By Sainey Darboe:
Gambian-American, Amy Ceesay, has emerged winner of Christian Dior Makeup Artist Competition in North America.
Sharing the good news on her Facebook page,she wrote:
“I had to pinch myself a few times to really believe this moment was real. I am happy to announce that I am the winner of the Christian Dior National Makeup Artist Competition in North America. I know that just doesn’t sound real.
I shared this platform with so many different amazing artists from all over America and Canada that I love and respect their talents. You all did an amazing job and I am so proud of you all”.
Recalling her provenances from The Gambia which is the smallest country in mainland Africa where her choice of profession is not held in high esteem, Amy believes her success will inspire a sea change.
“I came from a very small country of only 2 million people where having a skill set is normally looked down on, and I want to be part of the few people that will break that mindset. How best to show it than to represent Texas where I live and Gambia where I’m from.
It still feels unreal! I was the only black girl in that competition which really is not a big deal to many, but I hope that it is a motivation for someone out there that don’t think they can shine in this world.. Babe there is enough fish in the sea just believe in yourself and work hard for it”.