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We caught up with one of our newest faces, the lovely Luke Forte to find out exactly what Black History Month means to him, and dug out a few old school family photos too! #SuperCute
What does BHM mean to you?
Black History Month is important to me as it reminds me of the struggle and sacrifices that members of my family made many years ago to better their lives, by travelling to the UK to find work to support their family in Jamaica. My Grandma has spoken to me about her experiences in the past, and it makes me very grateful of her sacrifices
Can you tell us a little about your family history?
My Grandma lived in a small village in the countryside in Jamaica with her family, money was scarce, and in 1957 when she was 18 years old, she was sent to England to work for a relative and settled in Derby. She has remained in Derby to this day, having six children; two daughters and four sons, her eldest son being my dad. We are a very close family and see each other often
What was it like growing up for you?
My father is British born Jamaican, and my mother is white British. I have similar characteristics of both of them, but I have taken after my mum in my skin colouring, including my blonde hair and blue eyes! This has never caused me any major issues, however comments were made when I was younger about my hair and this initially upset me, but over the years I have learnt to embrace my looks
Tell us a little about your childhood, any favourite memories?
I have a great family and spend a lot of time with them, we spend Christmas and birthdays together, and I often go to my Grandmas for Sunday dinner. Food always plays a big part in family time and my Grandma is a great cook! One of my favorite memories has to be when when I travelled to Jamaica last year for the first time, with 12 other family members. We spent a lot of time meeting my family in the village where both my Grandma, and so many of my other relatives still live. It was amazing and I can't wait to go back!
What inspired you to pursue a career as a model?
My family and friends encouraged me to apply to become a model and I thank them for their ongoing support
Who is your own personal inspiration?
Again, I would have to say my family and friends inspire me daily, and they make me a better person
Who would you consider to be the most iconic, pivotal or inspirational figure in black history & why?
It has to be Martin Luther King because he risked his life in order to help benefit black people's lives, and did so in a peaceful manner
How important is your heritage to you?
My dual heritage is very important to me. I will always be proud of it and ensure that if I have children, that they will be very aware of their family heritage too
Follow Luke on Instagram: @lvkeforte