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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

    Light green picture taken in Suriname

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    red artistic picture

  • My favorite colors are bright colors

    My favorite colors are bright colors

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    Marvin Halden

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  • Manou in action

    Manou in action

  • basketball is his life

    basketball is his life

  • Cristal Manou in action!

    Cristal Manou in action!

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  • Light green picture taken in Suriname
  • red artistic picture
  • My favorite colors are bright colors
  • Marvin Halden
  • Manou
  • Manou in action
  • basketball is his life
  • Cristal Manou in action!


Valentine Rontez shares knowledge




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,

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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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 [ 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



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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