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Who are you? Tell us a bit about yourself?

My Name Is Omar Parkman, I am 22 Years old, I am half Nigerian and African american. I was raised In Boston, Massachusetts by my single mother. I come from a family of six children all together. I Still currently reside in the Boston area.

What are you passionate about?

I am currently passionate about motivating others to be the best versions of themselves. Being an example or even a role model would be a privilege. I am a very positive  and optimistic guy. Also, do I love uplifting people around me.

What is your profession?

I am  a model, stylist and a style influencer.

How long have you been modeling and styling?

I have been been modeling for about 4 to 5 years now and I have been styling for just a little over a year now. Don’t let the before mentioned time span fool you, I have been doing my thing!

I do my thing!!

Omar 22 year old Half Nigerian in a suit

Omar 22 year old Half Nigerian in a suit

What is your favorite fashion trend for men at the moment?

My favorite men’s trend right now are  the mixed prints in general. Before this trend, there were specific rules to moving prints and the combinations of these different prints. Now, all of it has been thrown out the window and we can mix multiple prints or patterns. I love it! Also, do I love sandals! Especially the sandals worn with traditional suits. I am a big fan of that.

Have you considered entering modelling competitions or shows?

I actually haven’t considered any competitions, no. But I have been in various fashion shows ever since I was 17 years old.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I see myself living in New York, California or, Miami. I would still be modeling but with one foot heavily set into my own business. I would like to have investors that I will work with to promote my line of Men’s classical shoes. Perhaps I would be married, God works in mysterious ways!

Does this Nigerian have other hobbies or crazy habits?

I  actually love to workout and as nerdy as it sounds, I love to learn from other people. I always like to meet new people and pick their brain. I believe one can learn something from anyone.

What does Melanin mean to you?

That is easy! Melanin to me means Sun Kissed. Blessed by the sun with the most attractive, exotic, smooth skin. To me Melanin represents beauty, empowerment, strength, and so much more.

Omar, just launching, he did not see you there ;)

Omar, just lounging, he did not see you there 😉

What tips do you have for models that are just starting out?

Never give up when you truly want something in life. The (model) industry is cut throat and very harsh at times. But people are breaking barriers left and right in the industry. So what I would advise is; keep trying, keep learning and, most importantly keep growing.

Do you think a Melanin Wonder Platform is necessary?

I 100% believe it is necessary. It is important because from a young age the majority of Black, Hispanic, and other minority Melanin filled people, have been brainwashed to hate themselves and their skin tones. Society tell us that our skin tone and features are undesirable to the people. It is high time  to own the skin we are in and celebrate ourselves like no one is watching, apologetically.

Omar 22 years old Nigerian

Do you think there is enough diversity in modelling world?

I think the industry is taking a turn for the better. More and more diversity is definitely occurring within the industry which is a good thing.

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

I Love Duckie (model)Winnie Harlow (Model with  a skin deficit) Rihanna and, A$AP Rocky. Duckie, because  her dark complexion matched with her strong features makes her a force to be reckoned with. Winnie Harlow, because of being one of the first models to have a skin deficit like Vitiligo and breaking all model barriers within the modeling industry. Rihanna, for her fashion sense and beauty and, A$AP rocky, for being a young rapper from the hood who also knows how to present himself in a dapper way.

Do you want to see more of Omar? Follow him on Instagram and Facebook!

Omar the Nigerian

Omar the Nigerian

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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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