Two months ago we launched a nationwide search to find our next FRObelle to feature in our second issue of FRO. A week before our deadline in walked a beautiful young lady with long legs and a killer FRO. Her name was Monique Sterling an experienced model full of energy and a captivating aura .
After having the opportunity of working with Monique, we wanted to know a little bit more about her career, fashion and all that hair!
Tell us a bit about yourself...
I've been modelling for 3 years and I'm signed with the amazing Nevs Model Agency in London. I get to travel and experience so many things and meet so many different people. Aside from modelling, I absolutely love the theatre as one of my passions is directing. Attempting to juggle my directing career with modelling can sometimes be hectic, but I believe that it's good to keep busy and work on a number of things!
Its fashion week! Tell us how you woulddescribe your personal style...
My personal style is quite eclectic. I love vintage fabrics, jumpsuits (I literally own over 50), all things metallic, bright colours and prints. But saying that, what I wear is very mood dependent. When you're having a down day sometimes the right clothes can lift you and change your mood. It always feels good to peel off the black skinny jeans that I live in for castings - there tends to be a model uniform of skinny jeans and vests so it's always great to get home and put whatever you like on.
Describe your hair in three words?
My hair is BIG, free and growing!
How long have you had natural hair for?
I've had natural hair for about 7 years now and it feels so liberating not to be surgically attached to my hair straighteners or scared to venture outside at the first hint of rain.
What do you love about your hair?
I love how carefree I am about my hair with regards to styling. It really doesn't take a huge amount of time to wash and dry and comb out. Although my boyfriend would never admit to it, I'm extremely low maintenance when it comes to getting ready.
As a model, you are constantly changing your look, are there any positives and negatives to this in relation to your hair?
When it comes to modelling, I sometimes experience the reluctance of some hair stylists to actually do anything with my hair. Unfortunately I think there is a phobia of afro hair, it's almost like it's too complicated for some stylists to get their heads round. There needs to be more training around afro hair, because it really isn't something to be afraid of. I've actually worked on shows where the hair stylist has literally said 'I'm not touching you, you're done'! I doubt that something like that would happen to a models with European hair who just turned up on set. It's very unprofessional in my opinion, even that "just got of bed" look requires work! For this reason I always carry an afro comb with me in case I'll be doing my own hair. On the most part clients love my hair, a highlight being my Selfridges beauty campaign, celebrating natural beauty.
What is your must-have hair care product?
My must-have hair care product is coconut oiI which I literally cannot get enough of. I use it for everything! Cooking, skincare and haircare. My hair can get very dry so coconut oil is literally my bestfriend. I also swear by AtOne Leave in conditioner, it literally smells like something you want to eat and makes your hair ridiculously soft and easy to comb. I love to experiment with new products all the time, Paks is like my mecca (haha) but I'll always come back to AtOne leave in conditioner and any of the Green Olive Oil range - they are my reliable basics.
How do you maintain and protect your FRO, do you have a particular routine you follow?
I'll do an overnight treatment once a fortnight and it's always a good idea to coat the hair in product and bantu knot overnight. I feel like the treatment really soaks in, leaving my hair extra bouncy the next day. My hair care routine is always pretty simple, getting a regular trim is probably the most important thing.
Without a doubt there is more to come from this beauty. We cant wait to see her next campaign as she jets off to South Africa in a few weeks. We will be following and supporting from London to SA.