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Fashion Extraordinaire and YouTube personality creates his own Supreme Style!

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Who are you and where do you come from?

My name is Junior Kwadjo Owusu also known as Fashion enthusiast JuniorCelinè.  I was born in Amsterdam in the SouthEast area also known as Bijlmer. My parents are Ghanaian and created me 20 years ago.  I am currently living with my lovely mother and two brothers (23 and 18 years old) in the Kraaiennest area.

What is your passion in life?

My biggest passion in life has always been fashion. Ever since I was a little boy I wanted to become a fashion designer. 

Where and when did my fashion journey start? ​​​​​​

My mom always used to dress me for school as a little boy. I remember this one day she bought me a new sweater and I fell in love! I could not wait to show my newly bought sweater off at school.

At the time it was normal for my mom to let me wear a same sweater three or four days in a row. What she would do was change my undershirt every day. After wearing that sweater for three days in a row, one of my classmates came and said: Junior, we have already seen that sweater, don’t you have anything else?”. She basically killed my vibe when she told me this. So I ran home angry and told my mom that from that day onward I would like to pick my own clothes for school.

Unfortunately, this was not possible due to the fact that I was just a little 6-year old boy going to elementary. We eventually came to an agreement which was that I could help her pick my own clothes for school. My passion for fashion kept increasing. I started making clothes for my teddy bears with my mom as a result. She knew how to sew and she taught me the ropes which made me more aware of what I wore outside. It even came to a point where I started customizing clothes for people.

I organised little fashion shows and planned photo shoots for clothing items I made at the age of fifteen. ​​​​​​​​​Despite my plans to become a fashion designer I showcased my other talents like dancing and singing more because I felt like those talents were easier to pursue as a young boy.

Photographed by @Tingylingyyves

Men in Black perhaps in a 2017 modern flavour

What keeps you busy on a daily basis?

I am a full time retail and management student in Amsterdam and work at an ice cream salon located at Amsterdam Central. Also do I make video blogs and YouTube videos items in my spare time.

I decided to join the video blog industry to establish myself, show my qualities and get my name out there. You get to see my fashion sense and the journey I am making to become a Fantastic stylist. I hope that one day this all will help me create my own clothing Brand in the future.

What is your favorite Fashion trend, style or brand?

I love fashion so I always feel like I have to follow up with the latest brands, styles and creations. My favorite brand is Louis Vuitton. I think their designs are the true definition of bringing old school back in a modern way. Besides, they also have amazing pieces and their service and quality of products are outstanding

What I also love about Louis Vuitton is the fact that you are able to customize everything you purchase into a personal item. They offer services such as being registered in their system and having date codes on items. Customizing your purchase by printing your name initials on the item for example. Whenever you decide to buy a luxury item the service you get should always be worth it.

What Melanin Wonder do you look up to in the Fashion world?

Kanye West is an example of a real fashion ‘rapper’ icon. He is a black artist that does so many different things which I admire. He shows us how to be a successful artist and how to combine it with other affairs.

He is an amazing full-time dad and husband with an outstanding fashion brand that produces amazing and unique pieces. This guy is not afraid of being different and that is what I love about Kanye. 

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I would like to see myself as a professional stylist working towards having my own clothing line and major BrandI am a young student who loves to explore the art of fashion and I hope one day I will get the chance to share my piece of art with the world.  

Junior styled by himself at Amsterdam Dam

Junior styled by himself at Amsterdam Dam

 

What advice would you give people who love to look more fashionable?

One piece of advise I would like to share with the people who would like to look more fashionable but don’t know how or where to start is; please do not be afraid of being different or looking ‘overdressed’.

I personally think that having a nice outfit encourages you and stimulates your self-confidenceBesides that, it gives you a great start of the day. Keep in mind: you are never overdressed but the people around you are simply under-dressed.

What do you think of the Melanin Wonder platform?

I think Melanin Wonder is a great platform for the colored community and it helps gain confidence in people that are insecure about their appearance. There are many melanated people that are walking around without confidence because of their skin color. Some of them are even bullied for having a darker skin. I believe that platforms like this will help our community grow again and I think we are doing well so far, we have come a long way.

 
Want to see more of Junior’s fashion sense? Checkout his Instagram and Facebook page!
 
Original self styled semi casual outfit by fashion stylist JuniorCelinè

Original self styled semi casual outfit by JuniorCelinè

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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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Fashion Shoot with the faces of Melanin Wonder NL 2020

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The Melanin Wonder ambassadors Destin, Shanice, Winanda and Joann are participating in their first-ever shoot after the terrible pandemic lockdown we had in the Netherlands. We are back stronger than ever. Take a look and stay updated and check out the end results soon!!

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