MADEMOISELLE AKI
Date yourself. Take yourself out to eat. Don’t share your popcorn at the movies with anyone. Stroll around an art museum alone. Fall in love with canvases. Fall in love with yourself.
Yes, do that.

(Source: psych-facts, via psych-facts)

Did I told you I recently moved to Denmark to study Fashion Design? Well, that’s how happy it makes me feel :)

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
Mahatma Gandhi  (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: tanglejan, via thatkindofwoman)

3 days exploring Marseille. A pure delight!

Daydreamers tend to be more creative because their mind are always wandering and creating stories.
(via psych-facts)

(via psych-facts)

'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.

'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.

Paris last night

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 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)

Features

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




Africa
My parents are from Guinea and Mali in West Africa. Both of my parents were born in Guinea Conakry. My dad moved to France in the 70s and my mom in the 80s, when they got married. My siblings and I are thus the 1st generation born and raised in France. Even if our parents culture was all around us while growing up, we all went to Guinea just once when we were kids, and never visited Mali. None of us speak my parents language (except my older sister), but we understand it.

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.

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