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my thoughts

Wow this competition has been pretty exciting for me, I’m happy to be a part of it . At first I was a little nervous about the challenges; the photos, my hair, location and  stuff like that because I’m not a model, I’m not an actress, I don’t have photographers lined up who I can call for my next shoot.  Im just a girl who loves and embraces my natural hair.  

I see so many little girls that are so beautiful, vibrant, and full of life, yet their hair is permed and damaged and not in its natural state. Many of them look at women on television who have perms, and weaves, and think that this is who they are suppose to look like.  Sometimes it saddens me, because I cant go to every single black girl and tell her “your hair is beautiful the way it is, you are beautiful the way you are. The actresses on television are doing just that, acting, and you don’t have to look or be like them because you are blessed to have your own look and style. You don’t have to alter and chemically process your hair because you already have natural hair that is gorgeous,  and it was given to you by the creator,  and it will stay with your forever”  If I could do that believe me I would,  but what I can  do is be an inspiration, I can represent Americas Natural Model so that Black women and little girls can look at me, see my journey and receive the message that I cannot directly say and give to them. Thats more important to me than anything else in this competition. 

Ngozi Design Challenge

Hello Ladies,

You all have received your beautiful piece from Ngozidesign.com. If you have read what the company is about you will see a match between what they stand for and America’s Next Natural Model’s goal. For instance:

The Ngozi Design Group is a business built around transforming expectations and blending ideas; Going-natural.com created Miss NP to transform natural hair expectations as well and in the hairstyles that we present we blend enumerable ideas.

So your challenge is to make your chosen piece the connection between America’s Next Natural Model and Ngozi Design. Write about your connection and picture it in your shoot.

Please email me your 5 original photos and upload them by Sunday 11:59 PM EST.

Here is the rest of the text of About Ngozi Design Group:

The Ngozi Design Group is a business built around transforming expectations and blending ideas.

To this end we have created  Ngozi Jewelry Collections with  beautiful and colorful pieces  that one may not expect  to see but  that coordinate  with today’s trends.  

We also offer pieces that  breathe the timeless aesthetic found in the spirit of cultures around the world.  

What inspires us most though are the awesome colors, shapes and texture combinations found in nature.  

We are so truly blessed………..    

Good luck!

Challenge 2

Challenge 2 was a bit unnerving. I mean the challenge itself was great, even relaxing.  The products were amazing, and I really have to figure out where to buy them for the future.  Still the whole uploading process was so hard. I tried for over two hours to no avail. Until I had to give up and allow the contest admin to do it. There are some major bugs.

This year’s winner is

This year’s winner is

America’s Next Natural Model! Teesha Borum

Click here for An interview with Teesha

Judges Votes

Judges Dee Rhonda   Total
Christina-Dzenyuy 100   0 100
Karla Thomas   50 50 100
Safeeyah     0 0
Teesha Borum   50 50 100
Toshia Shaw-Lacy       0
         
         
Essays        
Name User ratings user comments Total  
Christina-Dzenyuy 0 12 12  
Karla Thomas 0 0 0  
Safeeyah 0 0 0  
Teesha Borum 0 15 15  
Toshia Shaw-Lacy 0 0 0  
         
Photos        
Name Photo Votes Photos comments Total ch4  
Christina-Dzenyuy 20 48 68  
Karla Thomas 0 0 0  
Safeeyah 2 0 2  
Teesha Borum 32 75 107  
Toshia Shaw-Lacy 0 0 0  
         
         
Total score        
Name judges Essays Photos Challenge 8
Christina-Dzenyuy 100 12 68 180
Karla Thomas 100 0 0 100
Safeeyah 0 0 2 2
Teesha Borum 100 15 107 222
Toshia Shaw-Lacy 0 0 0 0
         
         
Overall Score Last Total ch 8 end stand
Christina-Dzenyuy 874 180 1054  
Karla Thomas 715 100 815  
Safeeyah 383 2 385  
Teesha Borum 1893 222 2115  
Toshia Shaw-Lacy   0 0  

Last Challenge

Essays        
Name User ratings user comments Total  
Christina-Dzenyuy 0 3 3  
Karla Thomas 0 0 0  
Safeeyah 0 0 0  
Teesha Borum 0 18 18  
Toshia Shaw-Lacy 0 0 0  
         
Photos        
Name Photo Votes Photos comments Total ch4  
Christina-Dzenyuy 8 12 20  
Karla Thomas 0 0 0  
Safeeyah 2 0 2  
Teesha Borum 11 18 29  
Toshia Shaw-Lacy 0 0 0  
         
         
Total score        
Name judges Essays Photos Challenge 6
Christina-Dzenyuy 50 3 20 73
Karla Thomas 0 0 0 0
Safeeyah 0 0 2 2
Teesha Borum 0 18 29 47
Toshia Shaw-Lacy 0 0 0 0
         
         
Overall Score Last Total ch 8 end stand
Christina-Dzenyuy 1054 180 1234  
Karla Thomas 815 50 865  
Safeeyah 385 0 385  
Teesha Borum 2115 172 2287  
Toshia Shaw-Lacy   0 0  

Challenge 3

I had a photoshoot for challenge 3 yesterday (With F. Rankin) and will be shooting again today (with my boo:).  That is my favorite part!  I enjoy being creative in finding ways to sell a brand.  Being part of this competition is hopefully preparing me for bigger things in the future.  I lost my job last month and was denied unemployment, so im going through the annoyance of that.  But I’m thankful for the time I now have to pursue acting and modeling.  I look forward to the challenge e/ week b/c this is what I want to do…I’d rather be a struggling artist in hopes to no longer struggle, then working a 9-5 with no time to make dreams come true…I have my health and friends and family that love me.  The materialistic things in life dont matter if we dont fulfill our potential.

“Do what you love and love what you do.  If you dont know what that is, love the journey in finding out”  T. Borum