BSB Feature: Vanessa Echols – Live and Televised Belle


For many Belles, we may have dreamed of being on TV and in front of the camera, Vanessa Echols is an example of getting it done. She is a Alabama Belle through and through, living out her dreams in Florida as a News Anchor. Through everything, Vanessa remains true to her southern upbringing. Learn more about her and her career path below:

Title: News Anchor

Company/Org: WFTV Channel 9 Orlando, FL

Hometown: Auburn, AL

Alma Mater: The University of Alabama

Sorority: Alpha Kappa Alpha

Favorite thing about being southern: The ability to recognize REAL soul food 🙂 (We definitely agree on this one!)

What is your personal life motto: Opportunities often come disguised as obstacles

What is the most challenging professional obstacle you have had? Getting that first job in television news

Who is your favorite character on “ A Different World”? Kim! Beauty and brains!
If you could do any job, what would that be? Talk show host. I have a lot to say. 🙂

Who do you wish you could meet? My grandma who passed away when my father was a child

What would your best friend say is the best/most annoying quality about yourself? Best: I’m dependable. Annoying: I’m impatient!

What advice would you give your younger college self? Relax girl, it’s all going to be ok

Where can we connect with you? Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Make sure to connect with Vanessa and if you are ever in the Orlando area, check her out on WFTV Channel 9. Breaking into to TV is no easy feat and we are so proud of what Vanessa is doing all while being stylish and Southern!


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Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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