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!
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.
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.
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.
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.