Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Why Nigerian Celebs Look Bad On The Red Carpet- Anonymous Celeb Writes

Aww this is to people who are fast to drop comments on blog slamming celebrities by asking them to get a stylist or sit their butt home if they don’t know how to look good. One of them have written to thenet.ng saying it is not easy and wants you to think twice about slamming them. Anyway, the anonymous celeb is not asking for your pity, but has listed why and why some celebs might never look good as you expect. Sit back, grab a bottle of coke and enjoy. Too bad the anonymous celeb called an actress out who is alleged to have flaunted over 6 different Hermes Birkin bags! Those bags cost roughly $14,000 per bag. So she bought them all? *Blank stare*the anonymous celeb asked. You will enjoy it, just sit back and relax, Hehehe…


I was watching Nike Oshinowo’s new TV show and in the first episode she said something that made me chuckle. It was something along the lines of ‘it takes a village to get me to look like this’. I smiled. Thank God someone is telling the truth!

I often shake my head when I read the comments sections of Nigerian blogs where men and women criticize celebrities’ fashion sense and fling the words ‘Get a stylist! She needs a stylist!’ Do you think it’s easy???

As someone in the public eye, I try to look good. Sometimes I look good and sometimes I don’t. And I really do try!

First of, there are not up to 10 GOOD stylists in Nigeria – I don’t know why. The fashion industry is growing rapidly but the number of GOOD stylists remains small.

The average GOOD stylist charges as much as N50, 000 per look! (Take for example Bubu Ogisi). And that’s just the outfit. So if a big event like the AMVCA is coming up and you call on a stylist- you pay N50, 000 for the outfit that he/she will get for you. It might or might not include shoes. You have to return the clothes after the event.

Then you have to do hair and makeup, which let’s say costs N15, 000 if you go to the salon to do the hair and then go to the makeup artiste’s studio.

For example MUDD or Shomya - If you want them to come to you, they will charge you double for home service! Theodora of Doranne Beauty charges N25,000 and up for hair and makeup.
Some stylists like Veronica Odeka ask you to put them on a monthly retainer – the last time I asked how much she charges was 2012. The rate at that time was N200, 000 per month. The good thing was it would cover all events, photo-shoots and even a wardrobe overhaul. Again, this depends on how many events you attend. Note that this was back in 2012. I heard her star client Genevieve Nnaji pays her more.
Speaking of Genny, how many movies has she been in recently? How does she afford all her designer this and that and all her fabulous trips abroad? I’m asking! Biko show us the way! Her new fashion line seems to be doing well – but she just started!

It’s 2015, who knows how much it is to get Veronica to style me now? I did not have money then and though I can afford it now, I refuse to be giving someone 200k every month! So I have been styling myself from Day 1!

Lets do the math! 40k per outfit + Hair & Makeup (studio or home service) – Between 65k to 85k PER EVENT!!!

OR N200, 000 + every month!!

Let’s be honest, how many Nigerian female stars can afford this?...

Please let’s not get into how some female celebs flaunt designer stuff online all the time. Half the time, their money isn’t from their craft. (I won’t get into that today). The likes of Chika Ike who actually take vacations every three months and buy all these designer things – what exactly do they do for a living apart from being celebrities?

We also know the ones who flaunt very good imitations (I see you, Mercy Aigbe). The pretty actress has been seen rocking 6 different Hermes Birkin bags! Those bags cost roughly $14,000 per bag! So she bought them all? *Blank stare*...

Unfortunately the red carpet is important. It helps with image, helps with awareness of your brand and generally reminds your fans, foes, colleagues and brand managers that you are around. Appearing on the red carpet has helped a lot of careers. Look at Toke Makinwa, Uti Nwachukwu and Zainab Balogun. They appear often on the red carpet and they look good. They also have endorsement deals. They are making money.

Let’s address other things like logistics. You are dressed and you arrive at the venue. Most of the time, this venue is Eko Hotel. If you are driving yourself, you meander around the hotel until you find parking – or your driver does. Then you walk to the red carpet.

It is HOT! No jokes! It’s HOT, there is no AC or Fan and you are sweaty and our Nigerian photographers don’t care! If you have been in the game for a while, you will know some of these guys by name. So you ask them to wait while you quickly dab your face and adjust your outfit. Your outfit is now probably wrinkled (depending on the fabric) from sitting in your car.

Some of the photographers don’t listen and just snap away. They will not even tell you if it looks good or not. Thank God for photographers like Kola Oshalusi who take their time to get good shots.

Many photographers do not know how to photograph from the right angles. Sometimes when you see your pic on the blogs the next day, you almost weep! Some of the female celebs that look terrible in photos from red carpets actually look good on their Instagram pages in the same outfit with the same hair and makeup. For example Waje - She usually posts a picture of her outfit on Instagram before she hits the red carpet, when you see the picture on the blogs the next day, you wonder if it’s the same person! Sometimes, I think blog editors pick the not so flattering pictures of celebs so that they can get heckled in the comments section. Anything for clicks!

Speaking of angles, you do know that stars in Hollywood actually have been taught how to pose on the red carpet by experts right?! We have no such experts here!

So sometimes, celebs get creative. You dress yourself from your closet or get a designer to make or borrow you an outfit.

Sometimes, you just have to make do with what you are given.

That’s just getting ready for an event.

If you are not naturally slender like me, you have to work out constantly or resort to body magic or both. You have to eat healthy- this is not easy all the time and it’s not cheap in Nigeria. Abroad, there are a plethora of nutritionists, aestheticians, plastic surgeons and personal trainers to ensure that the stars look their best.

Uzi (Celebrity trainer) charges over N100, 000 per month. Ponle (Another trainer) charges over $100 per workout session.

We all know with N500, if you buy rice and meat from a buka – you will eat well. N500 cannot buy you a salad! It might buy you some miserable looking carrots and cucumbers. That’s it!

A facial at a good spa costs at least N12,000....

I made enquiries at a dentist’s office; I wanted to whiten my teeth. I was told it costs N80, 000. Just to whiten – not to get a new set of teeth!

I’m not making excuses. I just want you to think about these things and know that IT IS NOT EASY! So think twice before you type ‘get a stylist’.

It is a LOT of hardwork and dedication! I duff my hat to the women who almost always look good – The Genevieves, Tokes and Nike Oshinowos- these women have spent a fortune and it shows!


I’ll be back with more write-ups as an industry insider. Thanks for reading.

42 comments:

  1. Abegii,this story dey too longii,Ladunni

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    1. learn to read. Haba! Nigerians are so lazy.

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  2. Story! Story! Why anonymous? Is that person the new Etcetra? Let that person go and sit down joor.


    @iyke via Airtel SIM

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    1. I smell Linda Ikeji all over this write up.

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  3. Lmao it is nt beans to b a celeb

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  4. Lol....@Mercy aigbe...busted again!!



    Yes.... See my @Toke...@Genny and @Nike .....dressing right!!!




    Good night people
    God wake us all up bright n early


    @Galore

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  5. Listening to inspiration FM mid night show with lovely @Ego.....ds girl voice dey make me "cum"





    @Galore

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  6. Good talk in deed,truth from a hidden scene.

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  7. Alot of things de here to comment but i pick are this actress making this money the are squandering from movie scene or what but is good to eat am while ur still alive? Speechless for now.

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  8. Poster, your head is correct! But Mercy Aigbe's Hermes bags are imitations not real.

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    1. Thats the only one u will see. From this long write up. Your heart is evil Only to see bad things There are so many people she commended, but all u see is to call out someones hermes bags.

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  9. i can't read dix finish o..anyway na den sabi..@spicebrox@gmail.com LLB FRIDAY WINNER

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  10. i can't read dix finish o..anyway na den sabi..@spicebrox@gmail.com LLB FRIDAY WINNER

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  11. i can't read dix finish o..anyway na den sabi..@spicebrox@gmail.com LLB FRIDAY WINNER

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  12. We need to know celebs are human too, Mercy Aigbe I see you

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  13. i can't read dix finish o..anyway na den sabi..@spicebrox@gmail.com LLB FRIDAY WINNER

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  14. Looking good is good business but don't borrow pose because you want to look good and impress people.

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  15. What u said is the truth. But our problem in Nigeria is dat most of our gals spend more than they end and always competing among themselves. One should learn how to cut his or her coat according to her size. as for the Hermes bags, I got 3 of them but it's not this expensive ones ooooo and that's the one some of them uses. They big size us abt 55to60k and the small size is abt 40 to45 k. the likes of chika and cos know how they make their monies. All I'm saying is that if u got good fashion sense, you don't need to spend millions to look good at all.

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    1. True. Ive never believed in stylists and even make up artists. Becos my body has been mine sine i was born and mine till forever and ever. Asides my creator, i m thebest person to know what makeup works for me, and the sort of clothes that work for me. Sylist ko stylist ni. Though i could get help if im busy from a wardrobe consultant , but it wont be a periodic thing.

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  16. She is right to a great extent. Visit Www.Organics11.com and my youtube channel at 'My designer collection True'. Hermes bags have different price ranges e.g the 'to go'...

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  17. This anonymous person didn't have to go there by calling out some celebs and where they get their money from.

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    1. My dear , she did well. If we are to protect and preserve our moral values, and protect the values we want to install in our young girls, daughters born, or unborn.
      Otherwise, people like dabita lawson, and other aristo babes will be intimidating innocent hardworking, (without one big old man). Young ladies making a decent income. Its mad, the way young girls flaunt bags, shoes etc and not career achievements on top of aristo money. Andtrips to london, singapore. Its bad enuf what they are doing, but to be flaunting it is just plain corrupt morals. Aunty lamide take note

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  18. Eeyaa
    @ mercy aiyegbe: loool, fake it till u make it.... @ genevieve nd chika ike: Runz tins....

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  19. Want to know how to earn that extra income monthly? Its easy, all you need do is click on the link below. https://www.earnrealpay.net/aff/go/portable

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  20. You dont need to overdressed when you are attending a red carpet event.Just look simple that's all.

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  21. Mercy don enter am

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  22. Even if they make their money thru ritual, na ur body dem use? Work on ur carrier or find something else to do and stop calling names plz. Jobless writer

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  23. If you truly want any designer bag or a gorgeous dress for any event, hook me up on 73D350D4. You will be amazed by my level of discretion, professionalism and taste.

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  24. U were making sense until u started mentioning names,abeg leave my Mercy biko,fake or original,shes always representing,u sef goan buy fake and represent na,y dint u mention ur own name,if u were so sure of urself..u dey find pity party nd yet dragging ur colleagues name in d mud,mscheww,if they curse u now,u'll start ranting...some of una will sha behave like a product from a broken condom,Rubbish.

    Shawnty

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  25. truth. but one doesn't have to spend all that money to look good

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  26. Even if mercy's things are imitations, she sure carries them way better than people who carry the original stuff. I'll choose mercy aigbe's sense of style (everything about what she wears) over chika's or tonto's. Me love Linda ikeji's sense of dressing too, that momma is as sexy as wtf, I duff my hat for toke ayida, she's one of the best. #overandout

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  27. good stuff. i enjoyed reading this. im glad you are anonymous. and i wont call you out on the naming and shaming- we all say stuff we shouldn't say when we are anonymous (and it made the read more interesting).

    keep it up. no matter what people say, you have enlightened us. (and we all kinda guessed @the people u named and shamed)

    ohhhh you are right, toke is just soooo glam! lol

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  28. hi, the writer kept talking about it being more expensive to be a celebrity in Naija, does she think having a personal trainer is cheap in the US, PLEASE stick to what you know, it is expensive to go to the spa here, you might have an array, but the celebrities outside Naija pay a lot to look nice too

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  29. The real question is; why do we feel the need to do all this to impress people?

    http://hawttalkwithtosan.blogspot.ca/2015/01/workout-wednesday_21.html

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  30. The real question is; why do we feel the need to do all this to impress people?

    http://hawttalkwithtosan.blogspot.ca/2015/01/workout-wednesday_21.html

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  31. The lot that look bad either don't have a personal style or can't shop right for their body/closet. There are everyday people who dress up really good and fancy, they don't have personal stylists or a big fat account to wear luxury fashion pieces or hire fashion stylists but because they understand their body and what works well to flatter them, they look good in almost anything, whether affordable or outrageously expensive.

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