Whitley Gilbert

Whitley Gilbert

    A Different World

Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew up… in Richmond, Virginia as an only child. Her family lives in an extravagant estate. Whitley constantly competes for her mother’s attention who could care more for the family dog. Coming from a long list of Hillman graduates, Whitley hopes to honor her family’s standing at the prestigious black university. 

Profession... student at Hillman. Whitley sees her education a means to an end. Her main goal, however, is to be booed up with the wealthy bachelor of the week. 

Interests... yoga. Her mantra is “Relax, relate, release.” When Whitley is not doing yoga, she’s socializing. 

Relationship Status… single and ready to mingle! When it comes to Whitley’s type, only one thing comes to mind: DOLLAR SIGNS. Do not even bother talking to Whitley if you don’t have a trust fund. 

Challenge... finding who she is. Whitley has been so preoccupied in being the “perfect daughter” that she barely has a grasp of who she is.  At Hillman, Whitley not only has a lot to learn about the world, but also herself. 

Personality... determined, social, and self-involved. Whitley is used to getting what she wants when she wants. She never backs down from a challenge, and she is willing to fight dirty for it. She may present a tough exterior, but the walls she builds around her heart are what keep people from seeing it.


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