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Chureley Joann Meerzorg – A Living art -Face of Melanin Wonder 2020

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The odd one out?

Joann is a 22-year-old beauty hailing from Suriname, she grew up in the Breda and later on moves to Rotterdam for her studies. Growing up in the South of the Netherlands as a black girl, always made her feel like the odd one out. She was part of the culture but didn’t always fit is, because of the color of her skin and her cultural background. She also often realized the nuanced differences of her and others when she started working as an intern, where she had to intertwine within the grown-up world and office culture.

Luckily she found her tribe and made some good friends who flowed with her on the same frequency. Like they always say, birds of the same feather flock together! In other words… the biggest lesson to learn here is to stay true to yourself and don’t believe you need to change just to fit in.

Corine Bailey Ray’s song ‘Put your records on’ is therefore one of Joan’s favorite songs, as it really explains the way she feels about life and how she feels every girl should feel.

Mindfulness

Joann has always been a creative spirit. She fetches her inspiration by focusing on spirituality and mindfulness. She is the true personification of what she preaches, if you look closely to her chest, in between her collarbones, you will read these 3 letters, A R T.

We can really say in her case, life imitates art and art imitates life

Joann believes that your goals can come true by envisioning it through vision boards and having an entrepreneurial mindset to achieve your goals. Her advocacy as the face of Melanin Wonder is to promote the creativity of individuals. And that is why she also started her own business, called ‘SundayVibes’!

‘SundayVibes’

She has done it al, horse riding, classical ballet, photography, and trend watching. Joann can teach you the 101 about making your creative concepts tangible! Follow her on the Melanin Wonder NL platform to get all the ins and outs.

For anyone interested in personified articles and props for your business, follow her platform ‘Sunday Vibes’ on Instagram and Facebook.

Follow Joann on Instagram ( click on the Instagram names to be redirected to Instagram)

@churelyjoann 

Peace & Love <3

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This is why you should keep an eye on Melanin Wonder NL – Finalist Maryan Stokhof de Jong

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I am a young woman who was born in Africa and eventually grew up in the Netherlands. I have always admired the strength of my African mother.
 

Model: Maryan Photo: Pearson Portraits

 
 
I would like to convince people to continue to believe in themselves and get the best out of their lives. Everyone is beautiful the way they are.

Model: Maryan Photo: Pearson Portraits

 
 
I hope to convey the energy right. I stand for strength, positivity, love and acceptance. I think it is important that everyone can be the way they are, whatever the colour of their skin. Love to uplift people and forget about jealousy.
 

Model: Maryan Photo: Pearson Portraits

Follow Maryan on instagram: @Maryannnx
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This is why you should keep an eye on Melanin Wonder NL – Finalist Heera Dijk

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Chase your dreams

 
 
I think no matter what colour skin or background you have, you should always chase your dreams. Color doesn’t matter, it’s about what’s inside you. When I was a little girl there was no n’t much color on tv or at my school.
 
But children don’t look at and now in 2021, there are many changes going on in the world and there is much more possible. More than ever we need role models, we still need them. So let me be that voice and face to show how it can be.
 
 
Like Marian Wright Edelman an American child advocate once said: color, they look at you as a person. The differences become more obvious when you are older. My roots are from Suriname and the Caribbean, but I was born and raised here in the Netherlands. So I’m a mix of three cultures, I’m a melted melanin.
 
 
 

” You need role models. Someone you can identify yourself with, someone who is just like you.”

 
 
Growing up as a teenager can be quite a challenge, let alone if you feel like you are living in three worlds. As a teenager, I felt different. Where did I belong? When I grew up, I didn’t realize you need role models. Someone you can identify yourself with, someone who is just like you. It helps you as a person. 

Role models

Now that I’m older I realize it is necessary to have role models, someone who can be that example for you. Looking back I now know that I certainly had my role models: Off course there were Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, wauw such strong beautiful melanin women! But more close to home (literally), were my mother and my aunt that example for me. They are truly powerful women, strong and independent! At a young age they came here in The Netherlands, without their parents, family or even a guideline to live and work in another country. They showed me that life isn’t always easy, but when you are positive and work hard, you can achieve whatever you want! My whole family exists of strong and independent women. I’m very proud to be part of that!  
 
 

Model: Heera Dijk Photo: New Monkey Photography

 
 
Nowadays, in 2021, there are many changes going on in the world and there are so much more possibilities. We need role models now more than ever! We need them at all times. So let me be that voice and face to show how it can be done. Like Marian Wright Edelman an American child advocate once said:
 
 ‘You can’t be, what you can’t see.’ 
 
 
That’s my purpose! To be an example. That is why I’ve chosen this Melanin Wonder Platform, which has such a great reach!
 
 
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Follow Heera on Instagram: @heera.d
 
 
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This is why you should keep an eye on Melanin Wonder NL – Finalist Deleyciella Juan Pedro

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My story is from a queen.
She changes everything she touches into gold.
 
It’s not much different from ourselves if you want to accomplish something. Make it work make it gold. Everything you do or touch make it a success!
 

Model: Deleyciella Juan Pedro Photo: TgFrafma

 
No matter what people say, think, judge it’s what you feel and manifest.
She shows confidence, strength, love, and power.
Turn your insecurities into gold.
 

Model: Deleyciella Juan Pedro Photo: TgFrafma

When you say ‘Black is beautiful’ you are saying, ‘Man you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being’. – Steven Biko

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