In her conceptfashion- and -beauty photography Melissa (1989) takes you into an association based world that will incite your brain to establish links between reality and fiction. Her aim is to present the viewers familiair shapes, colors and textures without it being spoonfed, so every person’s mind will be encouraged to construct the underlying concept for themselves. The Dutch born studied Religion and Culture at Utrecht University while earning her money as a parttime model whereby she discovered the passion for creating her own association based concepts. Her visual language consists of pictorial concepts playing noteworthy roles in her life as a child and young adolescent which crystallizes in from nature derived drafts to pop icons. Her work can be described as dreamy, driven by color harmonies and -dissonance, quirky, esthetic and always a hint of glamour along with a core focus on expression.

Exhibitions & Awards

“Handmade In Holland”, exhibition
Fair Wear Foundation, de Hallen Amsterdam, 20-11-2018

“EXO”, exhibition
Mantis Festival, Muntgebouw Utrecht, 27-10-2018

Make-up Awards 2018, nomination
Coiffure Awards 2018
Wella Trendvision Award 2018, nomination
Coiffure Awards 2017
Coiffure Awards 2016
Joke Veeze Award 2015, nomination

“Full Moon: Imprisoned Euphoria”, exhibition
FotoFestival Naarden 14-05-2015 t/m 21-06-2015

Coiffure Awards 2015
Make-up Awards 2015, nomination
International Floral Art 2014/2015
Wella Trendvision Award 2014
Coiffure Awards 2014


The Daily Indie
Stylevision Magazine
SLiNK Magazine
I-D Netherlands
L’Officiel Netherlands
TEO Magazine Australia
Pink Bow City
Dark Beauty Magazine
The Alchemist
Modo Magazine


VROUW Magazine
Top Hair International
CHIP Magazine
Uitgeverij KOK
ZOOM Magazine
Hair’s How
Coiffure Magazine

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