“Pain To Power”
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British-Nigerian model and youth advocate Mulan Itoje—a previous contestant on Britain’s Next Top Model and mentor at The Change foundation—continues her empowering work with a series of self-care events, entitled ‘Spring Melanin’.
On April 1 the model curated the first of Spring Melanin events which brought together darkskinned women from all ethnicity’s to celebrate themselves in a safe space. The next event, a day of pampering and sisterhood, will be held at The Africa Centre.The event offers massages, manicures, energy reading, self care workshop, food – Vapianos, drinks, sweets table by Candy Pop Treats, The Reason Is Vegan and a goody bag for the first 50 guests, closing with poetry collectives. Plus a live discussion from celebrity guests on their personal experiences with turning pain to power, qualified therapists and life skilled facilitators to answer Q&A’s.
Spring Melanin is a platform curated to balance out the realities of the world in a holistic manner. It visualises the reality of the world we live in but do not get to see represented within the media.
London-based Itoje says: “As a proud queer woman of colour, my focus is on uplifting those who find themselves on the margins, especially those made to feel lesser than for having darker complexions. I created ‘Spring Melanin’ because as a dark skinned womxn, I have often felt isolated and invisible because of my skin. I want womxn to come to my events and to relax, release, and to reject any notion that they aren’t beautiful because of European beauty standards.
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