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 : STEPHANIE SCOTT

FLY on a little WING
— Jimi Hendrix

Steph's love for headwraps warranted a visit with us where she could devour our entire collection in the privacy of our pop up store. After selecting her first headwrap, Steph was hooked and soon returned for a second taster teaser.

Instead of wearing the traditional hat to the annual race day celebrations here in Brisbane, Steph opted for her headwrap much to the delight of race day visitors. Steph not only wore her crown with pride, but she captured the eye of many admirers.

When Steph was given the mood board for our latest collection, she rummaged through her wardrobe and teamed HEADWRAP ZIG with this smart, casual outfit. The transparent bodysuit was the ideal touch to complete this look.

When Steph was given the mood board for our latest collection, she rummaged through her wardrobe and teamed HEADWRAP ZIG with this smart, casual outfit. The transparent bodysuit was the ideal touch to complete this look.

This year, we decided to approach our photoshoots very differently and also wanted to showcase a bigger section of our multicultural society. We resorted to social media to spread the word that we were seeking a new batch of brand ambassadors.

Needless to say we were inundated with applicants and after a splendid meeting with Steph, we decided that she was the right fit for our brand. 

HEADWRAP LAEEKAH was teamed with a white ruffled off-the-shoulder top to emphasise the bright, bold colours in this design. Orange tassel statement earrings complete this look. 

HEADWRAP LAEEKAH was teamed with a white ruffled off-the-shoulder top to emphasise the bright, bold colours in this design. Orange tassel statement earrings complete this look. 

Steph's spontaneous laughter and endearing personality is irresistible. Our photoshoot sessions turned out to be lively, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable as this diva stepped up to the mark as our new brand ambassador.

As is the norm, we sent Steph some questions to get to know her a bit better. Her musings were recorded as follows.

DH : Tell us three things about yourself.

Steph : Whanau (Family) – I come from a big extended family and I love it. My whanau will always be the most important aspect of my life. Travel – I am a true Sagittarian, I love travelling and have never stopped since my parents sent me on my first adventure at 21. Samba no Pe – This Brazilian dance gave me a new passion, taught me to love myself more and gave me balance in my life.

DH : What do you do in your spare time.

Steph : Whether it is dancing samba or kizomba, spending time with my family or catching up with friends. My spare time is always spent filling my soul up with good vibes.

DH: Stand-out moment in your life ....

Steph : There are many moments which have stood out, however I am proud that I chose to run my own race. I lived in London in my early twenties, travelled the world, kick started this year by participating at the world renowned Rio Carnival and have recently got engaged to the love of my life. Who knows where the rest of the year will take me.

Aviator sunglasses and a TOPKNOT styling technique was the ideal match for HEADWRAP RETRO, stylish but yet able to compliment any casual look.

Aviator sunglasses and a TOPKNOT styling technique was the ideal match for HEADWRAP RETRO, stylish but yet able to compliment any casual look.

DH : Do you have a favourite fashion designer or fashion icon? Why? How would you describe your taste in fashion.

Steph : I don’t have a particular fashion icon or designer, however I really dig a lot of my friends' styles, in particular my friend Phoebe who has a keen eye for fashion. She can turn a holey t-shirt into a statement piece and she knows how to dress her curvy body shape to make any plain black & white outfit look like a runway piece. My fashion sense is a mix of casual cool to playful, sexy, curvy going out wear. I love white and denim or super poppy brights – really depends on my mood.

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

Steph : Not quite Brisbane, but my favourite place to chillax is Byron Bay. I love all the chill vibes here, the cool live music scene and just the awesome vibe. If in Brisbane, you can find me having brunch in the Brisbane café scene or bursting my creativity bubble at GOMA or at The Powerhouse.

Steph looks stunning in HEADWRAP FREEMA and as you can tell by her huge grin, she thoroughly enjoyed rocking our crown.

Steph looks stunning in HEADWRAP FREEMA and as you can tell by her huge grin, she thoroughly enjoyed rocking our crown.

DH : Who do you admire the most?

Steph : I admire all the women in my life. I come from a very strong female family (My mum, sister, aunties, cousins. etc.) and all the women in my life are super creative, strong, passionate and all round just amazing. These women, each and every one of them influences my life in their own way.

DH : What advice would you give your younger self.

Steph : I am grateful for all my life experiences. I have lived a full and blessed life to date, however if I could give my younger self any words of wisdom it would be. Love yourself more, appreciate the good and the bad, and take more chances!

DH : Complete the sentence "When I wear my headwrap ...

Steph : I think of all the women before me who have worn their headwrap. I think of the traditions, patterns, colours and history in each style. I feel powerful, strong and proud. I stand with my shoulders back, head up and confident. My headwrap can transform not only my style but my inner self. Above all, I feel like a Queen.