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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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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 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. 

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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!
 
 
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Follow Heera on Instagram: @heera.d
 
 
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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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