maryam Basir is now the founder of NOiR Empowerment through Etiquette, a 501c3 nonprofit tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to helping build strong, confident youth who grow into strong, confident and successful adults. NOiR began in 2015 from the desire to provide constituents with the social skills necessary to face everyday challenging situations with total confidence. 

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