Friday, 29 May 2015

BC #Man Crush: Gino Emnes Talks Black Beauty

Oh Lawd! Are you thinking what I am thinking?! It's Friday ladies, and being the generous soul that I am *wink wink* I thought I would start your weekend off with a bang, by sharing the 'Oh mi Lawd' hunk of a man: Gino Emnes.  Hi Ginooooo *batter eyelashes*!

Gorgeous Gino is not only a beautiful model but an accomplished performing artist. He has starred as Tyrone in the Dutch touring company of 'Fame The Musical' and has toured the Netherlands for productions such as: "Rent" and "Saturday Night Fever". One of his major roles was as Simba in "Disney's The Lion King", in Germany.

I was fortunate enough to steal some of the oh-so-gracious Gino's time a couple of weeks back, for a very brief Q&A. So let's see what Gino had to say... read excerpts from our chat...

Anthonia: Hi Gino... thank you for being so generous with your time and agreeing to take part in this mini-interview. 

Gino: No problem. My pleasure.

Anthonia: So there's no need to state the obvious... but how do you maintain that physique?!

Gino: Well, to stay in shape I go the gym (crossfit) and I also do boxing.

Anthonia: What about skin care. Is there anything in particular that you do to look after your skin?

Gino: I don't really have a specific skin care regime, I just try to oil my body as much as I can. I do it once a day with olive oil.

Anthonia: So it's the olive oil that's doing it! (smiles). Oh so simple! Okay, thanks Gino. So onto women. Growing up, especially in the line of work that you do, did you feel that black women were represented in the media as beautiful?

Gino: In the media, sadly we often see white or light skin women. The lighter the skin tone, the more we say it's beautiful... it's exotic!

Anthonia: If you don't mind me asking, how did this affect your perception of black women... if at all?

Gino: Of course, because we are born into this pattern, we think like that and sadly even amongst black people, we share a lot of those thoughts as well. The lighter the better. The straighter your hair, the better. The lighter the colour of your eyes, the better.  Sad... but true!

Anthonia: Thank you so much for your honesty. I definitely agree that most of us have been affected like this in one way or the other... So in order to redress this, if you had a young black daughter or sister, how would you encourage her to appreciate that she/black is beautiful in all it's diverse forms?

Gino: To my younger sister and or daughter, I would try to first of all avoid putting my own fear anger and or pain on her.  I would try to let her see that we have so many different shapes, colours, interests etc. As long as you stay true to yourself, you are on the right track.

Anthonia: That is amazing Gino. Your daughter and/or sister would be a lucky girl to have that voice and those words spoken to her. Okay so on a lighter note (no pun intended), which black woman, if any, do you admire for her beauty?

Gino: I don't have to look far for that one. I think that the women in my family are beautiful, strong and talented. Yes, they have their flaws, but that's what makes them human. I try not to stay on the topic of skin colour... yes we are black, but that is not all we are!

Anthonia: (Laughs) Gino you really have a way with words. The women in your family must just adore you! I am sure that your words today will be encouraging to not only them, but to many black women. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and being my latest #Man Crush. 

Gino: Your welcome, and all the best with the blog.

That's it guys. I hope that you enjoyed getting to know Gino a little bit. What do you think of what he had to say? Well, I'll let you ponder over it, whilst you look at more lovely pics of him. TGIF! Have a fabulous weekend people.  

Stay confident and beautiful


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