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The Face of Melanin Wonder 2020 competition – The Next Generation

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On the 1st of March, the 9 finalists of ‘The Face of Melanin Wonder 2020’ had their official photoshoot on the Damsquare in Amsterdam.

In groups of 3, the finalists put their best pose forward. The final pictures are being used for the second online voting competition. The points of these votes will be added to the final points of 18 March 2020 #GrandFinale.

Gavin Dalusung, Shanice Djemesi , Destin Makiesse.
Photo by: Salman Lartey
Sponso: Vintage Island
MUA: Tania Isaac & Muni Creations

Tyra Cesar, Joann Meerzorg, Christianity Hasselbaink
Photo by: Salman Lartey
Sponsor: SoPR
Mua: Brendolien AV & Muni Creations

Bryan Okello, Chantal Bakker, Winanda Pinas
Photo by: Salman Lartey
Sponsor: SoPR
MUA: Brendolien AV

The Grand Finale of the Face of Melanin Wonder shall be held in Amsterdam at the EFE Venue.

If you want to be part of the big happening and want to support your favorite, then don’t hesisate to buy your tickets online, before they’re sold out.

Be there or be squared! #FaceOfMelaninWonder2020

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Finalists ‘Face of Melanin Wonder 2020’

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Last weekend, on the 8th of February 2020, Melanin Wonder held its casting at the EFE venue in Amsterdam. After a lot of online entries, they shortlisted 30 models to come at the casting.


Out of these 30 candidates, the’ve chosen the top 13. These are the contestants that are in the running to become ‘The Face of Melanin Wonder 2020 – the next generation’:

Winanda Pinas, Gavin Dalsung, Nyawal ter Jour, Shanice Djemesi, Tesley Hooi, Christel Rodriguez, Chantal Bakker, Bryan Okello, Jeffery Loewenicht, Joann Meerzorg, Destin Makiesse and Christianity Fonseca.

Keep an eye on our socials and website, voting round starts anytime soon.

#FaceOfMelaninWonder2020 #NextGeneration #Amsterdam #Netherlands

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Afro-Dutch Beauty first to represent The Netherlands in the Miss Eco Netherlands 2020

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Miss Eco Netherlands 2020 captured by Mantiz Photography

Stephanie Omogun is the new Miss Avantgarde 2019 and will be a finalist at the Miss Eco International 2020 competition in Egypt.

Mantiz Photography

Miss Eco International is an International Beauty competition that brings together representatives of different cultures and traditions from all over the world. Its main objective is to promote the importance of saving our planet environmentally in addition to marketing tourism across the world.
This competition focuses on the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit of all the candidates that represent all the countries from all over the world.


MISS ECO INT’L SUPPORTS THE UN SDGS 2030 AGENDA FOR A BETTER WORLD.

Stephanie Omogun receiving her Finalist sash

 

 

Our very own Melanin Wonder founder Stephanie Omogun has been awarded the title of Miss Avantgarde 2019!!!

Stephanie winning the Miss Avantgarde 2019 Title as a black woman – Duane van der Geld as photographer

The Miss Avantgarde is more than just a Beauty Contest for the Netherlands. According to the pageant details the contest focuses on art, creativity, promotes awareness in fields of the environment and sustainability. The awarded recipients are also given the opportunity to advance their career in the areas of modelling, photography and the fashion world.

Some of the categories are extremely unique to the competition. In the Fashion Category, the contestant works with a fashion designer who makes an outfit from recyclable materials.

Photo: Duane van der Geld

Stephanie is the second Melanin Beauty to win the competition. The First Melanin Beauty was Mariana Pietersz in 2016.

Stephanie’s modeling and previous pageant history has prepared her for this moment. She will be the first Afro-Dutch woman to represent the Netherlands in the Miss Eco International competition next year.

She was recently a pageant contender in the Miss World NL in 2018 as well.

Melanin Wonder is extremely proud of this accomplishment by Stephanie.

We are honoured to say that she was awarded the title of Miss Avantgarde 2019! She will directly continue to represent the Netherlands in Egypt and meet Miss Eco Finalists from all over the world!

Congratulations Stephanie Omogun! Hard work pays off!!

Go follow her Facebook Page Stephlike to keep tabs on what she is up to next!



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Eric Jones builds his empire, from Fayetteville, AR to LA – The American dream

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We reunited with Eric Jones, CEO and lead designer at LFLS shoes. He started his business in 2016, after graduating and mourning his late mom and dad. He pulled through and continued building his empire, making his late parents proud, building his life with the goals he in-visioned.

His mother in particular was a big part of designing LSLS shoes. She helped him create the first designs of LFLS’s 1st collection while he was finishing up college. Unfortunately, she was not there to experience the launch of his collection or witness his graduation. She passed away a few weeks before he graduated. Eric’s first collection was very important to him, as he was holding a piece of his mom in his creations.

 

 

We asked Eric how life changed since the first year into entrepreneurship.

”My life has changed tremendously, it is literally like comparing night and day!” 

” My slow success has allowed me to build so much character and it has molded me into an individual that has the influence, courage, resilience and story to inspire a nation. I’ve had the chance to experience so many things that I couldn’t have imagined. I worked with people that I never thought I would be able to work with MJ Harris ,Tasha Page Lockhart, Anthony Anderson and Desi Bank just to name a few.

From left to right MJ Harris, Tasha Page Lockhart, Anthony Anderson, and Desi Bank

I achieved goals that exceed my wildest expectations. I also, recently took a huge leap of faith and relocated to Los Angeles, California a little over a week ago. Coming from Helena, AR, these are things that I could have never imagined doing in my life! ”

Eric’s life changed tremendously in just 24 months!

Exposure – he has been recognized my national and international media and has been featured on Global Grind, Because of them We Can, Melanin Wonder, Voyage LA/Dallas, and a host of other platforms! New friends, gaining MJ Harris as a friend and mentor.

Building his CV, booking multiple speaking engagements and also speaking on panels across the country to share my story. Recognition, being recognized by my Alma Mater and moving to Los Angeles, just 2 weeks ago!

Are your shoes as dapper as you are?

It’s a guarantee because you can’t find shoes like these anywhere else. I have added my own unique touches to each shoe and they have become a high demand for special occasions like weddings, galas, proms, graduations and red carpet events. The shoes are the representation of a lifestyle that many individuals want to live. A lifestyle of modern luxury with a sprinkle of good old classic vibes.

How do you test the product quality?

I test the quality of my products by having a sample developed of a specific shoe that I have designed and want to send into production. Based on how the sample comes out will determine what changes are needed or if I will work with that particular factory or not. 

What was the main reason you chose to start making women’s shoes as well?

I decided to start making women’s shoes because so many women would ask me about shoes for them or if I made kids shoes that they could fit. I tested the market to see if women would actually purchase the pair of flats that I ended up designing. It turned out that they liked them a lot and at times purchased more than my customer base of men would.

 

So to circle back around on the question, the main reason I chose to start making them is to please the ladies hahaha. But then it also became bigger than that because I made sure the women’s flats matched the men’s loafers, which lead to our his and hers collection. My late mother Gloria also loved shoes a lot, I plan to design a women’s shoe dedicated to her in the near future.

 

What’s the next up-and-coming trend Eric?

”I’m not much of a trendy person, I tend to create them versus keep up with them!” 

If you weren’t making shoes, what would be your craft today?

Branding and social media strategy for sure, along with still inspiring people through my journey! I love everything about branding and how a business conveys its story to their potential customers, whether that be through visuals or strategy. This is one reason why I started offer branding/business development consultations. I also love styling too, so I’m sure I would also still be dabbling in that industry even if I wasn’t a shoe designer!

You recently moved to LA, how will this impact the LFLS brand?

” This move will take the brand to the next level!” 

Being in this environment around celebrities, stylist, red carpet events, influencers and a host of other entrepreneurs/creatives is all I could ask for plus more! You never know who you will meet here in LA, so many doors will be opened for myself and the brand that could have never been opened back in Arkansas. I’m thrilled to be here and just honored to be able to have the faith, courage and resilience to take such a huge leap of faith and sacrifice for my future.

 













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P.S. Eric is doing a give-away in collaboration with Melanin Wonder.
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Winner will be announced in the third week of september.
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