I am Christina Ghansiwiyie Dzenyuy, better known as Miss NP #6, and I hail from the second smallest state in the United States of America, located in the northeastern region of the country, otherwise known as Connecticut, the insurance capital of the world. I entered the America’s Next Natural Model contest at the encouragement of friends who often admire my locs, my hair’s versatility and unique hairstyles…
I am Christina Ghansiwiyie Dzenyuy, better known as Miss NP #6, and I hail from the second smallest state in the United States of America, located in the northeastern region of the country, otherwise known as Connecticut, the insurance capital of the world. I entered the America’s Next Natural Model contest at the encouragement of friends who often admire my locs, my hair’s versatility and unique hairstyles that I have rocked on my 10 year natural hair journey. This is the first time I had ever considered hair modeling, so for me this was a real challenge that has given me a considerable amount of experience.
As you can see, throughout this contest each contestant has been very unique with her own natural hair testimony to share. Each contestant had a different lifestyle depiction depending on the demographics and societal make-up of the state from which they reside. For me, the America’s Next Natural Model competition has served as a platform to promote and teach African American women a little bit more about owning natural beauty. Black women come in all shapes, sizes, skin tones and hair textures and we are truly and naturally beautiful. We do not need to legitimize our looks by camouflaging who we are through using chemicals that re-texturize our hair, in order to fit into society’s mold of what is acceptable, marketable and high fashion. Natural beauty is the original high fashion. Don’t get it twisted!
My given name is Ghansiwiyie Dzenyuy, it is from the Central African Bantu Tribe in the Cameroon, specifically, my ancestors are Banso people and speak the Lamnso language. The literal translation of my name means, “Time Comes for God’s Gift”. Ultimately, I believe that we are all God’s children and therefore are all God’s gifts. God made no mistakes when He created you and I. You are here to be a light to me just as I am here to be a light for you. We were masterfully created in His image and likeness and are all beautiful and magnificent in His eyes. I am empowered by my chocolate brown skin and locs and you should become emblazoned and uplifted by your own fabulous fros, braids, twists, bantu knots or straight, curly bangs and a flat twists on the side. Whatever your natural flavor, I encourage you to be proud of who you are. You are very unique and special.
People of African are descendants of those who established the beginnings of civilization. We were born specially equipped to endure the hot sun and dry heat for a reason. We were born with our tight kinks to protect our heads from the strong rays of sun that shine brightly over the continent of Africa. The reality is that African Americans are a displaced people who have assimilated into the American melting pot, but our underlying cultural heredity lives on through our broad noses, curly kinks and darker complexions. Nobody can take this away from us and to deny this reality would be an affront to your true essence. Wear your crown with pride as there is much history behind who you are.
I would like to thank Going-natural.com for establishing Miss Nappturality, which has allowed me to share a small piece of myself, my light, with the world. I hope I have inspired others to embrace their natural beauty and to love their exquisitely designed natural hair.
To all my sisters, I bid you peace, goodwill and all the best.
Celebrate your authentic self.
~ Christina G. Dzenyuy
If Bob Marley and Chaka Khan had a love child and Erykah Badu was the godmother, the long-loc’ed princess would be named C.Dzen (pronounced “season”). With an island girl visage, tremendous range, vocal control and beautiful timbre, C.Dzen is the total package. Curry Flavored Neo Soul.