Marianne Hanson was born and raised by Swedish immigrant parents in Seattle, Washington. At high school she won a national art scholarship and studied locally. After various careers and years later she completed a BA degree, magnum cum laude, at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Her career has encompassed graphic design, illustration, editorial writing, poetry, theatre costume design and art gallery development in three states. She has returned to fine arts, showing her 2D work in several one-man shows and in support of feral cats and other charitable causes. She writes nonfiction articles that include her photographs and sketches.
At the age of 20 Vanessa Mendoza was crowned Miss Colombia 2001. Although Afro-Colombians comprise 10.6% of Colombia’s population, this was the first year the title ever went to an Afro-Colombian beauty. Mendoza said she entered the Miss Colombia contest to represent her tiny village … Read MoreVanessa Mendoza (1981- )