Young, gorgeous and full of life, these women have distinct styles which speak wherever and whenever they appear. They are sophisticated and can tell what time it is in the world of fashion. Classy and successful, they have carved a niche for themselves in the style department and enjoy a unique following. They also command influence. They are style icons.They are the queens of glamour
She is one of those celebrities who enjoyed the klieg lights right from her teenage years. As Miss Lux, the then 18-year-old Ibidun Ajayi, an undergraduate of the University of Lagos, graced fashion pages as the queen, who emerged without wearing a bikini.
Ighodalo, who is married to Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of Trinity House Church, is also head of Elizabeth R, an events planning company. Still in her 30s, she spells elegance in a subtle manner. She defines her style as, “I am just a simple person, who wears what makes her comfortable.” An Odion Momuet label freak, she believes style is about carriage. “It is about how you bear your body in what you are wearing. I could go in an Ankara which is worth N1, 500 and everyone would think it costs much more. I could wake up and say, ‘I want a Gucci dress, teamed with a cardigan on it and still look elegant. I always consider comfort in fashion and not the vogue, she says”
She is the pretty wife of Paul Adefarasin, the founder of the House on the Rock church. A former model, she clocked 40 last year and nothing in her stunning figure depicts she is a mother of three. Termed as one of the most glamorous pastors’ wives in the country, you can never beat this fair-skinned beauty to it in the style department.
For former Miss World, Agbani Darego, glamour is like a second skin. The former beauty queen, who won Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2001, represented Nigeria in the 2001 Miss Universe competition, held in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. She placed among the top 10 semi-finalists, finishing seventh. She was the only black semi-finalist that year and the only finalist to wear a maillot as opposed to the more popular bikini. Encouraged by her position at Miss Universe in 2001, Agbani then competed for Miss World, in November 2001 of which she won, becoming the first native Sub-Saharan African to claim the title. Agbani, a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, exudes glamour. The young woman has made appearances at and judged the Miss World, and many international beauty pageants. She also graces popular beauty pageants in Nigeria. In 2002, she relocated to London for two years, where she strutted the catwalks during Fashion Weeks, graced magazine editorials, and clinched distinguished beauty endorsements with international brands.
Born abroad of a Nigerian mother and British father, the popular red carpet host was raised in Nigeria. She left when she was 13 and studied in the United Kingdom. She relocated again to Nigeria in 2010. Eku has featured as a style icon in an environment where every celebrity wants to look gorgeous. She views dressing well as a “huge responsibility.” She says: “Even if I am wearing a bad outfit, I let my hair and skin look nice and let my make-up be on point. When I am doing red carpet, I like to dress with a lot of drama. I dress for designers sometimes, if they want me to dress in one of their pieces and they want it to have a lot of flair, I am not afraid because a part of me always wanted to dress up.”
She is a glamour queen, who is reputed to be one of the best dressed in the Nigerian film industry. Very subtle in her looks, the global brand was selected one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential persons in the world. An actress of note, Omosexy, as she is fondly called, as evolved over the years to be a style icon, and many young ladies look up to her soaring profile. Her stunning figure does not depict she is a mother of four and she has succeeded in dressing round her curves.
Efficiently, she rose to prominence over 12 years ago when she became the youngest wife of billionaire industrialist, Alhaji Rasaq Okoya of the Eleganza fame. A conscientious mother of four, she has since then evolved from a starry-eyed undergraduate at the University of Lagos to a style connoisseur.
Beautiful in more ways than words can describe, the 35-year-old’s style has matured gracefully over the years. A lover of traditional wear, she has a predilection for rare exquisite fabrics only her ilk has the funds for. She reverts to the chic mode where and when necessary. Then, she leans towards a variety of attractive clothes that emphasise her eye-catching frame. She has a habit of leaving mouths agape in wondrous admiration of her style which is bold and in-your-face.Folashade favours bright colours and bogus jewellery made out of priceless precious stones.
Star actress, Genevieve Nnaji’s unending reign within and outside the entertainment sector can easily be linked to her fascinating persona and style. This way, she grabs and retains attention. Slightly petite and dark-skinned, the former Lux beauty soap ambassador has proven many times that she knows her onions when it comes to style. A stickler for perfection when it comes to her overall appearance, she ranks among the best-dressed thespians in Nollywood. This probably explains the endorsements she got recently which includes being appointed the face of a cosmetics brand and an auto brand. Whether it is an evening dress or a pair of jean and top, she forms the cynosure of eyes wherever she goes. The single mother of one has good posture that adds more charm to her glamorous nature. In her 30s, her distinct style varies and can be described as edgy. A few years ago, she launched St Genevieve, a clothing line, which donates its proceeds to charity.
Turning 40 two years ago was a major milestone in Karen Koshoni’s life. Celebrating big, it was yet another occasion to flaunt her sensational looks. Stylish in the true sense of the word, Karen’s glamourised world is one that has earned her the admiration of many.
Apart from the fact that she knows what time it is in the world of fashion, she has a svelte figure that enhances her style. Married to Patrick Koshoni for many years, her sister, Lisa Folawiyo is the creative head of Jewel by Lisa, a multi-faceted global womenswear and accessories collection that has perfected the art of wearing Ankara through the use of ornate embellishment.
A medical practitioner, Vivian Oputa is specialist in aesthetic medicine, surgery and dermatology. A through bred professional, she is the medical director of DermaCare Medical Ltd. and Clinical Director of the Clover Medical Company Beverly Hills, USA. A doctor with a difference, the expert in anti-aging medicine has a stunning style not for the faint-hearted. Always immaculately turned out in nice-looking attire, the risk-taker wears what many her age dread and she comes out looking great. Graceful in her appearance and carriage, she never has a bad hair day or a bad clothes day. Her jet set look can only be adjudged as glamorous.
Milliner, Tiwa Ukeje is one of the daughters of the now deceased Chief TOS Benson. Now married to Uche Ukeje, the mother of three is a lesson in style and glamorous looks. In her 30s, her slim silhouette makes it difficult to believe she has made three trips to the labour room. Tiwa’s style is chic and sexy and she loves to wear black. Pretty and light-skinned, her demure looks is endearing just as it attracts positive comments everywhere she goes. She has a carriage that announces her presence in any room and to top it all, her presence is just what many people clamour for.