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Ken Lawrence , believer of love at first sight?



Tell us something about yourself!

My full name is Kenneth Lawrence Hill Jr. I was born and partially raised in Chicago, IL. We later moved up to the Suburbs. I have two younger twin sisters and my mum was a stay at home mom. She was an angel and she is the reason for who I am today. My father despite many obstacles gave us everything we ever needed. He is the reason I work so hard.

What are you passionate about?

I am absolutely passionate about art and it’s many forms. The force behind the creative process. The inspiration used to create it. The satisfaction that is the result of a finished piece.

What is your profession?

I am a model. It started off as a hobby because I was not sure what it entailed and how far I could go with it. As I began my journey I realized how much really goes into the finished product. I found myself enthralled in the creativity of the art form and have been enjoying it ever since.

foto van Kenneth Hill.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

When I was younger I wanted to be a Magician or Veterinarian. I knew nothing about it but I just knew I loved magic and I loved animals.

Favorite Quote: 

Trust Your Dopeness!

Do you love art?

I absolutely love art in all forms. The opportunity to express yourself in a positive and creative way is what keeps me motivated day in and day out.

What  is your favorite inspirational message at the moment?

“Nothing great ever came from staying in your comfort zone.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Hopefully enjoying some of the successes that have produced itself from the past few years of head down grinding.

Ken Lawrence – Shot by Jeyson Paez , Chicago

Do you have other hobbies or crazy habits?

My hobbies include playing basketball whenever I can get some good games in. I am a writer, mostly screenplay and short stories. I don’t believe I have any crazy habits. *Ken laughs*

Who is your celebrity crush?

I don’t have any. This day and age we know so much about celebrities but yet so little. But I respect people like Beyonce, Tracee Ellis Ross and Ashley Graham.

What does Melanin mean to you?

Melanin represents: Strength-Prosperity-Resilience to me. No matter how hard it gets we overcome it all.

Do you think a Melanin Wonder Platform is necessary?

I wish we as human race would celebrate everyone and their wonderful differences. Unfortunately that is not always the case, so platforms like these are necessary to combat the negative connotations conjures up by other media platforms. If this platform can help one person see the beauty in themselves then it is served a purpose much greater then itself.

What is your favorite fashion trend?

My all-time favorite fashion trend that has not gone out of style is a well-tailored suit.

Ken Lawrence- Shot by David Ramirez in LA

What would be a good theme song for your life?

I guess I would go with “Uptown Funk” ft. Bruno Mars 🙂

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes and no. When I first saw my daughter it was absolutely love at first sight. She instantly redefined my life and is absolutely my inspiration to be a better man. As far as relationships I do not believe in love at first sight just because I believe beliefs, values and a person’s moral compass out weighs looks in the long run. If you’re a beautiful person on the outside but a complete mess on the inside it’s hard to pass for sure.

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

I am really enjoying creatives like Maxwell Osborne, Olivier Rousteing and Kerby Jean-Raymond.

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  • Ken Lawrence- Shot by David Ramirez in LA

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    Light green picture taken in Suriname

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    My favorite colors are bright colors

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The Face of Melanin Wonder 2020 competition – The Next Generation



On the 1st of March, the 9 finalists of ‘The Face of Melanin Wonder 2020’ had their official photoshoot on the Damsquare in Amsterdam.

In groups of 3, the finalists put their best pose forward. The final pictures are being used for the second online voting competition. The points of these votes will be added to the final points of 18 March 2020 #GrandFinale.

Gavin Dalusung, Shanice Djemesi , Destin Makiesse.
Photo by: Salman Lartey
Sponso: Vintage Island
MUA: Tania Isaac & Muni Creations

Tyra Cesar, Joann Meerzorg, Christianity Hasselbaink
Photo by: Salman Lartey
Sponsor: SoPR
Mua: Brendolien AV & Muni Creations

Bryan Okello, Chantal Bakker, Winanda Pinas
Photo by: Salman Lartey
Sponsor: SoPR
MUA: Brendolien AV

The Grand Finale of the Face of Melanin Wonder shall be held in Amsterdam at the EFE Venue.

If you want to be part of the big happening and want to support your favorite, then don’t hesisate to buy your tickets online, before they’re sold out.

Be there or be squared! #FaceOfMelaninWonder2020

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Finalists ‘Face of Melanin Wonder 2020’



Last weekend, on the 8th of February 2020, Melanin Wonder held its casting at the EFE venue in Amsterdam. After a lot of online entries, they shortlisted 30 models to come at the casting.

Out of these 30 candidates, the’ve chosen the top 13. These are the contestants that are in the running to become ‘The Face of Melanin Wonder 2020 – the next generation’:

Winanda Pinas, Gavin Dalsung, Nyawal ter Jour, Shanice Djemesi, Tesley Hooi, Christel Rodriguez, Chantal Bakker, Bryan Okello, Jeffery Loewenicht, Joann Meerzorg, Destin Makiesse and Christianity Fonseca.

Keep an eye on our socials and website, voting round starts anytime soon.

#FaceOfMelaninWonder2020 #NextGeneration #Amsterdam #Netherlands

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



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.


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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