'You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.' Maya Angelou | Thank you for inspiring us all to become better human beings with your wise and compassionate words and actions.
I am back in Paris :) Finally got to try the yummy Krishna Bhavan, a whole vegetarian restaurant in La Chapelle with my Anissa 👍 (at Krishna Bhavan)
I got some great news this week :)
I am honoured to be featured on Black Girl with Long Hair website, which I used to read all the time when I had my afro. You can find the interview here: http://blackgirllonghair.com/2014/04/araki-4b-natural-hair-style-icon/
Also, after modelling for different photographers as an amateur for few years in France and the UK, I got a chance to recently work as a professional figurant in different commercials in Iceland. And, the great news is that yesterday, I signed my first professional modelling contract with Eskimo Models agency in Reykjavik! I am so grateful!
Here is my profile: http://www.eskimo.is/Model/14255
Until recently, I wasn’t much troubled by it and felt more French than anything else. But the more I think about it, and the more I am digging into my inner self, embracing the real ‘me’ with my flaws and qualities, and trying to live a healthy and spiritual life, the more I feel the need to reconnect with my roots and discover my parent’s land and culture. Being able to share it with my future kids is also great motivation.
For the first time ever, I am now considering contributing to Africa development using my skills and creative vision. Not sure exactly where (maybe Mali?), when and especially how but that is definitely something I would like to explore in the near future.
'Soulful I' by Araki Koman
Mixed media with acrylic, watercolour and paper
Photo credit: Kasia Wosniak
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