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.