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This is why you should keep an eye on Melanin Wonder NL – Finalist Machearah Piqué

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WHO IS MACH?

 
Ik heet Mach. Ik  ben Surinaams. Mijn hobby’s zijn koken, en van het leven genieten. Ik ben ook een curvy model. Mijn karakter is te beschrijven als een jonge dame die positief is ingesteld. Ik heb altijd een lach op mijn gezicht, ik ben behulpzaam en een doorzetter. 
 
My name is Mach and I am from Suriname. My hobbies are cooking, and enjoying the life. Also am I a curvy model. My personality and character can be described as a young lady who has a positive mindset. I always have a smile on my face, I am very helpful and also consider my self a go-getter!
 
 
Als ik word gekozen, zal ik mij 100 procent  inzetten voor de melanin community.
 
When I get chosen as the new face, I will then 100% be all about supporting melanin and the melanated community.
 
 
Ik was vroeger heel onzeker omdat ik niet had meegekregen om van mezelf te houden. Door de jaren heen ben ik meer van de echte Mach gaan houden, door mezelf te accepteren zoals ik ben. Ik heb mezelf beloofd dat ik eindelijk wat ga doen met mijn passie. 
 
I used to be very insecure because I never got the message that I should love myself the way I am. Through out the years, I got to learn to love my self. By accepting who I am as a person. Also,  did I promise myself to finally follow my passion.
 
 
I am a melanin wonder because I contain more than you know. I am a melanin queen 
M = Motivation 
E = Elegance
L = Love
A = Amazement
N = Nurturing
I = Intelligence
N = Nationwide
Q = Quality
E = Enlightenment
E = Excellence
N = Natural
 
 
Zouden jullie op mij willen stemmen? It would mean the world to me ❤️
Het zou fantastisch zijn om de titel miss melanin wonder te mogen winnen.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Do you vote for Mach? – Stem jij op Mach?
 

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RiRi honoured for her ‘extraordinary commitment’ to Caribbean island as it makes a historic political transition.

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RiRi Rihanna honoured for her ‘extraordinary commitment’ to Caribbean island as it makes a historic political transition.

The singer was honored Monday in her native Barbados during its presidential inauguration, which served to mark the country becoming a republic. Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley told the crowd: “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions and to do credit wherever you shall go”.

Barbados formally cut ties with the British monarchy by becoming a republic almost 400 years after the first English ship arrived on the most easterly of the Caribbean islands.

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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

Follow Maryan on instagram: @Maryannnx
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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

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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!
 
 
Photo credits:
New Monkey Photography
 
Follow Heera on Instagram: @heera.d
 
 
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