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Rabia Omanette about competing in a reality TV modeling contest and her love for art

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My name is Rabia Omanette, I am 25 years with a Dutch nationality but was born in Surinam. I currently live in Almere but I have lived in Amsterdam my entire life. I graduated Nursing school in 2015. During nursing school I got pregnant and became the mother of my son who is 2 years old now. 2016 was the year I started living with my boyfriend and son in Almere.

Rabia Omanette – By : Floris Naber

You competed in a reality TV modeling contest ‘ The Face’ at the age of 19 , how was that experience? 

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the face nlWell.. the only reason I participated in the program was because I was at a crossroads in my personal life. Being 19 is a difficult age for a lot of people. I did not really know what I wanted to do besides modelling and ‘’having fun’’. Doing something like Hollands Next Topmodel  was a thing I said I would never do. This due to the fact that I am a very private person. Until I saw the commercial of ‘’The Face’’ on television. This new modelling program was especially for models who had already been signed to an agency. They would give you a chance to give your career an international boost. So I was like.. LET’S TRY IT! The only important thing I did not think of at that moment was the fact that, the TV industry is ‘’something else’’.

Rabia Omanette – By : Floris Naber

How did your modeling career turn out after competing in ‘The FACE‘ ?

Oh Rabia, we were looking for you for a while! Now we know why we couldn’t book you haha.

I soon found out that the program was more about making TV than actually about modelling. During my period in the house we visited a lot of Dutch designers that I was already working for.. Sometimes I even came into a casting and they were like: ‘’ Oh Rabia, we were looking for you for a while! Now we know why we could not book you haha.’’ When I look back at my time at The Face I see it at as pretty fun experience. It was not doing anything for my career except the exposure, I became more known.

 

How is life being a mother and how do u combine it with work?

Life as a mom is very different from being a model without a child. You have so many responsibilities and less time to focus on your own career. Luckily for me the bond with my childs father, my boyfriend and basically everybody is very good. That makes it easier and gives me the room to work on my own career. At the moment I am also working for an agency that combines modelling and working as hostess for events and other projects. I get to tell them when I am available for work so that makes it easier to manage my agenda.

Do you think a platform like melaninwonder.com is necessary?

It is necessary because every ethnicity needs to have a platform where they can recognize themselves and where they can talk about the things in life that they have to deal with on a daily basis. The fashion industry is dominated by Caucasian people. Because of the differences between ethnic groups it can be hard for minorities to really make a name and have the same opportunities some other people might have. All because they are a better fit to the established system.

Rabia Omanette – By : Floris Naber

 

You are also an artist, how did your love for art start?

I get inspired the most by black women!

Ever since I was a little kid I was always drawing and being creative in all sorts of ways. You could find me in my room for hours drawing up images. I really just paint what MY HEART wants to paint, what I feel at that moment, what inspires me at that moment. I get most inspired by black women! Beautiful strong black women. In 2012 I had an exposition in restaurant Fraiche in Amsterdam (Jordaan).

 

 

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New collection of Daily Paper is dedicated to Mauritius’ ecosystem

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Daily Paper is committed to Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean, with a new collection. Their ecosystem is under a lot of pressure due to the climate crisis, according to the brand, which is why they want to stand up for the preservation of their nature.


Protect Paradise

Mauritius is known for its turquoise lagoons, volcanoes and subtropical rain forests: the island is home to countless birds, monkeys and reptiles. Yet it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep nature intact – it is precisely in places like this that climate change is very noticeable, writes Daily Paper in a press release. That’s why their new collection Protect Paradise revolves entirely around the conservation of Mauritius, and why the brand is donating part of the proceeds to the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.


Protect Paradise

New Daily Paper collection

Daily Paper was inspired by the ‘lush nature’ of the island, and the endless drive of its inhabitants to keep their homes intact. The collection consists of several summer items, from bucket hats to matching sets with rainforest prints. There are also sweaters and bags in the warm, earthy tones of the island’s volcanoes.

Sustainability

The collection is produced with eco-materials, and manufactured through sustainable production methods. All jerseys consist of 100% organic cotton, and are printed with natural dyes. The labels are also sustainable and biodegradable. You can view the entire collection here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Headwraps by AfricanFabs is the game-changer for Natural Hair

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After almost 20 months of working from home and cocooning, we now have the possibility to show our faces more on the job, in office or in class. This means, waking up at 06:30, getting dressed and ready for the day. This also means, doing our hair!

You might have done your braids, wigs or other protective hairstyles on a daily. But what if you don’t have time to do your hair? Or what if you finally wanted to focus on your hair growth journey in peace ( ZOOM camera off – new hairstyle loading..). Or maybe you just want to look fresh on your first day back in the office, matching your new head-wrap, with your cute blazer and customised key-cord.

Say no more, we got you!

 
 
 
 
 
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African Headwraps by AfricanFabs is the game changer for you

Headwraps are not just a fashion statement, it also supports your hair journey. What we love about AfricanFabs headwraps is that it is satin lined. This protects your hair and facilitates the effectiveness of hair oils, creams and minerals.

 
 
 
 
 
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Not just for daytime but also for nighttime

We know it, you have had dozens of scenarios waking up to find your hairnet or headscarf on the floor the next morning. Fear not, because these satin lined bonnets will secure your locks! You can go for the classic black bonnet but also choose to color match your bonnet with your nightwear, from colorful Kente print to monotone red, blue and more..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t tie a headwrap? This Quick & Easy satin lined headwrap tutorial will change your life! Look stylish and elegant with only a few easy steps to tie this headwrap.

 

 

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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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