Feature: Female Powerbrokers: Nadata Gentle

POSTED: 01/4/13 1:05 PM

St. Maarten / By: Torana Granston – In 2011 it was New York, last year Amsterdam and this year her sights are set on Los Angeles. Over the last two years, Nadata Gentle has been making waves on the international fashion scene as a professional model cum entrepreneur. Since winning the Direct Music Television America 2012 Caribbean Model Search she has trotted the globe from South America, to Europe, North America and the Caribbean. She still has Asia and, the motherland Africa to conquer but this Caribbean beauty has no plans of slowing down. Her 2013 calendar is packed with public appearances, as well as the mega launch of her cosmetic and swimwear line.

Born, Yulanda Nadata Gentle in Guyana in the late eighties, Gentle came to the St. Maarten after completing a British education at the South Ruimveldt Secondary and the Critchlow Labour College. She has remained loyal to it and credits the island for discovering and exposing her star potential.

“Barbara Warren introduced me to modeling in St. Maarten and since then I have always presented myself as a SXM model all over the world. I seek every opportunity to promote the island, talk about the island and distribute pictures. In New York I also distributed flags, t-shirts and books that I received from the Tourist Bureau. I also try to get professionals to come to the island to promote modeling and fashion and send many people to vacation there,” Gentle told her from her apartment in Holland.


Apart from St. Maarten, Gentle credits much of her success to her mother whom she vividly remembers for her early influences. That is why she is returning to her roots in rebranding of herself.

“The name change from Yulanda to Nadata was a suggestion by my agent and I did like the idea to brand myself. This is because one does not model forever. So I have started doing other ventures that I enjoy and helps to capitalize my name and income.”

The name Nadata means a female brewer, which Gentle got from her grandmother. Biblically, the name means worthy of praise. She hopes that when people hear or see her name they think peace, love and fashion; the model’s moniker.

With the launch of her website, www.nadatagentle.com in December, Gentle plans to exceed her own expectations in 2013.

“It is my intention to also write an autobiography and launch my cosmetic line in this year,” the ambitious young woman says. Full of business savvy, Gentle deliberately asserts herself as more than just beauty but brains as well.

Later this year, she will participate in the Amsterdam Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week in February. She will be featured at the World Peace Concert to Jamaica in March and be a special guest star in St. Thomas’ Fashionista Show in June. But before returning to St. Maarten to spend a much needed vacation, Gentle will be a judge at the Caribbean Fashion Week Model Search in Los Angeles.

The Road to Stardom

In October 2011 she attended the St. Thomas Fashion Week, then New York in December where she worked with several photographers and designers

“I had a commercial photo shoot for John Ashford, the famous American shoe designer. I also did a commercial photo shoot for 5star Alanti Jewelry. I had photo shoots with Donn Thompson, James W. George and Pawel Lukas, all big names.”

But even after working with famous personalities, Gentle’s road to success did not stop there.

She was then named model of the year in Caribbean Life News. This paved the way for her eventual walk in the New York Fashion Week, New Jersey Couture Fashion Show and Philli Fashion Week: Walk the Talk.

“After that in New York I did a charity event at Lincoln Hospital where I visited sick children.”

It is a cause that is close to Gentle’s heart.

“I do that anywhere I am. I always visit sick and or disabled children.”

Following a brief hiatus in Miami where she did a photo-shoot with another acclaimed photographer John L. Fisher, Gentle moved to the Netherlands. Last September she was signed to Jimmy Model Management based in Rotterdam.

“Since then I did several photo shoots with renowned photographers Willem Schulte and Martin Bierman. Then I did a commercial with must have lingerie; SAPPH. Filming took two days with the largest lingerie company in Europe.”

The SAPPH commercial easily ranks as her best work to date, in Gentle’s book.  The lingerie campaign will see her face being plastered on my posters and billboards all over Europe.

About Modeling

“It can be a very lucrative job and allows you to travel and make a good fortune,” Gentle says, but the industry has many challenges. She believes that her personality, look, desire to always sharpen her skills, catwalk skills and sex appeal distinguish her from other models. Add those traits to her rigorous exercise routine daily and Gentle feels that she has created a potent, irresistible concoction.

She functions best modeling lingerie, swimwear and doing commercial print shoots.

“In terms of fashion shows, I have done some. But not much in high fashion…I have to be too skinny,” Gentle says with a laugh.

Unlike other ladies, this twenty four year is not shy about revealing her vital statistics; waist: 24 cm, hips: 35 cm, height: 5 feet, 9 inches, bra size 34D and even feet: a size 10.

The Heights of a Supermodel

“I am far from achieving supermodel status I’m just a professional model, aspiring for super model status. I must admit I enjoyed being in several magazines but when I reach the cover of Vogue & Sports Illustrated, then I will be satisfied that I have reached super status. However the fact that I’m living my dream is a success to me. The fact that I got the opportunity to become a professional and go abroad can be considered top model for the island level maybe. There are a lot of good models in St. Maarten but they just need the exposure. I was lucky, being in the right place at the right time.”

When not working, Nadata spends a great deal of time online forging networking relationships and pursuing studies in clothing design and business administration. She also enjoys participating in interviews since it gives her a chance to hone her public speaking skills. Truthfully, gently and fearlessly, the mulls over every question before answering but can be very spontaneous whenever a camera lens is nearby.

Her signature baldheaded look appears permanent for now.

“When it comes to growing my hair, you never know. But for now that is my trademark, I like it and it is less time consuming. I wear wigs sometimes depending on what the client wants.”

Her ultimate goals are two; to walk in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and make the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine. But the ebony beauty insists that when it’s all said and done, those are not the foremost things that she wants to be remembered for.


“I do not want to be remembered in terms of how many goals I have scored or how famous I have become by the money I have made.  I would much rather being remembered as a little girl with a big dream to make people all around the world happy, to make a difference in the lives of people.”

Gentle says that since joining the fashion industry professionally, she has learnt some valuable lessons including persistence, discipline and how to handle criticism.  She plans to settle down and focus on family life when she reaches her 30s.

“I miss the island, the people and the food. It is my pleasure to keep my St. Maarten people posted and I take this opportunity to thank all for all the support and love I have gotten. I wish everyone a year full of wonders and miracles and I’m looking forward to helping the local models go international and work as professionals.”

Nadata Gentle can be reached by email at: ngentle03@gmail.com, on Facebook at: ModelNadata, on Skype at: nadata.gentle, on Twitter at: Nadata1gentle and on the World Wide Web at: www.nadatagentle.com

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