Almost every week since the new marketplace opened, I am having photo shoots. Here are some of the results. Model: Yvonne Thomas with long Sisterlocks
Going-Natural.com presents Black Follicles Matter, a unique collection of beautiful Natural Hairstyles that challenge the stereotypical ideas of Black Hair. The exhibition opens the first day of Black History Month on February 1st at 7 PM at the Temple of Illumination located at 138 St. James Place in Brooklyn, NY.
Greetings! I am happy to back! It’s not completely done yet and it will probably never be perfect but I’ve worked diligently on making the new site more user friendly, more accessible and easier to navigate. I am pretty sure I listened well but please take a look and let me know by leaving a comment. Your feedback is always welcome.
Are you a Black beauty who aspires a carreer in modeling? Well then why don’t you use your skills to become America’s Next Natural Model Season 6 and win a photo shoot in Paris! Yes, it’s that simple. If you are a confident Black model who loves her natural hair, we want you to apply.
What is America’s Next Natural Model?
America’s Next Natural Model is GoingNatural.com‘s annual online pageant to promote Black Beauty and Natural hair. It is very much like America’s Next Top Model but it takes place online where ten selected models compete for the title, free products, a cash prize and a photo shoot in New York.
How does the America’s Next Natural Model competition work?
Ten selected models will compete for eight weeks for the title, a trip to Paris where she will do a photo shoot, a video shoot and where the winner will be the American hostess of Boucles d’Ebene, the largest Natural Hair Show in Paris.
It is an online competition that provides each contestant with personal web-space to express herself throughout ten challenges. Weekly votes from a coaching jury and from going-natural.com members and social media follwers will determine who the winner is.
What can I win?
Well this could the big break that starts of your international carreer. Besides the title, infite exposure and free products, you can also win a trip to Paris for a photo shoot and a video shoot at Boucles, d’Ebene, the organization that hosts largest natural Hair show in France.
Who is America’s Next Natural Model 2015?
America’s Next Natural Model 2015 is a natural beauty who uses her talent to inspire. She knows how to integrate her natural tresses seemlessly with every outfit or accessories you trow at her. She is proud to stand out and take natural hair to the next runway level. She can’t wait to be the new face of the brand of a line she completely stands behind. If this is you, you should apply.
Who can join this competition?
Every woman of 18 and older with naturally nappy, coily, kinky hair and locs can participate. If your hair is chemically relaxed and you want to join, you will have to commit to cut the relaxed part of your hair in during the competition.
Is submission free?
No, by clicking the submission/registration form link you will see that you have to pay $29.99.
The competition has always been free. Why do we have to pay this year and what do we pay for?
Yes, the competition has been free for models for five years but it has never been free to setup and run the competition. So while hundreds and hundreds of models freely applied, we picked up the bill for processing applications, hosting images and running the online competition. Now we ask for a fee not only to cover part of the cost but this way we are pretty sure to process only serious applications of confident models who are all about taking their careers to the next level.
So the $29.99 is only to process my application?
No, actually you get a whole lot more. Once you make the payment we will use your profile and photos to introduce you to our 35,000 subscribers, our 80,000 facebook fans, twitter and instagram followers.
Does paying the $29 automatically guarantee acceptance into the competition?
Paying the fee guarantees acceptance in the Social Media audition round where your profile and photos will be evaluated and posted on in our Social Media Network of 80,000 members on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but it does not guarantee a spot in the final 10.
What other cost do models have? Who pays for shipping on products?
The only costs models have to pay are the registration costs. Everything else is free. Going-natural.com takes care of shipping and all other costs.
Do we get to keep the products ..jewelry clothing etc…?
It depends on the sponsor if you get to keep the clothes, jewelry and everything else.
What is the actual application process?
The actual application process is a fairly simple 2-stpe process:
1) First register and create a profile with at least 5 of your best photos.
2) Then click on the link to submit your application to make the payment and you are in!
Who keeps the rights to the images?
You keep the rights of the images but the sponsors have the right to use the images they see fit on billboards, online, in videos or other publications. This is for the models to expand their portfolio, profile and visibility.
Where is the link to the Application?
Where can I find more information about the competition and the earlier seasons?
This is the main page. From the main page click on the season you are interested to see:
Info for models:
This is Jayme winner of ANNM Season 5 in a commercial for Gruvi Juice in New York. You can be the America’s Next natural Model Season 6 but you will do your commercial shoot in Paris! We recommend practising your French.
To give back to her loyal following, Mireille Liong founder of going-natural.com, plans a free photo shoot to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the growing online community that now exceeds 28.000 members. Not only do all participants get a free digital photo, the person with the most fancy natural hairstyle wins the 10the annual surprise gift basket.
When life events go too fast to blog about we picture it for you just so you can have an impression. After all a pictures speaks a 1,000 words. From Afro and Natural Hairstyles spotting to impressions of Bedstuy Brooklyn and beyond.
Since more and more photographers are protecting their work and going after bloggers today, going-natural.com likes to offer serious bloggers a deal where both parties can win. So if you are a serious blogger who is not only interested in professional photos you can use legitimately but also in a valid link to your blog, as well as freebees for your audience, this might be a perfect opportunity for you.
When a national magazine asked Jayme to write about America’s Next Natural Model, to explain the competition and share her experience as a candidate but moreover as the winner, she wrote this.