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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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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.

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.

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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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George Adegite Nigerian Allround Designer Keep an EYE on him!

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Who is George Adegite?

You may wonder who this guy is. All fashion enthusiasts may have heard of his clothing brand. AGEORGE the brand that focuses on quality, latest trends and impeccable design.

 

George Adegite Nigerian based in Amsterdam

George Adegite Nigerian based in Amsterdam

George has been drawing, designing and scribbling down images and cartoons ever since he discovered he could draw. He is Nigerian, specifically from the Yoruba tribe. One of the biggest tribes today in Nigeria. He stays in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he also works. Catch him at the store at Zeedijk 54, Amsterdam!

 

Pidgen English socks made in Nigeria

Pidgin English socks made in Nigeria

 

In 2017 George surprised us all with a Look Book. This Look Book contained statement pieces sweaters with Nigerian Pidgin English slang words which has never been done before in this way. 

Samuel Kingsley wearing Ageorge 2017

Samuel Kingsley wearing Ageorge 2017

Only God can George me! Clever!

Only God can George me! Clever!

The orange sweater seems simple but has been a real trend in Fashion, just plain orange just gives you a type of swag! George saw this ahead of time and it has been a fashion item ever since.

 

 

Lagos, Nigeria is were the talented designer gets his inspiration from. Also does his personal experience in life influence him a lot!

 

In Lagos you are built to withstand a lot; traffic, drought, NEPA (electricity going out) and more of these type of adversities. People in and from Lagos are highly motivated by the hustle, getting the job done and getting cash. Get what is yours before anyone else does.

Lagosian Athletes Collection 2018

Lagosian Athletes Collection 2018

His most recent collection has been a particularly unique one. He designed it in Amsterdam. But all shirts in this collection have been handmade in Lagos, Nigeria. Which is rare, because most designers go-to areas are countries such as China and Malaysia. They get their merchandise made for a ridiculously cheap prize. He works with local tailors in Nigeria and he brings us amazing quality pieces to wear during sports but also on your daily grind. You can even rock these at great fashion events or just on a regular day at work.

 

George Adegite is clearly a fashion mogul to watch! Mark our words, we said it first!

 

Get your GEAR on AGEORGE!!

 

 

 

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