Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The fairytale story of the Nigerian bread-maker turned fashion model

Grab a tissue, this is a tear-jerker.

Olajumoke Orisauguna rags to riches story is really heartwarming.

A bread maker in a market bakery, the 27 year old unsuspectingly walked onto the set of British-Nigerian rapper Tinie Tempah's This Day Style magazine photo shoot and became an extra purely by coincidence.

This is what transpired according photographer Ty Bello:

"Some people asked her to leave the set and others asked to stay, I signaled if it was OK to take her photograph and she agreed and I pressed on my shutter so she could move ahead...I was wrong to have to paid her such little attention. Every frame with her in it was perfect. I had found a second subject in Tinnie's story"

The attention from Ola's shoot was astounding. Yes Tinie looked good and all but people were in awe of this beautiful goddess gracefully balancing that heavy load of bread on her head. Who was this star?

The buzz from the shoot caused the photographer to search for her and proving that this chance meeting was destined to be - they found her.  Activate transformation from bread hawker to beauty queen.

Ty Bello decided to capture her story and called in industry favors from top professionals in Lagos - Bimpe Onakaya who represents Maybelline Nigeria and Zubby a leading hairstylist.

Now let's pause to acknowledge how mind blowing all this must have been for her? I would have passed out. Keep in mind that Olajumoke's story is quite remarkable. "A hairstylist from Ire in Osun state she was not making enough profit between she and her husband, a sliding door installer from the same village" says Ty Bello.

She continued on "In order to take care of her young two children, at the invitation of a distant relative who knew someone operating a bakery, she relocated to Lagos with their 14 month old daughter to give bread hawking a try. She left her husband and an older 5 year old behind"

The shoot was just the beginning of her amazing journey in the limelight. "We all decided that the makeover would be incomplete if it ended at the studio. Everyone started to reach out to their contacts and through Bimpe we were able to get her a meeting with Ugo the pioneer of Make-me salon"


That gorgeous headpiece that she's wearing? It was made from scratch with a gold bangles and a broach.

God is good ain't He! Jumoke's life story just give me goosebumps. A chance meeting resulted in a magazine cover, an internship, a modeling contract and a job! Slay Girl!

So happy for success. dreams really do come true.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Photo of the Day

Love this fierce photo from W magazine in the March 2016 issue.

Angolan beauty Maria Borges sizzles  as the iconic Beverly Johnson, the first African-American to appear on the cover of Vogue.

Photo by @InezandVinoodh
Styled by @Edward_Enninful

Dry Natural Hair? Here Are The Best Body Natural Oils For Your Mane

Natural hair oils are my jam!

They are great for lubricating & moisturizing natural hair and they work really well as deep conditioners. Over the past 4 years I have learnt so much about natural hair and how to take care of it and I love sharing my finds. Let me add this - I am not a hairstylist, I just share what works for me :) So if you are looking for some bomb natural hair oils check out my list below.

1. Coconut oil
My sister Erica introduced me to coconut oil and after doing my research on it I have to agree with her- it's kinda awesome. It's a great conditioner, in fact you  can use the oil on your hair before washing. According to Black Girl Long Hair "cleansing your hair with shampoo is important because it washes away hair products, dirt, pollution and anything else that's gotten stuck to your hair during the week."  Make sure to buy the pure coconut oil without any additional chemical ingredients.

2. Jojoba oil
Pure jojoba oil is great because it's pretty much identical to sebum, the oil our scalp naturally produces. It's non-greasy, easily absorbed in the hair and scalp and gives your hair a healthy glow.

3. Olive oil
This is my personal favorite, every time I wash my hair I use olive oil. It nourishes my hair, is really inexpensive and helps to improve the strength and elasticity of hair.

From Black Girl Long Hair: Here's a simple DIY olive oil treatment that you can do at home!

  • Warm about a half a cup of olive oil in a microwaveable bowl or cup. The olive oil should be warm but not hot to the touch. If you have fine hair or prefer a lighter treatment, add coconutsweet almond or jojoba oil.
  • Pour one tablespoon of the olive oil mixture into the palm of your hands.
  • Starting with your scalp, massage the oil into your hair in a circular motion using your fingertips. Finish by massaging the tips of your hair.
  • Place your oil-drenched hair into a shower cap or wrap it with plastic wrap.
  • Let the olive oil sit for between 5–45 minutes, then rinse and shampoo as usual.
What are some of your favorite natural hair oils?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What Lupita Nyong'o wore on the Today Show

How lovely does Lupita Nyong'o look? She wore this figure hugging Micheal Kors dress on the Today Show this morning. The beautiful actress was on the show to promote her play "Eclipsed" which begins it run on Broadway soon.

 While on the Today Show Stars Wars: The Force Awakens actress weighed in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. She said "it’s a symptom of something else. What we are asking for is really for more stories to be told. For inclusion in the stories that are told. I think that it’s good for all of us when we hear a diverse number of stories and are able to experience more diversity. It’s more reflective of the world we live in."

True that!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

La La Anthony to co-produce Danai Gurira's Broadway play "Eclipsed"

La La Anthony is starting  her 2016 off with  a major bang.

After conquering TV, radio and movies - La La announced that she is joining the producing team of "Eclipsed." Written by Zimbabwean - American actress Danai Gurira, the gripping drama was presented earlier this season at the Public Theater where it earned rave reviews and led to the Broadway move.

Here's a brief synposis of Eclipsed

"Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making."

 Mrs. Carmelo Anthony shared a touching post on Instagram about her new gig!

Congrats Lala!

Eclipsed is slated to begin previews February 23 at the Shubert Organization’s John Golden Theatre and open on March 6, with a limited run through June 19.

Go Girl! : Zendaya Is The Newest Face of CoverGirl!

It's no secret that at the tender age of 19, Zendaya is a style icon. She kills it every time she does a shoot or steps out on the red carpet. So it comes as no surprise that Covergirl just tapped the young star to their latest face, adding to a roster of incredible women like Queen Latifah, Janelle Monae, P!nk, and Ellen Degeneres.
“Covergirl celebrates powerful, beautiful, and strong women of different races and ethnicities. It’s inspiring. I’m thrilled to be part of the diversity and expansion of beauty.” SLAY Zendaya!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tyler Perry Announces New Movie: ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’

Hellurrrr, Madea is back and in full effect!

Tyler Perry Studios announced today they have have started production on “Boo! A Madea Halloween” with Lionsgate. The comedy will be released on Oct. 21 and Tyler Perry will write, produce, direct and star.

Yessss to all those checks TP!

Per the press release:

The film's origins date back to when Perry and Chris Rock conspired to include a fictitious Madea Halloweenmovie in Rock's film Top Five. Lionsgate then approached Perry and suggested that they make the movie for real.
In Boo! A Madea Halloween, Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
Production is underway in Atlanta at the Tyler Perry Studios. Can't wait to see it!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Quote of the Day - Viola Davis

Viola Davis looks like a million bucks on the cover of Elle Magazine. That smile, that afro, that glorious skin, she looks so beautiful. 

The issue hits newsstands tomm 1/13.

I love this quote from her:

"We've been fed a whole slew of lies about women." By TV standards, "if you are anywhere above a size 2, you're not having sex. You don't have sexual thoughts. You may not even have a vagina. And if you're of a certain age, you're off the table." - Viola Davis