Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice
Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist/Creative Director: FashionablestylistSS @pulse2.0magazine Photographer: Marcel Maximiliaan Schwab @schwab.marcel Model: Sensemielja Letitia Sumter @modelsensi Wardrobe Stylist: Monique Desar @moniquedesar_venlo
Happy to have you here, Letitia. Tell us your story, how did you get started modeling and where is your home at the moment?
My name is Sensemielja Letitia Sumter, I am 30 years old and I live in Amsterdam. I am an international top model, entrepreneur and catwalk coach. I love fashion. It is an everyday thing for me. Even in these difficult times, fashion brightens me up. I also enjoy styling and being creative.
I decided to become a model when I was 14 or 15. But I officially started as a baby thanks to my mother I did photoshoots for different baby products and brands.
What are your favorite genres and styles of modeling? In your opinion, what are your strongest features as a model?
I don't really have a specific preference. My heart really is with the runway. However, I also really enjoy shooting for different assignments. Everything related to fashion fascinates me, as long as it is not naked. My strongest features are my Walk, strong poses and fierceness, when I am working I am really foccused.
What would be your 3 health-wellness-beauty tips for young women?
1Drink a lot of lemon water and ginger tea
2 stay active even during this time stay focused move a lot go outside taking a walk is also good for the mind
3 Make your own face mask
Place 1.5 tablespoons of honey in a small bowl or plate. Use more if you want to apply the scrub to your neck as well
Add 1.5 tablespoons of very fine granulated sugar to the honey. Make sure you don't use coarse-grained sugar.
Add 3-5 drops of fresh lemon juice to make a fresh scrub.
Moisten your fingers and apply the scrub to your face and neck. Massage your skin with circular motions for 45 seconds. Let the scrub sit on your face for at least 5 minutes
If you could change something in the modeling world, what would it be?
The standard image. I would love to change the image we convey to the young people of today who have a dream to become a model but maybe not have the right size height or shape. I wish there were fair opportunities given to everyone. I wanna see and show more diversity models in different sizes and shades. Thats what I am trying to do now with 2 of my companies Diversity model agency and our foundation Diversity Fashion Week. We create a platform in the industrie for everybody its a hard road and we are definitely not there yet but what we have accomplished in 3 years is amazing.
What fuels your imagination and provides you with inspiration?
what inspires me is women in general, when I look at them and know we have come a long way as women. It gives me the courage to go on and fight for what i believe in making my voice heard. A true inspiration for me in the fashion industry is naomi camble and tyra banks.
What's one of the most interesting shoots that you've done?
That's a tough one. I was able to do really cool and fun assignments. If I do have to choose one, it's the shoot with photographer Sara Li. It's a shoot from a while back. I have had quite a few bad experiences. I have been with that for a very long time and it does form a wound. Thanks to Sara I was able to let go of all the negative. The shoot was inspired by Beyonce's song freedom. We had played that number over and over again. And I have to say: I never felt so free in my live! As if a whole baggage fell off me. The photos have become breathtaking. I also did great photoshoots with Sanne Verheijen. My favorite was the flower shoot we did felt like a dream and one of those shots made it on the cover of malvie, and the shoot we did with Candy make- up artist was also one of my favo shots. In short: Sanne and Sara are my absolute top photographers
If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?
Enjoy YOUR life and go after your dreams make them come true and don't just keep them only as dreams stay focused don't let anyone tell you you can't or shouldn't do something you're in control of yourself and the only approval you need is your own. Respect each other stay kind and take care of yourself and your family.
When you want to unwind, what are your favorite go-to activities?
Lissing to music an take a walk our paint, being creative makes me unwind
and my favorite songs are from Mary j Blige – Just Fine
What's something you haven't achieved but hope to?
Open doors for more diversity we are paving the way but the industry has a long way to go.
What projects are you working on next, and what are your goals for the future?
We are busy with our next show, and ofcourse projects for our models from diversitymodelageny. My next project you will see soon keep a eye on my page.
Where can we see more of your works and get connected with you?
My facebook page : International Top model Sensemielja / Sensemielja Letitia Sumter