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Hannah Akua The Face of Melanin Wonder 2019

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The Face of MelaninWonder

A bit about me…who am I?
I am Hannah Ofosu-Oware. I was born in Accra, Ghana, West Africa in the late nighties.

Accra, Ghana source: phdmedia.com

I came to the Netherlands at the age of 15 and have been blessed to enjoy the exciting journey of assimilating into the Dutch culture.

It has been a stark difference from what I left behind in Africa. The unlimited sunshine, heat and abundance of fresh tropical foods. The uniqueness of this deep culture and environment is what I feel adds depth to my character and look.

The Vibrant marketplace in Ghana

I am fun, warm, attentive and love to be around people. I also adore cooking and aspire to one day own a fusion African restaurant in Holland and in Ghana. I cook for friends, family and anyone that loves to eat!

” By nature, I am typically a very shy individual and have always had to motivate myself to break out of my shell. “

Why I took part in the MW contest?

Hannah rocking some Kente fabrics

By nature, I am typically a very shy individual and have always had to motivate myself to break out of my shell. However, I decided to let go of my inhibitions and take the leap of competing in this year’s campaign to be the female face of the Melanin Wonder brand. I have in the past taken up a few modelling projects and found it to be an art form that brings out creativity. I love it. 😊

Photography by: Godfried van Utrecht

For those who may not be aware, Melanin wonder is a Netherlands based online magazine created with the intent to educate, entertain, inspire and also highlight social issues affecting the African youth in the diaspora. 

Hannah

I would like to support and be part of a brand that uplifts individuals to spotlight when they do not have a voice or a face. As the popular saying goes, ‘Black is beautiful’, but many fail to acknowledge that.  

Photography: Vonne in-house Melanin Wonder photographer

I desire to be an inspiration to the Black OR Brown girl, woman (FEMALE) with her unique African lineage and truly believe that BLACK is indeed BEAUTIFUL.

Hannah

Khoudia Diop inspired me a lot she said “Being black it’s not a crime, Be happy with what you have and who you are”.
  

Hannah.

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Winanda Pinas – From rebel to aspiring Tycoon – Face of Melanin Wonder 2020

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Winanda is a 22-year-old beauty, hailing from French Guyana. This year she became the face of our brand, and may proudly call herself the face of Melanin Wonder 2020. Together with the other 3 faces, she represents the ‘next generation’ of our platform.

Growing up in The Netherlands, in Mijdrecht, she had an adventurous childhood. She is the youngest of 5 ( 2 brothers and 2 sisters). Winanda had an adventurous childhood, hunting for the thrills of life..you could say she was a little rebel. Her mom focused on bringing her kids on the right track. So Winanda had 2 choices, be a kid on the streets, or make something out of her life.

She decided to shape up and give herself the best shot she can in life, so she decided to work for the newspapers and run a newspaper district. This way she could safe for her future goals.

She was a girl of many talents, she knew how to braid her from a young age, so she also earned money by braiding hair. At a young pre-teenage she was already making 40 bucks, including travel allowance. Little did she know, she was planting a seed, for her business plan, 10 years later

LEVEL UP , Level up, LEVEL UP

Level up by Ciara, is the Themesong of her life, according to Winanda.

Fast forward 10 years later to 2020, and we can say that she is a serial entrepreneur. Level up, Level up, level up, YES GIRL!

What she is up to? 2 things! Educating people on financial freedom  & launching her haircare business. She will be educating the public about financial freedom. Teaching you everything about the future about money i.e. DAGCOING / Cryptocurrency & Network marketing. With the knowledge, she has acquired by joining the SUCCES FACTORY, 2 years ago.

In addition to that, we will be keeping a close eye on her, with her Youtube channel about natural hair care. Subscribe to her Youtube channel -> HERE

 

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Etienne Melanin Plus Size Model to Look out for This 2020!

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Who are you?

My name is Etienne and I am 31 years old. I grew up  and lived most my life in Amsterdam-East with my little brother. Our family is a warm and happy family and as a person I am usually a helpful person. I am royal, loyal sensitive and generous. I currently reside in A’dam Noord.

“Don’t be ashamed of how you look like. Just be who you are. Don’t change for anyone!”

 

Etienne

 

FashionBiggie?

I founded the name ‘Biggie’ due to the fact that I love fashion. My friends used to always call me a Fashionista because I love wearing the dopest outfits. I always want to look good. My mum called me Biggie when i was younger. On the streets they used to use the Nickname Biggie as well because the stature of Biggie. That is how Fashion Biggie came to be.

 

Black & White Photographed by Celso de Sanders

 

Etienne’s childhood

My childhood dream was to be an archeologist some day. I was fascinated by finding old artifacts which end up to be worth a lot of money. These artefacts are always linked to amazing historical stories and a glimpse of how people used to live back in the day. But I had a second dream, which was becoming a fashion designer. I loved Fashion and I still do. Creating clothes and outfits for others was my thing. I’d love people to be wearing my outfits. Especially for the people with a size more.

 

 

My hobbies are: doing sports, gaming, being with family, singing and doing commercials. I have a commercial gig every week. Also, do I go to the gym three times a week. The gym is my medicine, I love it!

 

Art by @irfaan3

Art by @irfaan3

Why modeling?


The first photo shoot i ever did was when i was 24 years old. It was my first time so I was quite nervous. You’ll get the urge to be perfect. The positive reactions after doing the shoots kept coming in and that definitely gave me a confidence boost. It is a fun thing to do and you’ll also learn a thing or two during shoots.

 

“Make sure you feel good and do not listen to people who do not support you.”



In 2015, I started taking photography more seriously, I was about 24 or 25 years old at the time.

Etienne

For people who do not have the confidence to start modeling; just be yourself like they always say. 

Just start talking to people around you or ask the photographer to teach you some basic poses. Ask about what outfits look most flattering on you and learn. you can also DM me on @fashionbiggie, we can always hang out! Take small steps as well, do not try to do too much all at once.

 

Etienne

Etienne Capture Infinity

Make sure you feel good and do not listen to people who do not support you. Whether it is your family or any friends, just do what you feel like doing. That is how I do it too. 🙂

When i do some TV work, I sometimes do get recognized but not regularly though. Ooh wauw, I have so many artists I like;  Tank  or Drake and so many more actually.

What I was seeing all over social media was plus size women being celebrated. Which is a good thing but there also plus size men who would like to be praised in the modeling world. I wanted to be the first black plus size model in this area.

 

By Milton Franklyn Goedhoop

By Milton Franklyn Goedhoop

I want to be a black role model for people of color, the melanated people. My main message is: “Don’t be ashamed of how you look like. Just be who you are. Don’t change for anyone!”

MelaninWonderOfficial on Instagram! -> Go Follow!

 

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Afro-Dutch Beauty first to represent The Netherlands in the Miss Eco Netherlands 2020

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Miss Eco Netherlands 2020 captured by Mantiz Photography

Stephanie Omogun is the new Miss Avantgarde 2019 and will be a finalist at the Miss Eco International 2020 competition in Egypt.

Mantiz Photography

Miss Eco International is an International Beauty competition that brings together representatives of different cultures and traditions from all over the world. Its main objective is to promote the importance of saving our planet environmentally in addition to marketing tourism across the world.
This competition focuses on the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit of all the candidates that represent all the countries from all over the world.


MISS ECO INT’L SUPPORTS THE UN SDGS 2030 AGENDA FOR A BETTER WORLD.

Stephanie Omogun receiving her Finalist sash

 

 

Our very own Melanin Wonder founder Stephanie Omogun has been awarded the title of Miss Avantgarde 2019!!!

Stephanie winning the Miss Avantgarde 2019 Title as a black woman – Duane van der Geld as photographer

The Miss Avantgarde is more than just a Beauty Contest for the Netherlands. According to the pageant details the contest focuses on art, creativity, promotes awareness in fields of the environment and sustainability. The awarded recipients are also given the opportunity to advance their career in the areas of modelling, photography and the fashion world.

Some of the categories are extremely unique to the competition. In the Fashion Category, the contestant works with a fashion designer who makes an outfit from recyclable materials.

Photo: Duane van der Geld

Stephanie is the second Melanin Beauty to win the competition. The First Melanin Beauty was Mariana Pietersz in 2016.

Stephanie’s modeling and previous pageant history has prepared her for this moment. She will be the first Afro-Dutch woman to represent the Netherlands in the Miss Eco International competition next year.

She was recently a pageant contender in the Miss World NL in 2018 as well.

Melanin Wonder is extremely proud of this accomplishment by Stephanie.

We are honoured to say that she was awarded the title of Miss Avantgarde 2019! She will directly continue to represent the Netherlands in Egypt and meet Miss Eco Finalists from all over the world!

Congratulations Stephanie Omogun! Hard work pays off!!

Go follow her Facebook Page Stephlike to keep tabs on what she is up to next!



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