2014-06-01 21.21.02 2014-06-01 21.24.23We love a good editorial, especially when it focuses on African style and inputs African elements. Freelance model, Maybelline Victoria has released a new photoshoot that focuses on African elements in fashion.

The 19-year-old model, who was born in Amsterdam with Cameroonian descent parents, explains that her name is French for ‘my beautiful victory’ and she truly does look gorgeous in this spread.

We asked her a few questions to help get to know her better and in this interview with FAB magazine Maybelline Victoria talks about getting into modeling, her reasons for modeling, challenges of being a model and much more.

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Read her interview below:

How did you get into modeling?
On my 15th birthday I bumped into a photographer who wanted to use me for his portfolio shoot. I even lied about being experienced! When I saw that he was very positive and glad with me, I knew that was what I was going to do.

Why modeling?
When I was younger I was really insecure. I always have been tall for my age (I am 6″0 tall by the way!)  I also didn’t really grow up with my parents and that had a negative influence on my self-esteem. So I decided to boost it up with something that fits for me. From shoot one I felt home; because I felt accepted for who I was. Even though I was insecure I always dreamed secretly of modeling.

What are some of your accomplishments as a model so far?
I think the most important what I accomplished is standing strong as a freelance model on my age. Socializing is really important to me because that is how I got my assignments. My accomplishments of 2014 so far are Amsterdam Fashion week and the exclusive show for the Orange house.

What is the reception of being a black model in the international fashion scene?
Yeah I can only say tough! What I see for myself is that it is necessary to know people … who know people, because by yourself you would not get in. I think that’s really regrettable, because some models who deserve to be seen fall on the background.  I even was with an agency that had to get rid of me because “they couldn’t find work for a black model again.”

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Where do you see diversity in the fashion world in the next 5 years?
I really don’t know. The fashion industry is so unpredictable. I wish equal chances to every kind of model out there through – black models, Asian, American, Caucasians and so on.

What has been the most challenging part of being a model?
There are so many challenges as a model. Most of my friends are in the fashion industry as well and at every show or shoot you meet people. For me the most challenging part is trusting people I don’t know.  Some people seem to be nice and interesting to you but none of that is the same at the end.

How do you keep in shape?
I exercise every weekend early in the morning. I jog 5 km and finish with training my leg muscles. Beside that I got my so called “abs quarter” every day at least one time in the morning or evening or both. I also take 15 minutes to train my abs.  I eat clean and fresh food and I drink a lot of infused water and homemade smoothies and that works for my sensitive skin. Of course I love French fries and a glass of red wine too.

What is your beauty routine like?
I don’t really have a beauty routine. For me the most important is to have my eyebrows, nails, and hair looking OK. In private I prefer to walk without makeup. But sometimes when I am less busy or on special occasions, I feel like let’s FAB it a bit up!

Who are some of your favourite African brands?
Actually I like them all, when I see something African I need to buy it. It is so interesting to see how every designer gives it another turn.  But my most favorite is Vlisco.

What will you never be caught wearing?
Kitten heels! I guess it is on his way being a fashion statement again.

What limits have you been pushed to as a model?
Working under hard circumstances like shooting in the bush. I love animals but these little spiders and stuff give me chills and you will still need to stay focused and pose fierce.

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Credit
Model: Maybelline Victoria
Photographer : Martin Janssen
Makeup artist: Jeanette Waasdorp
Hairstyling : toyafiercehairdesign, Mrs. Latoya Plet
Wardrobe stylist : elegancy101.com mrs nene merit

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