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“Freelance work as a model would fit my lifestyle perfectly.”

I discovered Melanin Wonder when Daniel Pando became the first Face of Melanin Wonder back in 2018. My sister sent me the info and told me to also go for it and become the next Face of MELANIN WONDER. I remember that Beni (a friend of mine) applied the following year and was part of the casting in 2019.


I love pictures, photography and taking pictures too. Also am I a perfectionist. It is hard for me to post pictures of myself that is why I do not post a lot. But I do have a lot of HD pictures waiting to be posted LoL. 

Destin makiesse

I registered with two pictures that my sister took of me and that is how I ended up being on the casting. Now, I am the Face of Melanin Wonder 2020 and I never expected to come this far and get this much support.



Fashion is really my creative outlet and I love shopping and I am kind of addicted to shopping as well. Following trends is not my thing, I usually do and wear just what I like. Combining clothes, colors and outfits is one of my favorite things to do. It is really my passion.

Project promise, was a photo shoot and modeling project organised by the church I go to. On the casting day they would give young people an opportunity to work on your modeling portfolio. They would also do that by taking photographs. The people who actually organised it, used to be models themselves. But they would never do and would never promote nude photo shoots though.

Destin Makiesse

Destin Makiesse

My mother grew up in Congo and I personally speak Dutch, English, French and Lingala mixed with French words.

I was born in the Netherlands and I never got the chance to actually go home and visit. When the time is ripe I will definitely go visit. I would go there for a holiday and of course visit my family too. I have a lot of family over there and we have regular contact with them. Meeting them would be very sweet. 


Playing football is one of my major hobbies. I have been playing ball ever since I was 5 years old. I’ve been playing football for 14 years now. I play football 3 times a week. It is just for fun tho, I used to dream of being a pro football player. I love football and I have my local club where I have been playing for years. Everyone knows who I am over there.

I still go to school and I want to finish school and focus on being stable, getting a good job. I am used to always being on the road. This also makes it that I have little to no time to be on social media and sharing photos and content all the time. But I am almost done with school and I might have more time to be on social media by then.

Doing Management and entrepreneurship are totally up my lane. Financial based jobs are also very interesting to me. Someone once told me that I could have some leadership skills in me too! The teacher recommended a leadership related study to me.

I love modeling too obviously. Freelance work as a model would fit my lifestyle perfectly. Developing my modeling skills and my personal portfolio are one of my goals as well.  

Sr.king_dapper on Instagram- he is actually one of my inspirations. He takes pictures in suits and shoots in different countries around the globe. The combination of dope locations and beautiful and well put together outfits are amazing. Being a stylist could very well be one of the things I could be doing in the future. Who knows, I might be able to do it once. Maybe I can style a shoot for melanin wonder, who knows! 


I actually love different styles of music. Gospel music for example, but also Moise Mbiye and Stevie Valentine. I usually listen to music on Spotify or YouTube.

Michael Jordan film, action movies, crime series and documentaries are my favorite thing to watch. Also, do I like to watch things that are realistic.  Black Lightening and TopBoy arer my favorite. “Black Panther” is my favorite movie  and “All day all night” . 



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RiRi Rihanna honoured for her ‘extraordinary commitment’ to Caribbean island as it makes a historic political transition.

The singer was honored Monday in her native Barbados during its presidential inauguration, which served to mark the country becoming a republic. Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley told the crowd: “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions and to do credit wherever you shall go”.

Barbados formally cut ties with the British monarchy by becoming a republic almost 400 years after the first English ship arrived on the most easterly of the Caribbean islands.




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



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




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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New Monkey Photography
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