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Margenna wins the Nubian Model Queen Contest 2018 | photo by LongJoy Photography

Margenna wins the Nubian Model Queen Contest 2018 | photo by LongJoy Photography

HOW does it feel to have the crown?

It feels amazing after all those intensive months of hard work!

Who are you for the people who do not know you yet?

My name is Margenna Apostel and I am 19 years old. My mum’s name is Magalie. My mother is super important for me because she made me the woman I am today. She has been my rock and acts as my mum and dad all in one person! I cant live without her I love her very much.

Margenna in HipHop wear

Margenna in HipHop wear

What do you love doing?

I love to pass my time with dancing! I love to dance and I love to teach as well. Let’s not forget my other favorite thing to do: SHOPPING! Also do I love photographing and taking pictures.

 

What is your favorite dance style?

My favorite dance style is AfroHouse/AfroDance. I also teach in these styles.

 

What has been the most crazy experience ever?

The craziest experience in my life… This was crazy but also very fun and exciting. I discovered that I have a brother and a sister when I was thirteen.

This was a bit of a scare because I grew up as an only child. I found out all by myself and this was an humbling experience. But I have great contact with them now and I talk to them frequently.

What is the worst thing that has happened to you?

To see my grandmother and grandfather die and see my mum suffer because of it.

 

Margenna gets crowned by Alex Martijn Photo by LongJoy Photography

Margenna gets crowned by Alex Martijn Photo by LongJoy Photography

Why do you think you have won the crown?

We all did our best and we were all very unique. But I stayed close to myself during this whole journey. I know for a fact that it helped in this competition. Stay Pure is my motto.

Margenna in Black and White Setting

Margenna in Black and White Setting

What are your next steps in pageantry?

I will soon start going to the gym to start training my body. I will be practicing my catwalk and I will attend various events as Nubian Model Queen 2018. I will then participate in an international beauty competition to represent Curaçao.

Margenna in yellow attire

Margenna in yellow attire

Are you allowed to keep the crown?

YES! I get to actually keep the crown!! The sashes are of course also mine to keep.

How are you going to combine it all?

By planning it very well. In this way I keep enough time for the fun and the important stuff.

 

First runner up Margenna with second and third runner up

First runner up Margenna with second and third runner up phot by LongJoy Photography

 

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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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