Fashion Ornella about her life and modelling – Past, Present and Future Published 2 years ago on 23/07/2018 By Melanin Wonder Where are you from ? I’m a Tutsi from Burundi , born and raised! Who was Ornella before she became a model. Can you tell us more about that period? The Nella before I was a party animal (still am to a certain extend tho). I move to den Bosch from Burundi about 10+ years ago With my parents. I moved out by the age of 18 to live on my own in Amsterdam . I studied to be a flight attendant but I ended up dropping out because I couldn’t get an internship due to my tattoos. Ornella “The change is not happening fast enough but it is happening petit-a-petit” Ornella ‘fresh from the boat’ as she jokingly says I then went on to study marketing and communication, whilst studying I started working as a waitress. Cz life is tough and expensive lol! I also went on to work at bars and clubs in Amsterdam which was an amazing experience. I was attracted to the night life, I think that’s what I miss the most. There is a massive throwback picture when I was just fresh off the boat. Doesn’t get better than this lol. The modelling industry can be cut throat with diet rules and maybe even racism or color-ism. What keeps you in the modelling game? The change is not happening fast enough but it is happening petit-a-petit. Seeing beautiful black models killing the game motivates me. Seeing models that look different finally on covers and billboards motivates me .But what motivates me more is when I hear that I inspired someone to become a model or to embrace being themselves. “You will need to work twice as hard to get half the opportunity!” What was one of your most favorite photoshoot and runway show you did? I did a show in Tokyo where they had set up a bar in the 80’s and the models had to party and dance and even order drinks during the show. It was amazing to be able to completely let go and be whoever u want to be and get paid for it. Ornella modeling – In Tokyo What makes You different than any other model in the scene? My tomboyish style plays a big part I think. Not to mention I’m pretty inked up lol. My crooked teeth that differentiates my smile. My bald Head and also my personality. I am pretty outspoken and I will always share my opinion Do you have any advice for people of color that want to start to model that are based in a non melanated or melanin deprived country? Slay at all times! And work twice as hard! You will need to work twice as hard to get half the opportunity! What other dreams do you have that you wish to do someday besides modelling? I have too many! I want to know how to play most instruments (working on it ). I’m working on creating space for ppl of color where they can find education they won’t find in a school system that is not designed for them to succeed. Where POC can have discussion on issues that we face daily and where they can give workshops and dance and sing at the same time. (Also currently working on this) . I also happen to want to be a police officer some day. Ornella Do you have a partner? She is not just my girlfriend, she is the serotonin to my brain. Sandra Lambeck. Ornella & Sandra Lambeck https://www.melaninwonder.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Video-by-nellaroz.mp4 You’re a Vegan, when did u decide to become Vegan and why? I became a vegan a little over 2 years ago. I was at a stage in my life where I was starting my spiritual growth and being more conscious about pretty much everything and an animal cruelty free diet only makes sense. What are your favorite Vegan places to go to worldwide and in Holland and our favorite Vegan dish! My favorite vegan restaurant in Amsterdam is this Jamaican-Japanese little restaurant called Terrazen center. It’s owned by a family the dad is Jamaican and the mom is Japanese and together they make delishious vegan soul food. Ornella What are some of your favorite songs at the moment? We have seen u share multiple songs on instastory. Mura masa – move me. Lykke li new album is fire & 070shake new album is also fire! Would you like your son or daughter to model in the future? I never thought about having kids. If for some strange reason that changes. I would love for my son or daughter to be anything they want to be. Tweet In Tokyo Ornella 'fresh from the boat' as she jokingly says Ornella Related Topics:color-ismfeaturefeaturedGermandyinfluencerinstagramlgbthlovemodelmodelingNellanetherlandsOrnellapeople pf colorpocSandra Lambeckvegan Up Next Primark embraces Melanin Wonder cuteness autmn and winter range Don't Miss Mary SKYROCKETS with her MAFCouture Line and AMAZING and FAST design! Melanin Wonder Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Etienne Melanin Plus Size Model to Look out for This 2020! Nigerian-Dutch Beauty first to represent The Netherlands in the Miss Eco Netherlands 2020 Melanin Excellence from Politics to Disney – our 2019 so far Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Fashion Nigerian-Dutch Beauty first to represent The Netherlands in the Miss Eco Netherlands 2020 Published 1 month ago on 19/12/2019 By Melanin Wonder Stephanie Omogun is the new Miss Avantgarde 2019 and will be a finalist at the Miss Eco International 2020 competition in Egypt. Stephanie Omogun wearing her Winners sash Miss Avantgarde 2019 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. MISS ECO INT’L SUPPORTS THE UN SDGS 2030 AGENDA FOR A BETTER 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. Photo: Duane van der Geld The award 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! Tweet Continue Reading Entrepreneurship Eric Jones builds his empire, from Fayetteville, AR to LA – The American dream Published 5 months ago on 19/08/2019 By Melanin Wonder We reunited with Eric Jones, CEO and lead designer at LFLS shoes. He started his business in 2016, after graduating and mourning his late mom and dad. He pulled through and continued building his empire, making his late parents proud, building his life with the goals he in-visioned. His mother in particular was a big part of designing LSLS shoes. She helped him create the first designs of LFLS’s 1st collection while he was finishing up college. Unfortunately, she was not there to experience the launch of his collection or witness his graduation. She passed away a few weeks before he graduated. Eric’s first collection was very important to him, as he was holding a piece of his mom in his creations. We asked Eric how life changed since the first year into entrepreneurship. ”My life has changed tremendously, it is literally like comparing night and day!” ” My slow success has allowed me to build so much character and it has molded me into an individual that has the influence, courage, resilience and story to inspire a nation. I’ve had the chance to experience so many things that I couldn’t have imagined. I worked with people that I never thought I would be able to work with MJ Harris ,Tasha Page Lockhart, Anthony Anderson and Desi Bank just to name a few. From left to right MJ Harris, Tasha Page Lockhart, Anthony Anderson, and Desi Bank I achieved goals that exceed my wildest expectations. I also, recently took a huge leap of faith and relocated to Los Angeles, California a little over a week ago. Coming from Helena, AR, these are things that I could have never imagined doing in my life! ” Eric’s life changed tremendously in just 24 months! Exposure – he has been recognized my national and international media and has been featured on Global Grind, Because of them We Can, Melanin Wonder, Voyage LA/Dallas, and a host of other platforms! New friends, gaining MJ Harris as a friend and mentor. Building his CV, booking multiple speaking engagements and also speaking on panels across the country to share my story. Recognition, being recognized by my Alma Mater and moving to Los Angeles, just 2 weeks ago! Are your shoes as dapper as you are? It’s a guarantee because you can’t find shoes like these anywhere else. I have added my own unique touches to each shoe and they have become a high demand for special occasions like weddings, galas, proms, graduations and red carpet events. The shoes are the representation of a lifestyle that many individuals want to live. A lifestyle of modern luxury with a sprinkle of good old classic vibes. How do you test the product quality? I test the quality of my products by having a sample developed of a specific shoe that I have designed and want to send into production. Based on how the sample comes out will determine what changes are needed or if I will work with that particular factory or not. What was the main reason you chose to start making women’s shoes as well? I decided to start making women’s shoes because so many women would ask me about shoes for them or if I made kids shoes that they could fit. I tested the market to see if women would actually purchase the pair of flats that I ended up designing. It turned out that they liked them a lot and at times purchased more than my customer base of men would. So to circle back around on the question, the main reason I chose to start making them is to please the ladies hahaha. But then it also became bigger than that because I made sure the women’s flats matched the men’s loafers, which lead to our his and hers collection. My late mother Gloria also loved shoes a lot, I plan to design a women’s shoe dedicated to her in the near future. What’s the next up-and-coming trend Eric? ”I’m not much of a trendy person, I tend to create them versus keep up with them!” If you weren’t making shoes, what would be your craft today? Branding and social media strategy for sure, along with still inspiring people through my journey! I love everything about branding and how a business conveys its story to their potential customers, whether that be through visuals or strategy. This is one reason why I started offer branding/business development consultations. I also love styling too, so I’m sure I would also still be dabbling in that industry even if I wasn’t a shoe designer! You recently moved to LA, how will this impact the LFLS brand? ” This move will take the brand to the next level!” Being in this environment around celebrities, stylist, red carpet events, influencers and a host of other entrepreneurs/creatives is all I could ask for plus more! You never know who you will meet here in LA, so many doors will be opened for myself and the brand that could have never been opened back in Arkansas. I’m thrilled to be here and just honored to be able to have the faith, courage and resilience to take such a huge leap of faith and sacrifice for my future. Get you a pair of LFLS shoes to look just as dapper as Eric https://www.lflsshoes.com/GIVE AWAY - GIVE AWAY - GIVE AWAY - GIVE AWAYP.S. Eric is doing a give-away in collaboration with Melanin Wonder. Comment under this article and repost it on your socials. Send us a screenshot of you comment under this post + your repost on any socials (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) Winner will be announced in the third week of september. Tweet Continue Reading Fashion Valentine Rontez shares knowledge Published 10 months ago on 13/03/2019 By Melanin Wonder 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. 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” Tweet Continue Reading JOIN THE TEAM!Reach Thousands of People Advertisement Like The Page! Tweet Us Now!Tweets by Melanin_Wonder Trending Melanin Wonderful story1 day ago Etienne Melanin Plus Size Model to Look out for This 2020!