Meet the Muse: Delina Medhin
Delina is a southern-born, Harlem-based makeup artist who left the corporate world in 2015 to pursue her dreams. You can now catch her beating the faces of some of the most powerful Black women in popular media, including Phoebe Robinson, Franchesca Ramsey and Elaine Welteroth. You can see her full portfolio here.
Where are you from? Where are you now?
My family is from Eritrea and Ethiopia, east Africa. I'm from Raleigh, North Carolina. I currently live in Harlem, New York City, New York
What is your passion/purpose?
My passion in life is makeup and making people feel good about themselves. When you look good, you feel good.
What/where/who inspires you?
I'm inspired by people living their best life. People that live life in the place where it's uncomfortable, continuously pushing themselves to be the best them. A few people that come to mind are:
- Will Smith—His movies, and um..have you seen his Instagram?
- Oprah—A Black billionaire and network owner producer/writer/actor
- Tim Ferriss—Creator of The 4-Hour Workweek and The Tim Ferriss Show, one of my favorite podcasts of all time
- Massy Arias—Have you seen this woman work out? She is strong, confident and always challenging herself with new goals
How long have you been natural?
I go back and forth between natural and texturizing my hair. Currently the sides are texturized and the top isn't.
What does your hair mean to you? What has it meant to you in the past/throughout your life?
I've worn it fro-ey and curly, short and curly. I love that hair is an expression of yourself. I find so much fun in playing around with it and the texture. Curling it, twist-outs, it's all fun. Hair is one of the coolest ways to change your look and I'm constantly changing my look...truthfully, as much as I change my earrings or T-shirts.
If you could go back in time and meet yourself at any age, what age would that be? What advice would you give her?
I live in the present. I love every experience that has happened. All of them have led me to where I am and I'm so grateful and blessed that I am where I am.
Who is your muse?
My muse is me. I love trying different looks on myself—it gives me the confidence to try them on others. The night before a shoot, if I know i'm doing a look I've never done before, I will stay up and practice until I get it where I want it and execute it on myself. I work out all of the kinks so when I get to set I can get it done efficiently and quickly and leave myself room for exploration and creativity on the spot.
Word Association—What is the one word you think of when you hear the following:
- Sisterhood: Braids
- Authenticity: Pride
- Knowledge-of-Self: Determination
- Self-Love: Navigation
- Ownership: Lineage