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 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!
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 yourself : I'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."
Do you have a favourite fashion icon : Queen 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.
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.