The 17-year-old girl, who was first gained attention from the public as Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, has now gained popularity from her TikTok videos. Let us introduce you to Michelle Okwara, Model cantik berdarah campuran Indonesia-Nigeria yang sempat menjadi stunt girl Zozibini Tunzi dalam iklan UC1000 yang menjadi perbincangan di kalangan Pageant lovers Indonesia.
Dengan followers lebih dari 24k di TikTok, Michelle mencuri banyak perhatian dengan video-videonya yang lucu and also her dance abilities. Kalau melihat di akun TikTok Michelle, she shows how diversity is to be appreciated, she loves her skin the way it is. She keeps a positive mind to flaunt it more on her social medias, and people admire her and showers her with love for that.
We love the fact that you have a healthy skin, do you have a routine skin care you’d like to share?
“At first, appreciating my own skin was quite hard, to be honest. Especially since I’m living in a country where I don’t see many people like me. Sometimes I get hate comments and bullies, but I always keep a positive mind to myself. I always think that I have a beautiful skin and I have to appreciate that, and turns out it’s amazing. It’s a gift.”
It’s sort of a fact that most people appreciate fairer skin color instead of more of a darker skin tone. A misconception of beauty standards that has been ongoing for quite some time. How do you feel about this?
“Yes, I think people should really appreciate and learn more about beauty standards that skin colors don’t justify or define a certain type of beauty—we’re all the same. Everybody is beautiful, every skin color is beautiful.”
Agreed, we love your contents as well on TikTok. How did you first decide to make your own TikTok account and what fun did you find there?
“I decided to make my TikTok account during quarantine. You know, pertama karantina kan orang-orang lagi pada gabut, everybody is on TikTok. So, my friends were asking me if I have one so I thought ‘maybe I should try’, and I made one. Through TikTok, I get to be more creative. Karena banyak banget video di TikTok dengan challenge-challengenya yang membuat aku lebih kreatif. And also, it’s spreading positivity so I tried to make it the same way. I follow the flow.”
What plans do you have next?
“Other than focusing to be a model, I’m also an animal lover. I really want to get involved to helping animals out there which has been happening around the world lately. And yeah, I really want to focus on my modelling career because I actually really want to be a model. I also plan to take fashion management or fashion academies since I also want to study fashion before I go for modelling again.”
Editor: Galuh Tathya
Writer: Dela Naufalia
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