Brand Ambassador : CHRISTINE ACHA VINCENT

Before anyone really sees you, believes in you, accepts, likes or validates you, it needs to start from within.
— Christine Acha Vincent

Nearly five years on and I still marvel at the way our brand ambassadors have unintentionally joined the Diva Headwraps team.

As we were setting up our stall with the Moorooka Saturday Markets, our first visitor casually strolled inside. Admiring our collections and lovingly caressing the many designs on offer, the young lady wanted to know the price before making her selection. Since we only accepted cash,  she promised to return later to make her purchase. The day became hectic and we forgot about the incident. About two weeks later, I received a message. The caller identified herself as the 'visitor who did not return to pick a head wrap as promised.' I arranged to meet her and at that first meeting we spoke only briefly. Two weeks later, she returned.  She was hooked and wanted to purchase another of our designs. This time we spoke for nearly an hour. I was drawn to this young lady's wise outlook on life.

Christine exuded an inner calm that far belied her age and had the most dazzling smile. Without hesitation, I invited her to be our new brand ambassador. She hesitated at first and then admitted that she would be delighted to come on board. I was overjoyed! 

Christine wears our batik mini headwrap RUSTIC teamed with a simple gold choker. We chose a bright blue eyeliner from the NYX cosmetic range to enhance Christine's eyes. A white bodysuit completed the look.

Christine wears our batik mini headwrap RUSTIC teamed with a simple gold choker. We chose a bright blue eyeliner from the NYX cosmetic range to enhance Christine's eyes. A white bodysuit completed the look.

Our first photoshoot with Christine was a solo affair. We had just received our new collection of batik headwraps. Not only would Christine's short hair be ideal for styling but we had just purchased a brand new range of NYX eyeliners and we were super keen for Christine to wear the bright blue version. As you can see from the image, Christine's radiant smile and our eyeliner turned out pretty okay.

Our latest crepe headwrap design CRIMSON. A check top from Target Australia, accessories from Lovisa Jewellery, red nails, red eyeliner from NYX cosmetics and yellow daffodils to compliment this bold look.

Our latest crepe headwrap design CRIMSON. A check top from Target Australia, accessories from Lovisa Jewellery, red nails, red eyeliner from NYX cosmetics and yellow daffodils to compliment this bold look.

Christine welcomed our blog questions. She felt that these were relevant to our brand but more importantly, she found the questions challenging and somewhat confrontational but in a good sense. It allowed her the opportunity to assess her past, make peace with her present and be bold about her future.

DH : Tell us three things about yourself.

CAV : I am an African born woman from Uganda; I work in disability and aspire to have a career in health care; my hobbies are painting and drawing.

DH: How would you describe your taste in fashion.

CAV : I like to incorporate colour into my style. My fashion style mostly incorporates vibrant African fabrics and beads.

Headwrap SAMILE is one of our newest ankara designs. Mood board - high neck lace top from Valley Girl; gold accessories from Lovisa Jewellery; orange and blue nails, orange lipstick and blue eyeliner from NYX cosmetics complimented the striking colours and patterns in headwrap SAMILE. 

Headwrap SAMILE is one of our newest ankara designs. Mood board - high neck lace top from Valley Girl; gold accessories from Lovisa Jewellery; orange and blue nails, orange lipstick and blue eyeliner from NYX cosmetics complimented the striking colours and patterns in headwrap SAMILE. 

DH : What advice would you give your younger self.

CAV : Self-love is where your power lies. When you love yourself to the fullest, you divert from drama, chaos and anything that doesn’t level up to or recognise your worth and value.

DH : Who do you admire the most?

CAV : My father is the most courageous man I know. He brought us to this country for a better life and opportunity. He always encourages us to pursue an education and have a career that allows us to live comfortably in this country.

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

CAV : I love travelling down to the Gold Coast. The beach is one of the most beautiful places on earth. That’s my place to chillax.

DH : What do you do in your spare time.

CAV : In my spare time, I like to paint, draw and read.

Headwrap SHURI, another of our new ankara designs, had Christine's name written on it! Our mood board called for an off-the-shoulder top from BooHoo; red nails; nude lipstick; gold hoops from Lovisa Jewellery and the obligatory eyeliner from NYX cosmetics in a bold red. 

Headwrap SHURI, another of our new ankara designs, had Christine's name written on it! Our mood board called for an off-the-shoulder top from BooHoo; red nails; nude lipstick; gold hoops from Lovisa Jewellery and the obligatory eyeliner from NYX cosmetics in a bold red. 

DH: Stand-out moment in your life.

CAV : Travelling back to see my family in Uganda. I had the chance to live among my relatives in the village. Everyone looked like me, spoke my language and ate the same African food I grew up eating. We were connected through our culture, values and beliefs. People in the village and towns were very friendly and welcoming. Everywhere you go, there’s a strong sense of community and belonging. There’s no place like home.

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

CAV : Confident, beautiful and feminine.

DH : Where can we find you.

CAV : Instagram: @_lalege_

Footnote : Before the photo shoot, I wasn’t sure about the choice of makeup and clothing. I decided to trust Charmaine and see how it’ll look at the end. When I started seeing the pictures, I couldn’t recognise myself. I saw a more beautiful and feminine version of me. I never thought I could look that good. It was such a pleasure working with Charmaine. She is very creative, patient, kind and considerate. She is open to receiving our opinion and comments before and during the photo shoot. Lastly, she is an absolute pleasure to work with.

 

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.