I met Ania at An’n Pale, a cafe conversation series hosted by Haiti Cultural Exchange. The person of interest for that night was Dayanne Danier, fashion designer and humanitarian, and she had Ania model some of her clothes. I saw how incredibly striking Ania was and decided to approach her to let her know and also to introduce myself.
After hanging out with Ania a few times, I must say that I’m delighted that I approached her because not only is she hard-working and persistent in following her dreams, she is also genuinely sweet. She is one of the women who inspired me to start the “Ansanm Nou Se Ayiti” project. Although, I was saddened that Ania couldn’t make it the day we shot the video, she is still part of the project and movement, and I thought it would be right if I introduced her to you because you’re going to be seeing a lot of her!
“When I first meet people, I tend to be reserved but once I get comfortable I can be as talkative and loud as you would never imagine.”
Ania is a high fashion model based in New York City. She was born and raised in Saint Marc, Haiti. Her love affair with NYC started from watching one of her favorite television shows, Sex in the City. She feels lucky to have the opportunity to live and experience the everyday life as a New Yorker and finds the city quite adventurous. Her love of the city has expanded over the years. The things she enjoys the most about the city include the diversity of the people and the many talents she has had the chance to encounter.
“I love everything this city has to offer from the diversity of the people, to the fastness of everyday life, and of course to the many talents I have had the chance to meet whether in the streets, subways, or personally. They have all been truly inspiring.”
Ania loves fashion, music, and food. One of her goals is to travel to Africa.
“I would love to travel to Africa. I want to taste, feel, touch, smell and see everything Africa has to offer mainly because when I think of Africa, I think of wisdom, courage and bravery. So, if I want to have that life changing experience, I think Africa would be the place to travel to.”
About Ansanm Nou Se Ayiti…
“ I want this project to be part of a revolution. I want young Haitians like me to see this project and be inspired and positively change the way we think. I want my generation of young Haitians to know that the Haiti in “Us” should not be based on what part of Haiti we’re from, our skin color, or our social economic status. It should be based on the fact that we all are Haitian and “Ansanm Nou Se Ayiti.”
Now you see why she inspired me to start the project? This woman is amazing! Ansanm Nou Se Ayti! (Together We Are Haiti)
Although the video is already filmed, I’m still in the process of thinking about screening, and how to proceed with the movement. I’ve already received some messages from people who are interested in participating. We are certainly welcoming everyone who wants to help! And you don’t have to be Haitian to be part of the project, but you certainly have to be a Haitian lover! Please email me at: findingpaola[at]gmail[dot]com, and I will be sure to contact you about future plans.