Saryta Akpa A Dominican Model Making Waves #MelaninMonday

Saryta Akpa is a Dominican model, born and raised in Dominica with Ivorian roots. She began modeling in 2011 in Dominica and has done several local photo shoots, runway shows and made appearances on local television shows.

When asked why she began modeling, she replied, “I never really gave it much thought honestly until a few friends and an aunt encouraged me to try it out.  After doing two shoots and my first show, it turned out to be something that I loved doing and it worked well for me so I continued to move in that direction.”


Self-described as a “determined, motivated, and interesting person who is always open to new ideas,” Saryta loves traveling, meeting new people, reading and learning about new cultures.

When it comes to her motivation Saryta says, “I wouldn’t say I have one specific motivator in particular. I have a strong, small support group and they are my biggest motivators.”


Her first big break was in 2013 when she participated in Top Model Worldwide in London. Top Model Worldwide is the leading international model search – seeking out the best new model talent from all over the world. Additionally, she has appeared in Zing Caribbean, the quarterly in-flight magazine for LIAT The Caribbean Airline.

Photograher Derek Galon describes her as “versatile, professional, very impressive model. A fun and joy to work with. And – results are fantastic! My sincere recommendation.”


In terms of what the fashion industry has taught her thus far she says,“so far the industry has taught me that it is important to stay true to yourself, to remain humble at all times and the importance of being versatile.  There can be a lot of negative views about the industry but I’ve had a good experience with it thus far, If I could go back in time, I would probably try to be less shy and do more networking.”


The 25-year old model also had some advice to young people interested in the modeling industry, “my advice to aspiring models is to know what you want and work hard to achieve it.  Set down your goals and work towards achieving them even though they may be small.  Also, to learn the importance of networking and establishing good relationships with people, it will help you in the long run.”


Fashion magazine Caribbean & Co. says ‘While the influence of fashion movements from around the world can be seen in a Caribbean fashion, there is a large enough movement to say that Caribbean fashion is firmly on the fashion map. The Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) has played a great role in marking out Caribbean fashion as being stylish and noteworthy. The first Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) took place in 2001 and the event has grown to be a major event in the fashion calendar. While this event is an excellent opportunity for local designers to showcase their wares, a growing number of international designers are flocking to the Caribbean Fashionweek to showcase their own designs.’


When asked on her own opinion on Caribbean fashion Saryta says, “The fashion scene in the Caribbean is sort of limited in the sense where many people think of tropical clothing or swimwear when they think of the Caribbean so I feel that we could have more diversity.”


Three fun facts about Sartya you would be surprised to know:

  1. “I am half-Ivorian,
  2. I practice meditation; and
  3. I usually have mini concerts for my family or friends even though I can’t sing lol”


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