Published 4 years ago on 10/04/2018 By Melanin Wonder Shareley representng Curacao in Taiwan. Jonas Yu Photography You are the winner of the Nubian Model Queen contest 2016 – 2017. What inspired you to go for auditions? I always had the dream to participate in a beauty contest or international contest. I love modelling so I did it for self – improvement, also to inspire young girls to believe in themselves and to go after their dreams. I had a friend who knew I loved modelling and she asked me if I would like to participate. So I was like… ‘This is my chance. Let’s do this’. The next day I did a little photo-shoot for my audition photos and I did the registration. Have u ever modelled or been in other competitions before Nubian? How was that? No, this was my very first competition, but I did a lot of catwalkshows in the past and I also work at a model agency. Did you receive much media attention after winning the competition? Yes, I received invitations to tv- and radioshows and different photographers. During my journey to represent Curacao in Taiwan I received much attention from newspapers in Curacao. Shareley Fraaij by LongJoy Photography “Titleholder or not, you don’t have to be who other’s want you to be. To someone, I am their role model, that means that I need to be myself in order to inspire them to be themselves too”- Shareley What have you accomplished after winning this contest? I proved myself that I can achieve anything if I work hard and believe in my abilities. I gained more self-confidence and that encouraged me to do more. So I got the chance to represent Curacao in an international competition named ‘Global Charity Queen’ in Taiwan. This was a really awesome experience, I got the chance to meet amazing people all around the world. And also make them curious about Curacao. I didn’t win the competition but I won Miss Sunshine and I was in the top 12. Miss Sunshine is for me a beautiful tittle, because I’m somebody who loves to make others happy by spreading seeds of happiness everywhere I go. I always manage to stay positive and keep a smile on my face no matter what. I always say “rise and shine even on the darkest days”! What did you learn during the ‘Nubian Model Queen’ contest? This pageant helped me to learn how to express my self, step out of my comfort zone and speak my mind. Before I was really shy and insecure to talk on stage in front of a lot of people, now I feel more confident to do so. Sometimes our mind and thoughts are our own cage. In order to be successful we need people to help us step out of that cage. Shareley Fraaij by LongJoy Photography What are your aspirations in life? My aspiration in life is to be a giver of love, strength and good energy. Right now I’m working on my thesis to get my degree Bachelor of Arts. My dream is to start my own business as wedding- & eventplanner. I’m working hard to achieve this, hopefully by the end of this year I will start planning my first weddings & events. Follow my facebookpage Shareley’s Vibrant weddings & Events for more. What do you advice girl that want to compete in pageants? I really encourage them to do so, not to feel beautiful but to gain experience and be more confident. There are things you learn in pageants that you will apply to your daily life. For example, discipline, how to speak correctly, self- confidence and how to adapt to any situation. Who is your greatest example? My greatest example is my mom, she raised me to be the woman I am today. She works hard and always managed to give me the support I need to reach my goals. Growing up she was very strict but looking back now I am glad she was because it turned me into the women I am today. She encourages me to be the best version of myself. What does it mean to be a Nubian girl in this day and age for you? It’s the perfect moment to be a Nubian girl and embrace the culture. After winning Nubian Model Queen I made the decision to go all natural with my hair. I think this was the best decision I ever made. After doing the big chop I gained more and more confidence in my self image and character. I think its really beautiful to see that more and more black girls are starting to embrace their beauty and natural hair. We are all unique and beautiful as we are, that is something we should be proud of. Shareley Fraaij by LongJoy Photography Want to follow Saherley’s footsteps? Sign up for Nubian Model Queen contest here: http://axma.nl/ Keep up with Shareley on instagram :@sharynavy Tweet Shareley Fraaij Shareley Fraaij by LongJoy Photography Shareley Fraaij by LongJoy Photography Shareley Fraaij by LongJoy Photography Shareley Fraaij by LongJoy Photography Shareley Fraaij Nubian Model Queen winner 2017 Related Topics:afroamsterdamBeautyblackbloggerfeaturedinstagramMelaninmelanin wondermodelnetherlandspageantrotterdam Up Next Römaina Tiendrebeogo believes that: “Representation Matters.” Don't Miss Vivian Eyo-Ephraim, the British Nigerian Asos model Twitter fell in love with Melanin Wonder Advertisement You may like RiRi honoured for her ‘extraordinary commitment’ to Caribbean island as it makes a historic political transition. Tipping out of the pandemic outbreak wealthier than before COVID These Amsterdam Based Spaces are the Place to Be! LOLA BAE Collective Valentine Rontez shares knowledge Roos Lizardo knows what to get for your MUM! Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Fashion Easy Headwraps by AfricanFabs is the game-changer for Natural Hair Published 3 weeks ago on 17/11/2021 By Melanin Wonder 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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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. 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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 email@example.com [ To the attention of :Robin and Stefan ] always mentioning Miss Supra NL 2020. Tweet Continue Reading JOIN THE TEAM!Reach Thousands of PeopleLike The Page! Tweet Us Now!Tweets by Melanin_Wonder Trending Entrepreneurship1 month ago Aaron West, extremely passionate about inspiring change in others Fashion3 weeks ago Easy Headwraps by AfricanFabs is the game-changer for Natural Hair Culture1 week ago RiRi honoured for her ‘extraordinary commitment’ to Caribbean island as it makes a historic political transition.