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Joyce


What do you celebrate about being a woman?

I think being women we are all gifted. I love our diversity. The way we fit into so many different roles. We can make it as a successful business lady, a loving mother or even both. Furthermore we live in a time, where we as women enjoy more freedom than ever before. That’s why I not only like to dress-up but also to use all my potential to show the world how much I celebrate being a woman.

What do you wish other women knew?
 

I wish other women knew that they are beautiful just the way they are. I know, this is a sentence that countless people use or have used in also countless situations. But it is simply the truth!

No woman should ever waste her time trying to follow THE ONE ideal of beauty. 
There is not a certain skin tone, hair type or figure that represents beauty more or better than another. Every woman should embrace her own beauty by stop comparing herself to others and start to love herself the way God ( be it Allah, Buddah, doesn’t matter) has created her.

How do you express yourself creatively?

My creativity is probably my most distinct attribute.
I sometimes find myself daydreaming or wondering about things like the meaning of life.

Most of my thoughts I express through poetry and songs. I’m a singer and songwriter that is working on arrangements at the moment, so that I can show my art to the world soon.
Meanwhile I perform with a cover band and at church.

I also give tips on natural hair care for German speaking or German- based ladies on Youtube.

How are you making a difference in the world?

I try not to float with the current but to be sure to confidently follow my on will.
It’s very important to me to do this with responsibility for my environment and fellow creatures.
I almost never take any plastic bags for shopping, I don’t eat any meat and I try to minimize my consumption of milk.
I also treat every person with most possible respect and be kind, even if it’s sometimes hard to deal with some peoples’ ignorance and vanity.
I’m not sure if I’m making a difference in the world this way. But I definitely try.

What do you believe is your calling and what are you doing about it?

I often wondered about what my calling is and about what i can do about it in the past.
And now I’m at a point where I think, that my life was about finding myself and now helping others to figure out themselves.
I know now that I neither have to wear my hair straight, nor to chose only one of my origins or to keep a job at the office just because it’s most accepted in our western communities.
I wear my big ‘fro, celebrate Jamaican, Italian and German culture and live my creativity as a musician.
I want to help people assure themselves of their own strengths and wishes. So that they can celebrate life the way I do.

How do you celebrate where you come from?

Well, this is a little bit complicated with me. I was born and raised in Germany by a half Italian mother.

I have Jamaican roots (which come from my father who left my life in my early years) which I had to figure out a lot by myself. I’ve started to try Jamaican recipes and even to learn some Patois (as far as it’s possible living so far from Jamaica). I also love reggae and dance hall. It’s my favourite music to enjoy. Rather it’s relaxing home alone, clubbing or spending time at a festival.This way I got to know German culture very well but also got into a world of Pasta and Eros Ramazzotti*:) glücklich

What do you consider to be the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?

The biggest obstacle must have been finding myself as a ‘Mixed chick’ in an almost all white environment.
First I straightened my hair and wore extensions to fit in. Having failed I did almost everything to be accepted as a black person. It took too long for me to see, that there was no need for me to chose between black and white. I stopped caring about all those people telling me what ‘colour’ I was because I finally saw that it really doesn’t matter.
I realized I was created to ‘dance in a shade of grey’.

“I don’t stand for the black man’s side, I don’ t stand for the white man’s side. I stand for God’s side.” 

This is what Bob Marley said once. I simply changed man into woman and now enjoy both. Mocha chocolata is my beautiful.




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