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This is why you should keep an eye on Melanin Wonder NL – Finalist Afranina Cruden

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BLACK SUPERHEROES
 
As a kid at the primary school, I was labelled as “too wise”, “too adult” or they saw my assertiveness as “cheeky” and I was often punished for that. Even in other situations (even if I was in my right) or it wasn’t me they blamed ME.
 
 
 
 
So I started to act like “they” (the white society) want and became really quiet when I became older for a Lil while.  Assertiveness was now seen as “bad” and I became really insecure and lost my “voice.”
 
 
But I woke up quickly because I realized my purpose. I’m doing things from the heart. So I started to appreciate my worth. I’m not on earth to fulfil other opinions. And as I am doing things based on love, but struggled as well, I want to support my queen sisters and king brothers by sharing my experiences and how I’ve dealt with it. Even while self-development is a constant process for everyone, it’s all about sharing and caring.
 
“Shine in your true power! That’s the only power that no one can take a way, but you!”
 
 
 
 
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This is why you should keep an eye on Melanin Wonder NL – Finalist Maryan Stokhof de Jong

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I am a young woman who was born in Africa and eventually grew up in the Netherlands. I have always admired the strength of my African mother.
 

Model: Maryan Photo: Pearson Portraits

 
 
I would like to convince people to continue to believe in themselves and get the best out of their lives. Everyone is beautiful the way they are.

Model: Maryan Photo: Pearson Portraits

 
 
I hope to convey the energy right. I stand for strength, positivity, love and acceptance. I think it is important that everyone can be the way they are, whatever the colour of their skin. Love to uplift people and forget about jealousy.
 

Model: Maryan Photo: Pearson Portraits

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This is why you should keep an eye on Melanin Wonder NL – Finalist Heera Dijk

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Chase your dreams

 
 
I think no matter what colour skin or background you have, you should always chase your dreams. Color doesn’t matter, it’s about what’s inside you. When I was a little girl there was no n’t much color on tv or at my school.
 
But children don’t look at and now in 2021, there are many changes going on in the world and there is much more possible. More than ever we need role models, we still need them. So let me be that voice and face to show how it can be.
 
 
Like Marian Wright Edelman an American child advocate once said: color, they look at you as a person. The differences become more obvious when you are older. My roots are from Suriname and the Caribbean, but I was born and raised here in the Netherlands. So I’m a mix of three cultures, I’m a melted melanin.
 
 
 

” You need role models. Someone you can identify yourself with, someone who is just like you.”

 
 
Growing up as a teenager can be quite a challenge, let alone if you feel like you are living in three worlds. As a teenager, I felt different. Where did I belong? When I grew up, I didn’t realize you need role models. Someone you can identify yourself with, someone who is just like you. It helps you as a person. 

Role models

Now that I’m older I realize it is necessary to have role models, someone who can be that example for you. Looking back I now know that I certainly had my role models: Off course there were Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, wauw such strong beautiful melanin women! But more close to home (literally), were my mother and my aunt that example for me. They are truly powerful women, strong and independent! At a young age they came here in The Netherlands, without their parents, family or even a guideline to live and work in another country. They showed me that life isn’t always easy, but when you are positive and work hard, you can achieve whatever you want! My whole family exists of strong and independent women. I’m very proud to be part of that!  
 
 

Model: Heera Dijk Photo: New Monkey Photography

 
 
Nowadays, in 2021, there are many changes going on in the world and there are so much more possibilities. We need role models now more than ever! We need them at all times. So let me be that voice and face to show how it can be done. Like Marian Wright Edelman an American child advocate once said:
 
 ‘You can’t be, what you can’t see.’ 
 
 
That’s my purpose! To be an example. That is why I’ve chosen this Melanin Wonder Platform, which has such a great reach!
 
 
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This is why you should keep an eye on Melanin Wonder NL – Finalist Deleyciella Juan Pedro

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My story is from a queen.
She changes everything she touches into gold.
 
It’s not much different from ourselves if you want to accomplish something. Make it work make it gold. Everything you do or touch make it a success!
 

Model: Deleyciella Juan Pedro Photo: TgFrafma

 
No matter what people say, think, judge it’s what you feel and manifest.
She shows confidence, strength, love, and power.
Turn your insecurities into gold.
 

Model: Deleyciella Juan Pedro Photo: TgFrafma

When you say ‘Black is beautiful’ you are saying, ‘Man you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being’. – Steven Biko

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