Brand Ambassador : AGNES ZENA

I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.
— Jimi Hendrix

Always on the lookout to showcase a bigger section of our multicultural society, we resorted to social media to spread the word that we were seeking brand ambassadors.

Needless to say we were inundated with applicants one of whom was Agnes. After a few false starts we finally got to meet. At our initial meeting, we did most of the talking while Agnes listened attentively. Her serious demeanour had us wondering if she would be the right fit. But then Agnes smiled. And we were smitten. 

 Agnes wears MARINE SPLASH (sold out) from our tiedye headwrap collection teamed with her handmade raffia earrings. Like our headwrap, the earrings have been dyed using environmentally friendly natural dyes. 

Agnes wears MARINE SPLASH (sold out) from our tiedye headwrap collection teamed with her handmade raffia earrings. Like our headwrap, the earrings have been dyed using environmentally friendly natural dyes. 

For our very first photoshoot, Agnes came on board as a solo brand ambassador. We were excited to see how she would 'show off her crown' in front of the lens. Any concerns were unfounded. Agnes, was a natural!

 Braids are great when styling headwraps. The thinner ones particularly as they contribute to the overall styling technique. Agnes wears our tiedye headwrap MINT SPLASH (sold out) teamed with handmade raffia earrings from Yanbalala Arts.

Braids are great when styling headwraps. The thinner ones particularly as they contribute to the overall styling technique. Agnes wears our tiedye headwrap MINT SPLASH (sold out) teamed with handmade raffia earrings from Yanbalala Arts.

We had just tiedyed a brand new batch of headwraps. When we discovered that Agnes was the owner/founder of Yanbalala Arts, we immediately approached her about a collaboration - her raffia earrings teamed with our headwraps turned out to be the ideal combination!

Agnes is not only a savvy femalepreneur but her weaving skills and creativity is next level. She dyes all her materials using only natural dyes before weaving these into an extraordinary collection of colourful, bold statement raffia earrings and accessories.

 We teamed our ankara headwrap  LERATO  with a pair of raffia earrings from Yanbalala Arts. 

We teamed our ankara headwrap LERATO with a pair of raffia earrings from Yanbalala Arts. 

Our latest collection of ankara headwraps had just been completed and we were super excited to work with Agnes again. We managed to set up another photoshoot just in time before she decided to get her new set of braids done. Her naturally curly hair was great to style and added so much more pizzazz to the photoshoot.

So how does Agnes feel when she wears her headwrap? Flashing an attractive smile Agnes says "I feel like ROYALTY." Indeed she is. We welcome Agnes to our tribe of Queens.

 To capture the essence of royalty, we styled our ankara headwrap  BEHATI  in a high turban. Agnes teamed BEHATI with a strapless pants suit, creating a chic and elegant look.

To capture the essence of royalty, we styled our ankara headwrap BEHATI in a high turban. Agnes teamed BEHATI with a strapless pants suit, creating a chic and elegant look.

So what's this diva all about? Agnes unabashedly shares some insights about herself ...

I'm an Indigenous small business owner, possibly an alien and an empowered BLACK woman. I'm my own style icon. I try to juxtapose contemporary looks with cultural influences thereby creating my very own flavour.  However, I do admire Erykah Badu for her crazy, cool and fearless fashion sense. Women and femmes of colour that I choose to surround myself with, inspire me. They are the ones that bring LIFE to this world. Being a femalepreneur and earning my way through life doesn't leave me much time to rest so in my spare time, you can find me catching up on my (beauty) sleep. Or creating art anywhere I choose. The standout moment in my life was watching my niece being born. Giving birth is the scariest and most beautiful thing to witness. I'd tell my younger self that "We go through different cycles in our lives. Acknowledge that and stay strong, one day you'll grow up to be a badass Queen."

You can find me in Meanjin, on planet Earth or at Yanbalala Art.

NOTE : Meanjin (pronounced Mee-AN-jin) is the aboriginal word in the Turrbal language for Brisbane. It means 'spike,' and was the name for the finger of land on which central Brisbane sits.

 

Brand Ambassador : STEPHANIE SCOTT

FLY on a little WING
— Jimi Hendrix

Steph's love for headwraps warranted a visit with us where she could devour our entire collection in the privacy of our pop up store. After selecting her first headwrap, Steph was hooked and soon returned for a second taster teaser.

Instead of wearing the traditional hat to the annual race day celebrations here in Brisbane, Steph opted for her headwrap much to the delight of race day visitors. Steph not only wore her crown with pride, but she captured the eye of many admirers.

 When Steph was given the mood board for our latest collection, she rummaged through her wardrobe and teamed HEADWRAP ZIG with this smart, casual outfit. The transparent bodysuit was the ideal touch to complete this look.

When Steph was given the mood board for our latest collection, she rummaged through her wardrobe and teamed HEADWRAP ZIG with this smart, casual outfit. The transparent bodysuit was the ideal touch to complete this look.

This year, we decided to approach our photoshoots very differently and also wanted to showcase a bigger section of our multicultural society. We resorted to social media to spread the word that we were seeking a new batch of brand ambassadors.

Needless to say we were inundated with applicants and after a splendid meeting with Steph, we decided that she was the right fit for our brand. 

 HEADWRAP LAEEKAH was teamed with a white ruffled off-the-shoulder top to emphasise the bright, bold colours in this design. Orange tassel statement earrings complete this look. 

HEADWRAP LAEEKAH was teamed with a white ruffled off-the-shoulder top to emphasise the bright, bold colours in this design. Orange tassel statement earrings complete this look. 

Steph's spontaneous laughter and endearing personality is irresistible. Our photoshoot sessions turned out to be lively, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable as this diva stepped up to the mark as our new brand ambassador.

As is the norm, we sent Steph some questions to get to know her a bit better. Her musings were recorded as follows.

DH : Tell us three things about yourself.

Steph : Whanau (Family) – I come from a big extended family and I love it. My whanau will always be the most important aspect of my life. Travel – I am a true Sagittarian, I love travelling and have never stopped since my parents sent me on my first adventure at 21. Samba no Pe – This Brazilian dance gave me a new passion, taught me to love myself more and gave me balance in my life.

DH : What do you do in your spare time.

Steph : Whether it is dancing samba or kizomba, spending time with my family or catching up with friends. My spare time is always spent filling my soul up with good vibes.

DH: Stand-out moment in your life ....

Steph : There are many moments which have stood out, however I am proud that I chose to run my own race. I lived in London in my early twenties, travelled the world, kick started this year by participating at the world renowned Rio Carnival and have recently got engaged to the love of my life. Who knows where the rest of the year will take me.

 Aviator sunglasses and a TOPKNOT styling technique was the ideal match for HEADWRAP RETRO, stylish but yet able to compliment any casual look.

Aviator sunglasses and a TOPKNOT styling technique was the ideal match for HEADWRAP RETRO, stylish but yet able to compliment any casual look.

DH : Do you have a favourite fashion designer or fashion icon? Why? How would you describe your taste in fashion.

Steph : I don’t have a particular fashion icon or designer, however I really dig a lot of my friends' styles, in particular my friend Phoebe who has a keen eye for fashion. She can turn a holey t-shirt into a statement piece and she knows how to dress her curvy body shape to make any plain black & white outfit look like a runway piece. My fashion sense is a mix of casual cool to playful, sexy, curvy going out wear. I love white and denim or super poppy brights – really depends on my mood.

DH : What’s your favourite place to chillax in Brisbane? Why?

Steph : Not quite Brisbane, but my favourite place to chillax is Byron Bay. I love all the chill vibes here, the cool live music scene and just the awesome vibe. If in Brisbane, you can find me having brunch in the Brisbane café scene or bursting my creativity bubble at GOMA or at The Powerhouse.

 Steph looks stunning in HEADWRAP FREEMA and as you can tell by her huge grin, she thoroughly enjoyed rocking our crown.

Steph looks stunning in HEADWRAP FREEMA and as you can tell by her huge grin, she thoroughly enjoyed rocking our crown.

DH : Who do you admire the most?

Steph : I admire all the women in my life. I come from a very strong female family (My mum, sister, aunties, cousins. etc.) and all the women in my life are super creative, strong, passionate and all round just amazing. These women, each and every one of them influences my life in their own way.

DH : What advice would you give your younger self.

Steph : I am grateful for all my life experiences. I have lived a full and blessed life to date, however if I could give my younger self any words of wisdom it would be. Love yourself more, appreciate the good and the bad, and take more chances!

DH : Complete the sentence "When I wear my headwrap ...

Steph : I think of all the women before me who have worn their headwrap. I think of the traditions, patterns, colours and history in each style. I feel powerful, strong and proud. I stand with my shoulders back, head up and confident. My headwrap can transform not only my style but my inner self. Above all, I feel like a Queen.

Brand Ambassador : MELISSA G

Do to others as you would have them do to you.
— Luke 6:31

We first met Melissa - she prefers Mel or Melli - when she attended one of our headwrap workshops. Her spontaneity, genuine warmth and contagious laugh was an instant hit with attendees. Mel's keen eye for styling a headwrap caught our attention throughout our workshop. At the end of our workshop, it came then as no surprise when Mel was chosen as the overall winner for best headwrap, makeup and accessory styling!

 Mel teamed our  headwrap POP  with a lace off-the-shoulder matching skirt and top. Black heels, earrings from our favourite jewellery store Lovisa and a raffia fan complete this chic look. 

Mel teamed our headwrap POP with a lace off-the-shoulder matching skirt and top. Black heels, earrings from our favourite jewellery store Lovisa and a raffia fan complete this chic look. 

Mel is an extremely busy professional who moved to Brisbane due to a career advancement. So initially we hesitated to invite her to join our team due to her busy work schedule. However, this year, we decided to approach our photoshoots a little differently. Our aim was to create a more efficient session concentrating more on the headwrap than the complete outfit. So we explained this to Mel in an email and at the same time we extended our offer of being one of our brand ambassadors. Mel's response came back with a resounding YES PLEASE!

  Headwrap ISHA  ... Mel was the ideal brand ambassador to rock this crown infused with our favourite colours, red, black and gold. Tassel earrings and ring from Lovisa Jewellery compliment this sophisticated look. Black lipstick from the Nyx Cosmic Metals lip cream range was the ideal choice to complete this styling.

Headwrap ISHA ... Mel was the ideal brand ambassador to rock this crown infused with our favourite colours, red, black and gold. Tassel earrings and ring from Lovisa Jewellery compliment this sophisticated look. Black lipstick from the Nyx Cosmic Metals lip cream range was the ideal choice to complete this styling.

Despite Mel's hectic work schedule, she still finds time to do the fun stuff. Let Mel give you some insights about where she's at in life. 

Let's start with ... 

Tell us three things about yourselfI'm a proud woman of colour. I love my culture. I'm constantly pushing the boundaries so that I can grow and evolve in all facets of my life.

What advice would you give your younger self : To both my younger self and currently evolving self, I'd say "Do something every day that is solely for me, myself and I. Always make time for me so that the tank never runs dry."

 A popular headwrap style is the TOPKNOT. Our  headwrap SPECTRO  was the ideal choice for this style which Mel of course owned. Our moodboard called for retro sunglasses, colourful earrings and Nyx cream lipstick in a bold red for this themed photoshoot.

A popular headwrap style is the TOPKNOT. Our headwrap SPECTRO was the ideal choice for this style which Mel of course owned. Our moodboard called for retro sunglasses, colourful earrings and Nyx cream lipstick in a bold red for this themed photoshoot.

Do you have a favourite fashion iconQueen Latifah. As a young girl, it was very uncommon to see curvy women in positions of influence. Queen Latifah has revolutionised this look. Over time, she has evolved and her ability to look stunning in her own skin has always captured my attention.

What are the standout moments in your life : Hmmm, it's hard to choose from so many. I'm going to have to say the very first time I arrived in my homeland Samoa. It was so very special. I immediately felt my whole being was where it was supposed to be. Connected and re-centred, ready to tackle anything the universe threw my way.

 This is  headwrap JABULANI  ... bold, colourful, infused with shades of blue and a hint of yellow. Yellow coral tassel earrings and nude Nyx lip cream was all Mel needed to make this design pop.

This is headwrap JABULANI ... bold, colourful, infused with shades of blue and a hint of yellow. Yellow coral tassel earrings and nude Nyx lip cream was all Mel needed to make this design pop.

Where's your favourite place to chill in Brisbane : Any place where there is green grass, shady trees and a view of the water. I really enjoy connecting with Mother Nature, and the water always gives me a sense of peace.

What do you do in your spare time : You'll find me enjoying great food, going on a new adventure, discovering another part of our beautiful country, or learning a new skill.

When you wear your headwrap ... I feel like a boss. I feel confident. I feel sassy. I feel empowered to rock my crown audaciously!

Sadly, Mel will be relocating back to Sydney soon. We will miss her but wish her success and fulfilment in her career and life in general. It's been a real pleasure having her on board.

 

NOTE : Headwrap, wardrobe styling, mood board, creative director, photography is the work of our owner/founder Charmaine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brand Ambassador : YENENESH NIGUSSE

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
— Marianne Williamson

Yenenesh or YENI for short, is a dear friend of my daughter. They've shared many a wonderful memory together both socially and as dancers, here in Australia as well as on the international scene. After a stint overseas, Yeni is once again based in Brisbane. Once I heard that Yeni was back, I wasted no time in asking her to join our brand ambassador team. I was thrilled when she agreed because Yeni needs more than 24 hours in a day to achieve her daily goals! 

 Yeni looks stunning in our limited edition African bazin headwrap design. We've named her TURQUOISE and teamed her with earrings from Melbourne based jewellery designer Ovazania.

Yeni looks stunning in our limited edition African bazin headwrap design. We've named her TURQUOISE and teamed her with earrings from Melbourne based jewellery designer Ovazania.

Yeni has a wicked sense of humour, a big heart and brings so much enthusiasm to our photoshoots. An accomplished dancer, Yeni oozes charisma and boldly flaunts her very own fashion style influenced by her ethnic roots.

 An image from our SS17 collection photoshoot - Yeni's outfit, shoes, handbag and accessories are from her personal wardrobe.

An image from our SS17 collection photoshoot - Yeni's outfit, shoes, handbag and accessories are from her personal wardrobe.

So. What is this diva all about? Here's an insight into what makes Yeni, Yeni.

DH : Tell us three things about yourself.

YN : I LOVE to dance. I have a crazy sense of humour. I HATE injustice.

DH : Do you have a favourite fashion designer or fashion icon? Why?

YN : I don’t strictly have a favourite designer or icon. My main influence in fashion comes from traditional African fabrics and designs teamed with a contemporary twist. I also admire our local street, urban and high end fashion designers particularly the diversity they have to offer.

DH : How would you describe your taste in fashion.

YN : It’s a continual experiment! My favourites are the basic colours ... charcoal, grey, black, white ... combined with a splash of colour and teamed with eye-catching accessories.

 The lace skirt and top is from H&M. The headwrap is from our SS17 collection. These also happen to be Yeni's favourite colours.

The lace skirt and top is from H&M. The headwrap is from our SS17 collection. These also happen to be Yeni's favourite colours.

DH : Who do you admire the most?

YN : My aunty. 

DH : What advice would you give your younger self.

YN : Don’t listen to naysayers, particularly those who have implied that you would never be good enough. You are beautiful, intelligent and can achieve whatever you want in life. Only YOU have the power to limit yourself. Strive to be the best you can be and don't heed the negative influencers.

DH: Stand-out moment in your life ....

YN : Going back to Ethiopia for the first time ever. Locating my Ethiopian family and reconnecting with my ethnic roots - an amazing moment and an unforgettable experience. I cherish these memories every day and I'm forever grateful for the significant opportunity. 

 Yeni commissioned our owner/founder Charmaine as stylist, creative director and photographer for this photoshoot.  Traditional costume, accessories and ankara fabric background sourced from Yeni's personal wardrobe. 

Yeni commissioned our owner/founder Charmaine as stylist, creative director and photographer for this photoshoot.  Traditional costume, accessories and ankara fabric background sourced from Yeni's personal wardrobe. 

DH : What do you do in your spare time.

YN : I work on my creative ideas, always keen to try something new or spend quality time with my nieces and nephews.

DH : What’s your favourite place to chillax in Brisbane? Why?

YN : Orleigh Park in West End. It’s quiet, right beside the Brisbane River, and has an abundance of trees. I love nature and finding a peaceful spot to think and reflect.

DH : Complete the sentence "When I wear my headwrap, I feel …

YN : Empowered as a woman to be bold and confident within myself. I feel regal, like a queen. I feel even more connected to my heritage.

You can find Yeni on the following social media platforms - FB: Yenenesh Nigusse; IG: @yenenesh.nigusse.

 

Diva Headwraps would like to thank Janna Imperial for some of the images and Yeni for coming on board as our brand ambassador for 2018. Headwrap styling, wardrobe selections and creative direction by Charmaine, our owner/founder.

 

 

Brand Ambassador : DANIELA GYULAI

Falling down is an ACCIDENT. Staying down is a CHOICE.
— Rosemary Nonny Knight

Once Diva Headwraps was officially launched in 2014, Daniela was on our list to be invited as our brand ambassador. Her vivacious personality, zany sense of humour and savvy taste for fashion is a real bonus to our team.

Since our launch, we’ve worked together on many memorable photoshoots. We are very pleased that this year, Daniela has agreed to come on board yet again as our brand ambassador. 

 THE STATEMENT COLLECTION : Daniela G wears our  songket  headwrap  SILVER  which she's teamed with a formal pale blue gown. Her choice favourably accentuates the pattern in headwrap SILVER.

THE STATEMENT COLLECTION : Daniela G wears our songket headwrap SILVER which she's teamed with a formal pale blue gown. Her choice favourably accentuates the pattern in headwrap SILVER.

Working with Daniela is a sheer joy as she always comes prepared with her own make-up, an additional selection of sensational clothes from her fashionable wardrobe including an array of heels to die for! 

 THE SS16 COLLECTION : Daniela wears our ankara headwrap  VIVICA . She chose a denim top and white skirt from her personal wardrobe to compliment our colourful design. Temporary tattoos and silver hoops complete this chic look.

THE SS16 COLLECTION : Daniela wears our ankara headwrap VIVICA. She chose a denim top and white skirt from her personal wardrobe to compliment our colourful design. Temporary tattoos and silver hoops complete this chic look.

Getting to know our brand ambassadors is very special to us as they define our brand and vision. So here's some tidbits about Daniela we’d like to share with our audience.

DH: How would you describe your taste in fashion. Do you have a favourite fashion designer or fashion icon? Why?

DG : Edgy, eclectic and elegant. Although I don't have a particular designer or icon, I am very particular with what I wear and believe you can find great fashion on a Budget. My favourite shops/labels here in Brisbane are Don't Tell West End, Apero and Bardot! You will find me wearing these labels on a regular basis.

 THE SS16 COLLECTION : A bright yellow dress and striking blue tassel earrings from Daniela's personal wardrobe highlights the rich design in headwrap  JENNIFER .

THE SS16 COLLECTION : A bright yellow dress and striking blue tassel earrings from Daniela's personal wardrobe highlights the rich design in headwrap JENNIFER.

DH: Stand-out moment in your life ....

DG : I have a few! When I achieved my deadlift and squat pbs (100kg), My first trip to Brazil, My UQ graduation, when I received my certificate 4 in fitness (personal trainer).

DH : Tell us three things about yourself.

DG :  I am a Personal Trainer, dancer and Zumba instructor. I can speak Japanese. I have danced in the Carnaval parade in Brazil ... TWICE!

 PHOTOSHOOT by DIVA HEADWRAPS : Daniela requested that our owner/founder Charmaine collaborate with her on this professional photoshoot. The images will be used to promote Daniela's general love for samba.

PHOTOSHOOT by DIVA HEADWRAPS : Daniela requested that our owner/founder Charmaine collaborate with her on this professional photoshoot. The images will be used to promote Daniela's general love for samba.

DH : What advice would you give your younger self.

DG : This is a tough one because I am grateful for the mistakes I made when I was younger as I have learnt from them and no advice would have made me change because I have always acted in the moment. 

DH : What do you do in your spare time.

DG : Attend dance workshops, salsa nights at Cloudland, movies & food dates with my gal pals, and try to get to the beach as much as possible. 

DH : What’s your favourite place to chillax in Brisbane? Why?

DG : Beartown Coffee House! Great coffee, menu and lovely people! 

 Daniela wears one of her Tropicana Fit t-shirts which reads in the front ...   STRONG SAMBA BODIES!

Daniela wears one of her Tropicana Fit t-shirts which reads in the front ... STRONG SAMBA BODIES!

DH : Who do you admire the most?

DG : My women friends who own their own business, have children or are generally kicking butt! 

DH : Complete the sentence "When I wear my headwrap, I feel …

DG : Like a queen! I feel instantly empowered, strong, confident and beautiful! I feel they suit everyone, you don't need to be young, a certain race, skin colour or size. I always see people smile when they see their reflection in the mirror.

 SS17COLLECTION : Daniela wears our headwrap  AMERIE  which she teamed with an off-the-shoulder black top, silver hoop earrings and a silver choker.

SS17COLLECTION : Daniela wears our headwrap AMERIE which she teamed with an off-the-shoulder black top, silver hoop earrings and a silver choker.

Diva Headwraps would like to thank Daniela for her support, energy and enthusiasm over the years. Thanks for helping us to create magic! We look forward to making even more memorable moments in the years to come.

Peace out!