Girl M simply launched a group of melanated mannequins which can be positive to make you wish to play dress-up. The brown-skinned beauties should not solely not ashy (in the event you use model heads, you recognize what I’m speaking about), however they’re additionally designed with Afrocentric options. We’re speaking full lips, almond eyes, excessive cheekbones, and, within the phrases of Beyoncé, “Jackson 5 nostrils.”
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The model heads are the brainchild of Shaneka Neymour, who additionally owns a hair extensions model and trend line. The Bahamas-native says she first bought the concept as a result of she couldn’t discover one which appeared like her. Most are simply primary mannequins painted some bizarre grey-brown shade. And, the hair, effectively, that’s one other story.
So, she created her personal. The primary providing is Melanie (“a enjoyable model of melanin”) and is available in three hues: Royal Honey, Coco Supreme, and Divine Ebony. It additionally comes along with your selection of three ranges of make-up –a pure nude beat, smooth glam, and full glam — and a pair of eyelashes. The wigs have smooth heads that every one you to pin on wigs or pull wig bands beneath the chin. Shaneka says the earrings and nostril are smooth sufficient, too, to even add earrings or a nostril ring.
We caught up with the rising entrepreneur, who’s now based mostly within the Netherlands, to study extra about her game-changing providing.
HYPE HAIR: What impressed you to create these beauties?
SHANEKA NEYMOUR: I believe again to the primary second of disappointment. I used to be engaged on hairpieces I had began in 2015. For my first occasion, I used to be in search of a model head, and I couldn’t discover one which appeared like me. I discovered a brown one, however it had European options. What concerning the face? I needed one thing that represented me. I needed to do one thing about that.
After we go right into a magnificence provide retailer, and also you see partitions lined with mannequins focused towards us, however in terms of my merchandise — it’s all lined with mannequins that don’t appear to be us. You don’t actually see your self of their faces. It’s one thing we don’t actually take into consideration. I would like folks to open their eyes and see what’s round them. I wish to current choices and to encourage up and coming creatives to see they will do extra.
HH: What was the method wish to create your personal model?
SHANEKA: That was a tedious course of! I had no thought the way to really get began with faces, and even with a model. I began digging. Discovering a producer wasn’t that tough as I used to be already coping with producers for my clothes and hair. I began engaged on the face with 3D designers. From thought to seeing the primary samples, it took about seven months.
HH: How did you give you the face?
SHANEKA: I knew what sort of options I needed. I began designing it myself, and I bought assist with technical particulars. I needed the lips to be proper, the nostril to be proper. I needed it to be relatable so you might see that’s a Black girl.
HH: Good! Your mannequins are proof constructive that magnificence isn’t one-size-fits-all. How does “Melanie” match into our ongoing conversations round magnificence?
SHANEKA: “Melanie” is impressed by issues/options that individuals usually reject — whether or not you do it to your self, really feel it inside your personal group, or from society on the whole based mostly on predetermined magnificence requirements that we proceed to get up from. These are precisely the small print that I wish to spotlight as worthwhile property that make us distinctive and delightful. As a result of when you settle for it as it’s, that displays on the surface and turns into a part of the Black lady magic.
HH: What impression do you hope to make within the magnificence trade?
SHANEKA: I hope to carry a constructive feeling of recognition. I wish to redefine the norm and convey a way of pleasure. We need to be seen and represented in the proper method — particularly in an trade the place we spend some huge cash.
HH: Congratulations on this accomplishment. Do you’ve gotten your eyes on anything?
SHANEKA: “Melanie” with hair for cosmetology coaching. I have already got the primary prototype with yaki straight hair. And. I’m engaged on two different sizes: the medium dimension model with décolleté [aka a low neckline] that the majority magnificence provide shops use and the massive dimension bust with shoulders. I’m trying to increase into extra face shapes. My sister desires one with a sq. jaw, and [in the future], I hope to begin a marketing campaign to search out the following face.
HH: The heads come bald, however we see you’ve gotten hairpieces on yours. Can we pin wigs on them?
SHANEKA: You’ll be able to pin the wigs or pull the bands underneath the chin. The ears are smooth; you possibly can pin earrings in them. You’ll be able to even pin an earring within the nostril.
For more information on Girl M model heads, go to shopladym.com.
Interview reduce and edited for readability.