Category Archives: Feedback 2012

Mireille on Challenge 2

Mireille on Challenge 2

Black woman with afro and cornrowsWow, the ladies absolutely brought their A-Game this week and clearly raised the level of the competition. This made my day! I was in awe when I saw the shoots but it made it so hard to choose just one best one for the newsletter this week. Even after reading the feedback of the other judges, I had to ask my husband and cousin to motivate their choice before I came to a decision. Read on and share your thoughts …

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Latrenia on Challenge 4

Latrenia on Challenge 4

Latrenia BryantChassity-This is the first challenge you looked like an already established working PROFESSIONAL  model.  The makeup was done beautifully. The photographs are gorgeous. Your eyes are stunning. The hair is perfect. Not as dramatic as the Iman photo but then again the photo was only a guide for you to create your OWN version which you did.. the look is modern, fresh, clean and age appropriate.  

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Dr. Nina “BeautifulBrwnBabyDol” Ellis-Hervey on the Valentine’s Challenge

Dr. Nina “BeautifulBrwnBabyDol” Ellis-Hervey on the Valentine’s Challenge

Nina Ellis Harvey natural model

Let me first say, this week’s challenge really produced some amazing photos.  I felt that all of the models went for different looks and very different takes on making a natural bride look her very best!  I was impressed with the settings, colors, looks and ways in which you each highlighted your head-pieces.  Most of all I liked the romantic concepts and feel of the shoots.  Thanks for showing us your looks and styles!

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LeAnne on Challenge 7

LeAnne on Challenge 7

LeAnne of Naptural Roots MagazineWow ladies!  You continue to amaze me and step up your game! Excellent job on this challenge. Continue to think out the box and bring your top model game! All of you are beautiful women and easily could be the Next Natural Model (Top Model Quality)!  Now is the time to set yourself apart from the pack ladies! Bring you A+ GAME for the last challenge. Think outside the box, challenge yourself, your makeup artist, your clothing, your photographer.  This IS the next level and you guys are awesome! My top choice for this challenge was Kala! 

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Kcurly on Week 2

Kcurly on Week 2

Kala G
I loved your head wrap and accessories. In your essay, I like how you focused on hair health beneath the wrap and how you fit it into your daily fashion. I also liked your transition into how you feel wearing the wrap versus how our people suffered in the past and Dr. King’s hand in that. Simple and short, but to the point. 

Carlie M
Once again, I am loving your pictures though some did have a grainy quality.  Your wraps were elegant and I particularly liked your balancing the basket of flowers on your head, which I’m assuming is in reference to your family’s past practice of doing so. Good job but I would work on the photo quality.

Jalita
Beautiful! Your shots were gorgeous but I would’ve loved to have seen you do more with the wrap. I enjoyed reading what you loved about wearing head wraps. Concerning the Harriet Tubman portion, I understand what you were trying to say as head wraps were a much different thing during slavery. If anything, it is a testament to our fortitude that we were able to make what used to be a sign of servitude into a sign of elegance and style. 

Desyray
I was impressed with how you gave the hat two different flavors by playing around with the way your hair was arranged beneath it. Nice job! I also loved the make up, outfit and scarf. You are so right about hats setting a tone. 

ReShonda Parker
Awesome job! I am loving the head wraps, accessories, hair, and poses. They all scream casually elegant. Your message was also wonderful.  

Nefertiti
I like how you touched on a lot of issues that surround head wraps such as wearing them to work. I can tell that you really do wear them as a regular part of your routine. Your shots were engaging and regal. I do kind of wish you had shaken things up a bit with more accessories or played around with more colors. The shots were beautiful though.

Chassity Bynum
Your skin and head wrap were fabulous, but I wanted a little more variety in both the poses and also the style of the wrap.  If you were going to wear just one style with the wrap, I would’ve at least like to have seen different angles of it.  Other than that, your effort was excellent.

Justyce Chavez
I want to say that I loved how you showed both a casual and more professional combination of wearing a wrap. My favorites were the pictures with the blazer. I did like the way you had your wrap in the casual pictures but I have to wonder if you’re transitioning or have some damage? I apologize if you don’t, but for future challenges, I would spend some time working on some ways to style your hair (perhaps some perm rods on the ends might help?) so that the ends curl more. 

Natasha S. Houston
I don’t think these pictures did you justice at all. I’m not usually that picky on the photography, but even I could tell that these shots were very unflattering. Not only that, but I couldn’t properly see where/how the wrap was tied. I did enjoy your essay however. 

Jael
What happened, girl? I have to believe that there was some kind of mistake when you were putting in your entry. There are only two photos and they’re exactly the same. I also can’t see what’s going on with the head wrap. There is also no mention of MLK in your essay. 

My top picks would be Chassity, Jalita, ReShonda, and Nefertiti. 

 

Simeko – Feedback on The Valentine’s Challenge

Simeko – Feedback on The Valentine’s Challenge

Simeko Watkins-HartleyEach week is getting more and more intense.  As I look at the photos and the stories that they are telling, I am drawn in more and more. We’re getting closer to the end of this competition and it is clear that everyone of you are really working hard to win.

This week’s choice winner, for me, is Chassity – You, absolutely, drew me in and I loved it! Everything about your delivery this week exuded inspiration and love….your photos, your story, and the way you adorned your hair.  This is what this competition is all about.  If you keep this up, you will be America’s Next Natural Model!

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Latrenia Bryant on Challenge 2

Latrenia Bryant on Challenge 2

Latrenia BryantFirst let me say, I’m always speaking from a photographic point of view. Is it believable? Does it look good? Does it make me want it? Can I see it in your eyes? Are you selling it? Are you modeling or just standing by looking cute? are just a few things I’m asking myself when I look at photographs.

 Secondly, I love head wraps! but they can quickly be a turn off IF worn in an unflattering way.  

  • Kala G- Love the profile photos. Photos 1,2 and 5 are the ones I like the most. Would I want to try a head wrap after looking at your photos? YES. Good job!!
  • CarlieM- You sold me on every photo!! Gorgeous smile. Photo 3 made me smile because It shows creativity and I love that. The last picture you rocked the art of SMIZING (smiling with your eyes)  Beautiful JOB!
  • Juleedu- The first photo was a total miss. The second was nice but I was underwhelmed with the remaining photos. I wasn’t moved to run out and try this style. The facial expressions didn’t change much and I didn’t feel like YOU were owning the look.
  • Desyray- At first glance, looking at photos 3-5 I would immediately think “This girl has style”. It was believable, you look beautiful. In the 4th picture your hair looks neat, very beautiful. Looking at your photos, I would be intrigued to try your looks.
  • Reshonda Parker- I like the STYLE of the wrap in the first 4 photos but that’s where it ends. You have big beautiful eyes and with the first style; rocking that big hair you could have really blew it out of the box but there was no life in your eyes. I don’t think you sold the look this week. These looks would not make me want to run out and buy a head wrap.
  • Nefertiti- Again, beautiful girl, same as Reshonda, but you didn’t sell me on the idea of wearing a head wrap because you looked lost in the eyes.  You almost got there with the 3rd and 5th look  but  I’m underwhelmed this week.    
  • Chassity- YES!! You sold it. I would definitely want to try your head wrap style. Love the 1st and 2nd pictures. You look very regal, yes ma’am ..suitable for a king! Beautiful smile. Photographs well.   
  • Justyce Chavez- Photos 1,2 and 4 I like the way you wore the wrap. YOU looked comfortable in the first 2 pictures but the others you showed lack luster. You had some hits and misses. I do looove your smile in the first photo, it makes me smile. Decent job overall but you could have done better. I would not run out to get a head wrap just by looking at your pictures.
  • Natasha S. Houston-  Oh Natasha, Natasha, Natasha.. I’m underwhelmed. That one style was a pretty basic style. I wish I could have seen more variety in regards to styling the head wrap. That color didn’t pop well on camera so trying different styles may have helped that situation. You were almost there in regards to modeling in the 1st photo but the others were a total miss.
  • Jael- You said head wraps can be worn in a variety of ways  but you didn’t show that. I like the scarf tied in a bow around the neck but even with that you didn’t SELL me on doing that. A full frontal view can be boring photographically. You could have sold that one look but you missed the boat on that. Remember, You are MODELING!

This challenge my top 3 were: Kala G, CarlieM and Chassity (in no particular order)   

Latrenia on Challenge 6

Latrenia on Challenge 6

Latrenia BryantJust a reminder,  this week the challenge was to create a breath taking never-to-forget wedding style.

ReShonda– Your two- in-one braided spiral rod set style is beautiful!  The Cowrie shells added to your naturally wonderful Afro centric look. You showed the hair and the headpiece very well..however there wasn’t a whole lot of range when it came to your poses and facial expressions. It would have been nice to have seen at least one photo displaying your entire look from head to toe. It’s only because of bridal bouquet I gathered you were representing a bride. Shots 1,6 and 10 are nice because the look “believable” meaning relaxed and not forced. All-in-all you look beautiful and did a nice job. Beautiful photos.

 Chassity-  You looked like a bride..very believable!  Your photos make me WANT this look/headpiece. The hair style was gorgeous. The photos are good although the white veil in the first photo is a little blown out (meaning it lacks details) but one still knows it was a bridal veil. In the 4th photo you appear angelic..nice!  It’s obvious, the camera loves you. You photograph beautifully but I would like to see you push it a little bit more and not rest on being “beautiful” If that makes sense but for this challenge brides are beautiful and I feel like you met the challenge.

Kala- Kala!! Is that you!!? Wow! Last week I wanted you out but not this week. That gorgeous smile, the beautiful crown of gems, the wonderful playful photos, the windblown  hair and seductive look you gave in photo #7 made you one of my favorites this week. It would have been nice to have seen the crown gems with actually wedding attire and your teeth are a little blown out (lack detail) in some photos but all-in-all you stepped it up this week. GOOD JOB!

Nefertiti-  Unfortunately this would not be a look I would want. The hair and photos were blah/bland/dull.  Nothing really stood out. Your attempt at elegant and romantic just looks like bad late 80’s/early 90’s wedding or prom hair…you know ..big hair that’s gathered back away from the face with a few strands spiraling down in the front. Unfortunately, you haven’t loosened up much in your photos. You should be more relaxed and comfortable because you look stiff and posed in your photos. As a photographer myself, I say this not to be funny but to be honest…you might want to seek out another photographer..someone who can help you relax and produce better images.  

Jalitia– I like that you chose a non typical color veil but when you choose something out of the ordinary you have to be prepared to bring it .. sell it!! and I think you missed the mark on doing that. The headpiece is beautiful and I get that you wanted to portray sweetness and yes, you do look “sweet” I just think you could have pushed it more. We’re near the end..don’t rest on sweetness.  On a better note, photo #3 is the best and your hairstyle in the last photo is fabulous. I’m a fan of SOME shadows in photos but not too much that it distracts and hide key elements in the photos like in photo #1 plus over exposure/too much blown out details is a sure killer in regards to a lot of images such as your pic #6.

Carlie–  Looove your essay/story. Your tresses look beautiful but the style was a bit blah/dull. You say you were going for a soft romantic tone in your photos this week.. I could see that but the eye makeup was a bit heavy if that was the case. Unfortunately, the headpiece looked better as a necklace than it did as a actually hair piece. Photo #1 is decent but the others fell flat because of the overall look of the photo itself, your poses and facial expressions. Again, like I expressed in another’s critique ..don’t rest on being “beautiful” now is the time to step it up. Your looks did not sell me on the headpiece nor did it make me want the look.

Desyray- I love your ringlets/flat twist style. I wish I could have seen this look with actual wedding attire or a simple dress on because this is a bridal challenge. I like models to make me BELIEVE what they are selling. The shoot looks like it could be for a hair magazine not anything bridal related and with that being said, yes I would want your hair and style but not in regards to a wedding.  The makeup isn’t something I could see a bride wearing especially since you said you chose a style that was simple and classy. All-in-all, the shells are nice but I wish you had gotten a different headpiece. I predicted you would have the shells  just because you see that a lot with loc wearers. Your photos were decent. Just remember to relax more..you looked posed. I want you to be more natural in front of the camera.

My top 3 in no particular order:   ReShonda, Kala and Chassity  

My pick to exit the competition:  Nefertiti

My challenge winner:  Chassity (with ReShonda being very very close)

Just want to say ladies, it’ll soon be over and this is the time to step up your game and think outside the box. Bring it. Stop resting on “pretty” and just MODEL. We know you’re all gorgeous! Loosen up and don’t think about your poses b/c that’s what make you look stiff and unbelievable in some of your photos. Good Luck ladies!