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This is why you should keep an eye on Melanin Wonder NL – Finalist Ruben Constatyn Dorn

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The inspiration behind the photoshoot

 
STERLING SAINT JACQUES a Model, Singer and Dancer on the New York fashion scene during the late 1970s and 80s. Sterling was the adopted son of the late actor Raymond Saint Jacques. He stood over 6’0, had smooth skin and a great physique.
 
 
His eyes appear blue but they were actually grey in person. Runaway icon Pat Cleveland was his dance partner and a good friend. Sterling is hailed as being the first black male supermodel who walks the runway.
 

Sterling Saint Jacques

 
He paved the way for the next generation of black models like Tyson Beckford and Alton Mason.  This photoshoot was an homage to Sterling. A black man who breaks barriers and continue to
inspire people.
 
 
 
My personal story:
A THIRD GENERATION of Suriname descent, Ruben Constantyn Dorn is an upcoming model. In his day to day life, he is the manager of a cosmetic brand. In his spare time, he regularly visits the gym and musea for inspiration. Currently, Ruben Constantyn Dorn is representing three different black-owned fashion labels.
 
 
 
Something that he is very proud of.  The black community has a lot of talented and hard-working people, together we can build business and empires. 
He wants to use his platform to inspire people.
 
“In the current situation it is important to stand up for yourself and be authentic to yourself. Know your history and be proud of it. Be the change you want to see.”
 
 
 
Credits:
Photographer: Valerie Yugi (@24Yugi)
MUA: Natasha Kalika (@NatashaKalikaMUA)
 
 
My social media accounts:
– FACEBOOK @CONSTVNTYN (Ruben Constantyn Dorn) 
– INSTAGRAM @CONSTVNTYN (Ruben Constantyn Dorn)  
 
Do you vote for Ruben? – Stem jij op Ruben?
 

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This is why you should keep an eye on Melanin Wonder NL – Finalist Djennah Leonara

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Djennah’s home photoshoot image creation 2021

I think that the most beautiful people think that they are not good enough because of the societal pressure that we all live through.

I believe that every person in every shape or color has their own beauty. We have to learn to love and accept ourselves because beauty is beyond size, beauty is beyond someones perspective or opinion of you. It’s what makes you, you and that is something no one else can be. Melanin Wonder!

“It’s what makes you, you and that is something no one else can be. Melanin Wonder!”

Fierce pose by Djennah Leonara

Djennah believes that we can change our narrative by being kinder in our community. Especially when it comes to skin color but also hair. We need to be more tolerant and change the way we view people that look different than the standard.

Name
Djennah Leonora
Age
38
Height
1.70

Do you vote for Djennah? – Stem jij op Djennah?

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