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Ashten Barnes bi-racial and multi-talented.

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Can you tell us something about yourself?

My name is Ashten Barnes and I am 19 years old and biracial with African and European descent. I grew up in Columbia City/Fort Wayne IN in a middle class family. I grew up with my two younger sisters Sadie and Samantha Zumbrun along with my mom Robin Zumbrun and my step dad Zack Zumbrun.

Also did I use to visit my dad Rodney Barnes throughout the weekends and split holidays between my families. My family has always supported me in whatever I choose to do with my life. I know that they will always have my back no matter what.

Middle school and high school was the time I played football as a Wide Receiver. After that I went to college to play for Marian University in Indianapolis. I was studying sports performance to later possibly become a personal trainer. After my first year I realized that college football just wasn’t for me. I started to become more and more interested in modeling and the fashion industry.

So, after a year of playing football with the Marian Knights I decided to quit the team.. I decided to pursue modeling 100% while working on the side with an international travel company called Wotabu earning a residual income. I was also helping improve people’s lives through the commodity of travel.

What are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about helping to spread motivation to others that are less fortunate than myself because I know what it feels like to have hit rock bottom and I want to help people become the best that they can be.

That is the primary reason I wanted to go to school for personal training and later joined Wotabu because I felt an urge to help people better themselves and improve their lives all together.

What is your profession?

I currently work as a server at PF Changs in downtown Indianapolis, while also modeling and working for an international travel company called Wotabu.

Ashten Barnes Godi Wear

Ashten Barnes Godi Wear

How long have you been modeling?

I was modeling just for fun with a couple of friends back in my hometown for roughly a year or so. After graduating high school in ’16, and moving to Indianapolis for college and football I started to become more and more serious about becoming a professional model.

When I realized that what I really wanted to do was travel and become a professional model I quit football. So far, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of different photographers and clothing brands to build my portfolio. I now have aspirations to move to LA or New York to continue my modeling career after college.

Who is your favorite model at the moment and why?

My favorite model at the time is Brian Whittaker because he kind of reminds me of myself as another mixed model and having the same style of clothing as I do.

When I am on Instagram i will always look at the photos that he posts and I usually base what I post on what he is doing or posting. It is somewhat funny that I look at him for motivation because he is a younger model than myself.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years I see myself out in LA becoming an iconic model, and traveling the world while also creating new connections with people and helping others become more successful with their own lives and endeavors.

Do you have other hobbies or crazy habits?

A few of my hobbies include weight training, and snowboarding.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Nykee Heaton or Nicki Minaj.

What does melanin mean to you?

The technical term is just skin pigment, but to me it means diversity, being different, strong, confident, beautiful and, amazing. As a melanin person, I feel as if I am my own person and I am confident and happy with being different. All in all I feel that melanin represents strength and power. Being a melanin person makes me feel proud of my ancestor’s strength and adversity towards injustice. It motivates me to do the same and motivate and lead others into positivity.

What tips do you have for models that are just starting out?

Don’t take no for an answer and have thick skin to those that do tell you no. Work on your image, connect with people that will benefit you and always give back in some form of your success. Also make smart moves because this is a business, but it is all about looks so be very careful of some people’s wrong doings and their intentions. From a personal experience I can tell you don’t let your ego get the best of you. Do not forget about the people that are closest to you if you do become popular or famous. Do not let social media outlets for modeling control your life. Even me being a 5’11 model push past the standards and expectations and create a strong, positive brand for yourself.

Do you think a melanin wonder platform is necessary?

I believe it is a very needed platform because even me, having a light skin complexion I was made fun of a lot. I think by having this platform it will strengthen youth to having more confidence and take on bullies’ comments as motivation to become a better person as I have done myself.

What would be your one super power?

Teleport or travel through time.

 

What would be a good theme song for your life?

Lonely by speaker knockers.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Not necessarily love but definitely affection.

Do you think there is enough diversity in the fashion world?

Not at all, I feel like the fashion industry is very whitewashed and the melanin population is very underrepresented. The people of color have different beautiful looks that we all can bring to the table.

What melanin wonder do you look up to in the modeling world?

It would have to be Brian Whitaker again or Kanye West (I guess you could consider him a model or public figure as well). I also look up to Jeremy Meeks as he came from a negative background and has continued to stay positive. He really reconstruct his life to better himself.

 

“I am a very hard working and dedicated individual that perseveres through hardships. I feel that it is important to test new things to find new abilities about myself.”

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New collection of Daily Paper is dedicated to Mauritius’ ecosystem

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Daily Paper is committed to Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean, with a new collection. Their ecosystem is under a lot of pressure due to the climate crisis, according to the brand, which is why they want to stand up for the preservation of their nature.


Protect Paradise

Mauritius is known for its turquoise lagoons, volcanoes and subtropical rain forests: the island is home to countless birds, monkeys and reptiles. Yet it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep nature intact – it is precisely in places like this that climate change is very noticeable, writes Daily Paper in a press release. That’s why their new collection Protect Paradise revolves entirely around the conservation of Mauritius, and why the brand is donating part of the proceeds to the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.


Protect Paradise

New Daily Paper collection

Daily Paper was inspired by the ‘lush nature’ of the island, and the endless drive of its inhabitants to keep their homes intact. The collection consists of several summer items, from bucket hats to matching sets with rainforest prints. There are also sweaters and bags in the warm, earthy tones of the island’s volcanoes.

Sustainability

The collection is produced with eco-materials, and manufactured through sustainable production methods. All jerseys consist of 100% organic cotton, and are printed with natural dyes. The labels are also sustainable and biodegradable. You can view the entire collection here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Headwraps by AfricanFabs is the game-changer for Natural Hair

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After almost 20 months of working from home and cocooning, we now have the possibility to show our faces more on the job, in office or in class. This means, waking up at 06:30, getting dressed and ready for the day. This also means, doing our hair!

You might have done your braids, wigs or other protective hairstyles on a daily. But what if you don’t have time to do your hair? Or what if you finally wanted to focus on your hair growth journey in peace ( ZOOM camera off – new hairstyle loading..). Or maybe you just want to look fresh on your first day back in the office, matching your new head-wrap, with your cute blazer and customised key-cord.

Say no more, we got you!

 
 
 
 
 
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African Headwraps by AfricanFabs is the game changer for you

Headwraps are not just a fashion statement, it also supports your hair journey. What we love about AfricanFabs headwraps is that it is satin lined. This protects your hair and facilitates the effectiveness of hair oils, creams and minerals.

 
 
 
 
 
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Not just for daytime but also for nighttime

We know it, you have had dozens of scenarios waking up to find your hairnet or headscarf on the floor the next morning. Fear not, because these satin lined bonnets will secure your locks! You can go for the classic black bonnet but also choose to color match your bonnet with your nightwear, from colorful Kente print to monotone red, blue and more..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t tie a headwrap? This Quick & Easy satin lined headwrap tutorial will change your life! Look stylish and elegant with only a few easy steps to tie this headwrap.

 

 

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Valentine Rontez shares knowledge

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Who is Valentine Rontez?


My full name is Valentine Rontez. I identified myself as African-America for most of my life, until I did some soul searching. My Ancestors are from Benin-Togo Africa. I was born and raised in Queens, New York, United States.

How did you become a model?

After getting fired from my Doorman job at the Gucci Store on 5th avenue New York I went through a depression and felt lost. My sister took some of my Facebook photos and posted them on Modelmayhem.com,

I then received a message from Jahn Hall (photographer) who was interested in shooting me. We took “Beauty shots” in his stairwell & his warehouse studio. After working with Jahn I rushed to New Jersey to shoot with my good friend Christopher Horne.

While there Jahn contacted me and told me Sean Bennett from Specimen Model Management wanted to represent me. I sent Sean my polaroids and from there he scheduled meetings all around NYC to meet with different agencies. I was declined, but Sean had saved the best for last.

“Firstly, I found God & built my faith & courage with his promises as my meditation.”

I met the casting director Michelle Lee who was casting for Calvin Klein, there she trained me and taught me how to walk the runway. I found a side gig doing catering incase the door for modeling did not open. Later that day at work, Sean called me with surprising news that I was confirmed for a Calvin Klein exclusive contract in Milan Italy for fashion week. IMG was then interested in signing me.

If you had to describe your road to success in 5 steps, which 5 steps would that be?

Firstly, I found God & built my faith & courage with his promises as my meditation.

I needed to love & accept myself, to embrace the fact that I am a perfect imperfection.

Develop perseverance & a hard work ethic.

Practicing good sleep and eating healthy was a major culprit for my mindfulness.

Remain humble in balance with knowing your self worth.

How did you get the idea to make a video about showing people how to model?

I get countless of direct messages from people all over the world young boys & girls 15 – 40 asking for advice. Most have the dream but do not know where to get started. I replied to as many as I could on a daily. Then I decided to make a video because visuals work better then words.

How is life living as a model?

Modeling allowed me to focus on what my soul desires and visit places in the world I would have never imagined I would be. I have had the opportunity to meet so many inspirations that expand my mind to new dimensions. Although I am not much of a night life person parties overseas are extremely fun.

What are some of the downsides of being a model that people never talk about?

The uncertainty of anything. Anything could happen and if your looks a re not desired in the business that means business stops for you as well.

The basics of becoming a model
The basics of becoming a model PART 2.0

Would you ever design your own clothes?

 Yes! I am currently manifesting that. It would be great to have an own fashion collection.

We are obsessed with YOU-TUBE what are some of your favorite You-tubers to watch?

Haha I LOVE youtube after midnight. I watch comedy to inspirational videos. All-def-digital’s dad jokes are dry but hilarious to me. Jimmy Kimmel, Infinite waters (mindfulness), I listen to Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Gary V, & The Art of improvement for motivation. I am obsessed with lions and kitty cats weirdly so sometimes I wander there and get lost.

What are some of your favorite artists and songs u listen to?

I love any and all classical music. My favorite artist right now are Jay-Z, Peter Collins, A-Boogie, Kodak Black, J cole, Alicia Keys & Amine.

My favorite Song of Peter Collins

Where can we find you?

I can be found & reached on IG @x.valentine & Facebook “Valentine Rontez

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NEW MISS SUPRANATIONAL NETHERLANDS 2020 CROWNED

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Swelia Da Silva Antonio has been crowned Miss Supranational Netherlands 2020 by a Professional jury led by the 12 Months of Beauty organization. The lucky winner was chosen on November 8th in Amsterdam.

As titleholder Swelia represents the Netherlands at the international final of Miss Supranational 2020/2021 in Poland, one of the top 5 largest international beauty pageants in the world.

The brand new Miss Supranational Netherlands is euphoric about her win..

“I love standing here and wearing the crown. It really is an honor to represent the Netherlands later on, and to be able to compete and promote our values. Before this time comes, I would like to dedicate myself to stake the culture of tolerance to flow down to the capillaries of society.” – Swelia

Photo: Johnny ten Have, Crown: BaroQco, Makeup: Seductive Glamor, Hair: Addict Haarlem

Also the CEO’s of the 12 Months of Beauty organization and licensees of various miss- and mister pageants, Robin and Stefan Hoven Lieuw Choy react enthusiastically to the results of the jury panel:

“Her power of persuasion is very strong, which for many will be a source of  inspiration. That’s what we’re looking for; women who stand up for what they believe in!”

– Robin and Stefan

The 23-year-old Miss wants to give the Black Lives Matter movement in the Netherlands a new dimension, by using her title to advocate for a stronger position of Afro-Dutch women in society. During her pitch she emphasized this goal:

“We have a culture of tolerance, a notion that we must constantly sustain. My effort is to dedicate my title and my crown to ameliorate the position of black women in Dutch society. I believe that 2020 came for positive change. From the ground up, we will upgrade.” 

Photo: Johnny ten Have, Crown: BaroQco, Makeup: Seductive Glamor, Hair: Addict Haarlem

Swelia believes in the strength of unity and association, therefore, both factors will be central to her efforts to attach weight to her crown. In addition to being a Miss, Swelia is also a Master’s student in Public Administration and Ambassador of Education for the Black Ladies Talk organization.

This real beauty and brains of own soil gives substance to her qualities by entering into collaborations from model to guest at the table, the list goes on and on.

With this ‘from the ground up’ mentality, Swelia also wants to bag in the international crown.

Follow and support Swelia through social media, on Instagram she is ‘@a_la_swelia’ and on Facebook ‘Swelia Da Silva Antonio’.


Propositions and questions are welcome at the address of 12monthsofbeauty@gmail.com [ To the attention of :Robin and Stefan ] always mentioning Miss Supra NL 2020.

 

 

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