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 : 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.