The program of the Black is Beautiful Expo is here! Yes, we got the program ready and it's full of surprises that you don't want to miss. Don't take my word for it. Just check yourself.
Hair, nappy or not, has inspired more pioneers than anything else in the Diaspora to start Black businesses. Even before the famous Madam C. J. Walker became a millionaire by franchising her hot comb services, barbers already earned a decent living running their own barbershops.
If you haven't been to a Natural Hair Show yet, I recommend that you go to one this year. With the growing Natural Hair movement, there is more interest in hair shows and it seems that they are popping up in almost every city.
Kala, I understand that you are upset. It is very true that it was loud and clear on the site that voters had the last word, actually it still is. And I didn't manage to keep my word on that however I completely disagree with you that the way I handled this situation didn't show professionalism, candor or legitimacy.
The reason I couldn't go by the votes was because of the fact that the site had issues. The server was down every other day in the last two weeks of the competition. Up until then Reshonda, had the most votes. Those are the facts. Many of your voters came in the last few weeks and if the voting system was legit, just like any other competition, voting would have been closed on earlier rounds.
On your suggestion to use Survey Monkey or something I have to pass. Thanks but that would have really been unfair. To base the results of 8 weeks of work of 10 models on one survey. Sorry but that wouldn’t fly with me or any one. It just doesn’t make sense.
So I did what I know is best. I held a phone conference with the judges, listening to what they had to say, counting each of their votes then looking at each shoot, photo by photo. You may not agree with it but I am convinced this the most legit way to call a winner in a contest, it's more than professional and it's clear. If you like to know out of 9 judges you had the votes of 3 to be the winner, the rest of them choose Chassity.
What also played a big role is that you didn’t win any of the sponsors’ votes. We have them on for a reason. What I as the organizer have to look at is; is this a potential model that companies or agencies will hire. I am not saying that you will never be hired, it’s just that based on your performance during the competition as a whole, Chassity did a much better job. Iman Cosmetics was even in using her for an instructional video. So that to me shows potential and that’s what I look for during this competition.
Now I know you and your team have worked hard but so did everybody else’s team: Reshonda, Desyray and Chassity, their teams worked hard from day 1. You and your team were not the only one but like every competition there is only one winner.
So again, I apologize for the technicalities that I wasn’t able to handle but with all the imperfections of my person and the site's failure that I take full responsibility of, I stand 100% behind the outcome and the way I handled it. It was professional, candor and legit.
So good luck and again, thank you for your participation. You definitely kept it interesting and I hope that America’s Next Natural Model made you a better model.
Peace & Love
Here he is at it again. I really like that he is sharing his opinion and I like how he is doing it.
So, tell me do you agree with him? If not who would be your winner this week?
When Natural King posted me his video to introduce himself, I immediately liked him. When I asked him what he thought about America's Next Natural Model, I didn't really know what to expect but I am so happy I did because this guy is a natural talent and I may add him to the panel of judges.
Tell me, what do you think? Isn't he a Natural?
Teesha Borum, america's Next Natural ModelTeesha Borum, America's Next Natural Model of season 09/10 posted this on facebook. Since I recently read about a model who had this same issue, I asked her if I could re-post to see what you think.
You have asked many a times where I get my jewelry from. Well usually, I just buy what I like on summer fairs and where ever I see things I like but now I have great news for you.
Not only have I found a distributor who sells this necklace, he loves the concept and will be one of the sponsors of America's Next Natural Model 2012.
So, to express my joy and excitement for everything that is and even better, still to come, I decided to do a giveaway.
Yes, I am giving one of these necklaces away!
This beautiful necklace can be yours for free. You won't even have to pay for the shipping.
What do you have to do for that? Come up with an interesting, funny, deep, sentimental, you name it, challenge for Miss Nappturality 2012.
What is a challenge? A challenge is an assignment for the models of Miss Nappturality. In the past they had challenges like "Come up with an ad for Jamaica Mango Lime" and "Create a sophisticated evening hairstyle for a most special occasion". See the result of these challenges below.
Sophisticated look - Teesha Borum Miss Nappturality 2010
Miss Nappturality Models for Jamaica Mango & Lime
So, now if you want that free necklace, come up with a challenge for Miss Nappturality 2012.
As an advocate for natural hair, who takes pictures to promote natural hairstyling, I became an early fan of America’s Next Top Model. Not only is the show fun to watch, the shoots, the feedback and especially Tyra’s tips are always incredibly useful for anyone who takes photos.
Then I happened to see the Tyra show where she interviewed Alek Wek about her book, Sudan and modeling. The two also spoke about the fact that Black models were nearly gone from the catwalk. It didn’t sit right with me either that Black models were “out”.
The next day while browsing nappturality.com, the most inspiring discussion board for natural women, owned and managed by Patricia Gaines, I got the idea to start Miss Nappturality; a pageant in search of America’s Next Natural Model to promote Black models and natural hair at the same time.
It wasn’t easy but with my own limited budget, I redesigned going-natual.com, shipped out 10 boxes filled with items to be used for the challenges to the models and got the online pageant started.
The tireless hours behind my laptop paid off. I was very happy that not only is the first ever Miss Nappturaliy Tiana Tamara Townsel beautiful, smart and photogenic, she also became miss Black Washington a few months after.
Now I think you agree with me when I say that even though Tiana set a very high standard, the next winners, Teesha Borum and Ebony Clark, managed to take the pageant to an even higher level.
So now I think it's time for us to do our part and crick up the level even more. Up until now you have voted for your favorite model, now I like you to share with me what you want to see for the next pageant, what you expect of the next winner or even come up with an idea for a challenge. I am all eyes to see what you have to say.
Thanks & Cheers,