Glam Africa: The Lockdown Edition (2020)

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We hope you’re comfortable because there’s plenty to look forward to in this issue. From stay-at-home style inspo to self-care tips, our introductory ‘Lockdown 101’ section has got you covered with everything you need to turn that isolation frown upside-down. What more could you need – beauty secrets, healthy eating tips? Look no further because it’s all right here. I hope you’re ready for a truly immersive reading experience (grab some tea and biscuits now if you need to), because every single page was carefully curated with the intention of lifting your spirits. From all of us here at Glam Africa, this edition is our love letter to you.

SPECIAL EDITION MAY 2020

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THE LOCKDOWN EDITION

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CONTENTS

THE LOCKDOWN EDITION

FASHION & STYLE

14-15 Lockdown 101: Your

Self-Isolation Style Guide

49-54 Onyii Bekeh: Through

The Looking Glass

BEAUTY

23 Editorial: The Season To

Ripen & Reap Has Arrived

29-30 Men & Skincare: A

Love-Hate Relationship

32 A Zoom With A View

FEATURES

18-21 Lockdown 101:

Parenting in the Time of

Coronavirus

34-38 Nini Amerlise: All The

World’s A Stage

42-47 Jackie Appiah: A Heart

Made of Gold

56-60 Kelvin Vincent:

Confessions of a Celebrity

Stylist

62-68 Desirée Henry: The

Sliver Linings Playbook

LIFESTYLE

16-17 Lockdown 101: Self-care

Tips For Surviving The Times

69 Healthy Eating: 5 Ways to

Incorporate More Vegetables

Into Your Diet

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TEAM

LETTER

When I was growing up, my dad would

always say that too much work does not

kill, it is lack of work that kills. So when the

stay-at-home order hit a few weeks ago,

I knew it was time to brace for perhaps

the most unusual and unprecedented

period in most of our lifetimes. As much

as I’d love to go on about how the past

few weeks have been such a shock to my

system that I spontaneously burst into

tears at least once a week, the overall

truth is that I’m just grateful to have a

roof over my head, some food in the

fridge, and to be in an industry in which

I can work without necessarily having to

leave my house (at least to an extent).

If you’re like me, you’ve spent the past

month and a half catching up on your

favourite TV shows, scrolling through

Instagram, cooking, eating, sleeping,

and waking up just to repeat the process.

But the truth is that as much as I’ve

enjoyed the extra time to do nothing,

it’s important to keep active - to feel

busy. So when we got the green light to

begin working on Glam Africa’s first ever

exclusively digital edition, I couldn’t have

been more excited. Finally, something to

focus my energy, an excuse to get creative,

plus a much-needed distraction from...

shall we say, current affairs? Now that

we’re done for the quarter, and despite

the many sleepless nights, I can honestly

say that I’m a little sad, but happy that

we finally get to share this extra-special

edition with the world.

Putting The Lockdown Edition together

was not an easy thing to do (my brother

yelling at his friends over Fortnite

everyday in the next room certainly

didn’t help to speed things along). But

Glam Africa is blessed to have a team

full of hardworking individuals, who

are all committed to showcasing African

lifestyle, and African people, in a unique

way. This is true across the board, from our

uber-talented in-house contributors like

Chisom, Sasha and Joy, to our esteemed

CEO Chioma, whose dedication and

drive you can’t help but want to do justice

to. If nothing else stands out, I hope the

passion we all poured into this edition

catches your eye, although I’m willing to

bet you won’t stop there.

I hope you’re comfortable because there’s

plenty to look forward to in this issue.

From stay-at-home style inspo to selfcare

tips, our introductory ‘Lockdown

101’ section has got you covered with

everything you need to turn that isolation

frown upside-down. If you’re stuck at

home with a youngin’ or two, you might

even pick up some tips and tricks on

how to finesse the lockdown as a parent.

Welcome to your new masterclass!

I’m particularly excited to share our

features section with you, our readers,

which of course is brimming with black

excellence! Forget the lockdown, because

Glam Africa is taking you on a world

tour. First off, allow us to introduce

you to Canadian supermodel Nini

Amerlise, whose pre-lockdown trip to

the motherland to reconnect with her

African roots produced one of her most

personal style stories to date.

Still dealing with some residual Year of

Return/Afronation withdrawals? Well,

thanks to multiple award-winning stylist

Kelvin Vincent, we’re taking you back to

Ghana to uncover some of the secrets of

the red-carpet game, as he breaks down

the greatest lessons he’s learned as a stylist

to some of Africa’s biggest stars. With

credits including the likes of Joselyn,

Efya, Becca, Zynnell and Juliet, it might

be easier to list A-listers he hasn’t worked

with, as opposed to the ones he has.

Also making her Glam Africa debut, I

caught up with my new friend Desirée

Henry via email to talk everything from

the Tokyo Olympics to overcoming

adversity as an athlete. Boasting

Guyanese and Antiguan ancestry,

Desirée is an official Adidas Ambassador,

and has competed everywhere from the

Olympics to the World Championships.

However, as I’m sure you know, the road

to success doesn’t come without setbacks.

But I won’t spoil that for you now. I highly

recommend you read her remarkable

story for yourself.

Of course Nigeria makes a slick

appearance with an extra-special

editorial, courtesy of Lagos’ reigning

queen of fashion content, Onyii Bekeh,

and one of my all-time favourite

photographers, Mikey Oshai - a deadly

pairing if ever I saw one. Showing off

designs from treasured Nigerian brands

ATAFO and CLAN, the word is Opulence

with a capital oop!

Which brings us to the pièce de

résistance: our cover story with Ghana’s

most beloved actress-cum-philanthropist

Jackie Appiah. I sat down with Jackie

in April to reflect on the past twenty

years of her career, as well as some of

the major moments, both onscreen and

in real-life, that made her a household

name. Titled ‘A Heart Made of Gold’,

the story is brought to life with a regal

photo set, masterminded by two forces

to be reckoned with, Gilbert Asante and

Moshoodat (good luck trying not to gasp

for air when you open page 43).

What more could you need - beauty

secrets, healthy eating tips? Look no

further because it’s all right here. I

hope you’re ready for a truly immersive

reading experience (grab some tea and

biscuits now if you need to), because

every single page was carefully curated

with the intention of lifting your spirits.

This edition is our love letter to you.

From all of us here at Glam Africa, stay

safe, and stay at home!

Eniafe Momodu

Managing Editor

Glam Africa Magazine

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Glam Africa presents

lockdown 101

Stay-at-home Chic: Your Self-Isolation Style Guide

The Big 5: Community Guidelines

Self-care Tips for Surviving the Times

Parenting in the Time of Coronavirus

Welcome to your new masterclass


FASHION & STYLE

‘Stay-at-home Chic’

YOUR SELF-

ISOLATION

STYLE GUIDE

By Chisom Winifred

lockdown 101

We all had exciting things planned for this

year, but 2020 is steady teaching us to sit

home and be humble. And now that we’ve

all said a temporary goodbye to the outside

world, we’ve also said goodbye to those sunkissed

selfies and restaurant foodie snaps.

But just because you can’t go out doesn’t

mean you have to spend your entire week

in pyjamas and a ruffled hoodie. Whether

you live in a mansion, flat or bungalow,

here are a few ways you can play around

with different looks, even when confined to

your own four walls.

The Lounge Around Look... We already

know she never misses, but Temi Otedola

nailed it with this stay-at-home living room

look, proving that lounging around can be

just as fabulous as going out. Comfortable,

chic and Instagram-perfect, all you need

is a pair of stylish bottoms and a brightcoloured

top to lift your spirits.

The Garden Party Ensemble... If you’re

lucky enough to have some garden space,

don’t take it for granted! Style goddess

Fisayo Longe is showing us how it’s done

in this playful picnic look. Tired of the

indoors? Grab your housemates on a

sunny day and take the opportunity to play

backyard dress up.

The Bedroom Attire... Your bedroom is

your sanctuary, a home within your home,

and a safe space devoid of judgement.

Kiitan came through with this wholesome

bedroom look, keeping it cute and comfy in

a plain white tee with a colourful, patterned

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The Home Workout Apparel... Just because you can’t pop into

Virgin Active doesn’t mean you have to go full renegade on

your 2020 fitness goals, and if you want to look stylish while

you work out, Grandy’s super chic orange co-ord will give you

all the motivation you need.

The FaceTime Date Fit... Face-to-face time with bae is super

important and, just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean

you can’t give you significant other something to yearn for.

Beverly Naya looks date-night ready with some sunshine and a

sip of wine. We love!

lockdown 101

THE BIG 5

COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

By Eniafe Momodu

1. WASH YOUR HANDS

Hand-washing has been scientifically

proven to reduce the rate of infection

and help flatten the curve. Wash

your hands regularly with soap and

water for about 20 seconds. Carry

a sanitiser too, if you can, and refrain

from touching your face like your life

depends on it, because it might.

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2. STAY INDOORS

Only go out if it’s absolutely necessary,

for example to pick up essentials like

food and medicine. If you have the

option to get things delivered, utilise it.

Don’t visit anyone! And sorry lovebirds,

that means your girlfriends, boyfriends

and non-binary-friends too. Remember

kids, FaceTime is your friend!

3. DON’T BE A HOARDER

All those toilet paper panic buyers are

looking pretty silly in retrospect now that

it’s clear food and other supplies aren’t

running out anytime soon. Stick to your

normal shopping habits. If everybody

tries to hoard, some people will get

nothing. Don’t be an ass!

4. DON’T SHARE FAKE NEWS

That’s right, stay away from unverified

rumours, 5G conspiracy theories and

pretty much anything you received

via WhatsApp. Refrain from sharing

information, data and especially LINKS

from untrustworthy sources. Remember,

misinformation costs lives, and factchecking

is a moral obligation.

5. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

Take the situation seriously, but

don’t panic and get people riled

up and anxious unnecessarily. Your

apocalyptic, end-times thinkpieces and

anti-vax propaganda probably aren’t

helping anyone either.. However, don’t

over-correct by being too lax. That devilmay-care

attitude isn’t cute, and putting

people’s lives in danger by disobeying

social distancing rules doesn’t make

you edgy or interesting.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Self-care tips for

SURVIVING THE TIMES

By Chioma Onwutalobi

Allow me to paint you a picture - you’re a few weeks into the lockdown, the initial

novelty and excitement has all but worn off, you’ve breezed through all the best

Netflix shows, you’ve piled on a few pounds, and your sleeping routine is virtually nonexistent!

We get it, self-isolation has thrown us all a little out of balance, but sooner

or later we’ll all have to pick ourselves up again and regain a sense of normalcy.

Whether you’re ready now or need another week or two, you know Glam Africa

has always got you covered. Here are our self-care tips for surviving the times:

1. MAKE A

ROUTINE

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It is

more important

than ever to create a

routine and start planning

your days in advance. This means

sleeping, waking up, eating and

exercising at set times (within reason,

of course). Unstructured days could lead

to boredom, laziness and reluctance to

make decisions. Where possible, aim

to mimic your typical day routine,

and maybe allow yourself the

weekends to break schedule

and go rogue once in a

while.

2. KEEP

ACTIVE


5. BE

POSITIVE

Staying

at home does

not have to mean being

socially disconnected. Keep

in touch with friends and family

via phone calls, text messages and

social media. If you’re in a position to

do so, try and be of service, lend a

well-sanitised hand to those in need

(but from a distance). Get creative

and take advantage of the

opportunities technology

has to offer.

4. STAY

CONNECTED

Remember

to stay positive,

cut yourself some slack

and don’t beat yourself

up when things aren’t going

perfectly in your home. Try to

reflect on more important things,

and if that starts to get difficult,

come back to this page and

read again from

number 1.

Staying

home all day with

NO exercise could have

you feeling weak and inert.

Keeping active is a great way to

stay healthy (physically and mentally)

while killing some time too. You can even

work out virtually with friends via apps

like Houseparty and FaceTime (this could

motivate you even more to stick to your

chosen regimen). Not a huge fan of

workouts? Try dance fitness or

another alternative, as long

as it keeps you

moving.

You

finally have the

time to give yourself

some much-needed selfcare,

so what’s your excuse

this time? Treat yourself to an

in-house spa day, mani-pedis or

even prepare yourself a warm

bubble bath. You deserve

some TLC, and who better

to give it to you than

you?

3. TREAT

YOURSELF

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lockdown 101

PARENTING

IN THE

TIME OF

CORONAVIRUS

BY SASHA ENE

As the lockdown continues in the UK, many of us

are spending a lot more time at home with our kids

and families than we’re used to. Last month, Glam

Africa caught up with some of our favourite parents

to find out how they’re coping with the lockdown,

balancing work with family life. Looking for some

expert tips on surviving the lockdown as a parent?

Keep reading to find out what they had to say.

Lynda, 39

Global Startups Mentor at Microsoft and mother

to 3-year-old Yann-Loic and 2-year old Matteo

......................................................................................

As a mum of two lovely boys who are full of

energy, this lockdown has unlocked skills beyond

my imagination. As mothers, we are always

multitasking, but there is nothing like having to

change and adjust your work and family lifestyle

so drastically. I am fortunate to have a garden,

so I have been creative and turned the entire

backyard into a real-time nursery. I used my son’s

daily journal of activities from the kindergarten

as a source of inspiration to create a fun and

interactive space for my boys. I have a set of

activities arranged for the kids every day, such as

crafts, painting, music time, cooking time, bike,

dancing, trying to keep them entertained and

making sure that they are stimulated and learning

new things. My friends and I have created a group,

where we daily share activities of our kids and

exchange ideas on how to keep them busy. We also

joke, share positive vibes and support each other.


Kandi, 31

Doctor, founder of Kara Bloom Clothing and

mother to 2-year old Amara and 1-year old Elijah

......................................................................................

Going into this period I was juggling so much

(family, husband, home, work, business, exams)

and it was insane! I was experiencing a fear of

slowing down in case things fail - but really there

was only so long I could have kept that up for!

Coronavirus has been a wake up call in so many

ways, but personally I’m embracing the change -

it has allowed me to recalibrate and focus on the

things that matter, instead of dividing my time

inefficiently. It has certainly renewed my sense of

gratitude, especially for my loved ones and their

safety in this difficult time. Although coronavirus

has turned things on its head, I try not to let

the structure and boundaries (mainly bedtime

routine and habits) go out the window, because I

really do need it to stay sane. Protected evenings

with my husband have always been so important!

That being said, in every other department I’ve

accepted that things are a little out of my control

and a go-with-the-flow attitude is important to

reduce anxiety for everyone!

Elizabeth

IT Consultant, Fashion designer and

mother to a 9-year-old Khloè

......................................................................................

At the beginning it was hard, because it was a new

routine of trying to work from home and doing

homeschooling. Now we have settled well into the

new timetable and we all got our own desks and

laptops for work and school lessons. My husband

and I take homeschooling in turns, depending

on who is better at what subject and who is not

on a conference call at the time. My daughter

is at the stage now, where her Math is getting a

bit tricky for me and I do let her know that I do

not understand it. I think it gives her confidence

that it is ok not to know everything but there are

ways to find the answer like ask dad for help, or

do research online, for example. I would advise

parents to use all the resources - BBC Bitesize,

Youtube, your aunties, uncles and any help you

can get.

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Henry, 30

Primary school teacher and father

to 1-year old Jean Paul Romeo

......................................................................................

Having a positive mindset towards this whole

situation has really helped me: knowing I’m

spending more quality time with my family,

knowing this pandemic will end, knowing I’m

not in the worst position I could be. I try not

to take for granted that I still have got my job,

that I can work and make money, or even that

I have a garden for my son to play in. Having a

positive mindset is so important. What keeps me

going? My family, outdoor space, keeping myself

busy with home workouts, baking, work, zoom

meetings with friends, online shopping - the

list is endless. I would advise parents, and dads

especially, to really cherish these moments at

home. Working long hours during the week, you

can feel isolated away from your family and not

seeing the development of your children. Staying

at home has sort of given me a new perspective on

family and a bonding opportunity with my son.

Dami, 30

IT engineer and father to 1-month old Grace

......................................................................................

I’ve been coping pretty well so far, and having my

mother-in-law around has been a great help. She,

my wife and I are sharing the responsibilities of

looking after Grace, and I’m quite happy that I

get to work from home and can give my wife the

support she needs. Knowing we have the support

of family has been a great help, and having a

daughter to care for. My advice for other parents

would be to try and keep a positive mindset, get

as much rest as you can (especially if you have a

baby in the house), and talk to someone if you feel

stressed out about anything.

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Nkem, 30

Management consultant and father

to 1-month-old Lola

......................................................................................

I’m coping well enough...I think. Thankfully, I’ve

been able to work from home. Also, my team has

been very understanding and I have created a

schedule to help me maintain a balance between

work and home life. As a new father, seeing

my daughter every day really keeps me going.

Even though we are in unprecedented times, my

daughter, my wife, family and friends give me

plenty of reasons for me to stay positive. I can’t

wait for the lockdown to end and to spend time

with them all again - that thought keeps me going.

I understand parenting can be stressful at the best

of times, not to mention during a pandemic. My

advice would be to communicate with others.

More often than not, a problem shared is a

problem halved. You’d be surprised how much a

good conversation can help.

Philo

Event planner and mother to

7-year old Aydon

......................................................................................

We are doing really well and keeping busy, it

was hard at first juggling homeschooling and

concentrating on my work. My son needs to be

kept engaged so it’s been challenging. Now we

have a routine, he has his lessons planned and

we work alongside one another so it works well.

We are doing a lot of DIY projects as a family -

painting, building and doing small jobs around

the house. My son loves baking, so we have made

a lot of cakes and cupcakes to fill time, plus he is

also working on a YouTube channel. On Friday we

basically turned our house into a nightclub and

my son taught us viral TikTok dances. Keeping

busy is keeping us sane! My advice to other

parents would be to take each day as it comes

and try not be too hard on yourself. Things don’t

always go according to plan. Sometimes, the best

we can do is try to adjust.


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YELLOW LIP

The unlimited pout is

perfect for embracing

rebellion and evoking

freedom this season. Be

bold, and draw outside

the lines. Use a fluffy

brush to dust your pretty

pout with translucent

setting powder. Nothing,

neither finger food nor

french kisses, is permitted

to dim this sunshine.

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ORANGE LIP

Bold lips look best when

contrasted with the colour

of your outfit and the

counterculture of zero

conformity means you can

clash stronger this seas

on. Blend your lipstick

with your finger for that

carefree perfectly imperfect

finish.

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RED LIP

In these turbulent times

of beauty and resistance

across the globe, revisit

the flower power era with

a fresh new outlook on

what it truly means to

cultivate peace and love.

With this season’s zingy

yellows, electric oranges

and shiny crimsons, here’s

how to let your lips speak

your mind.

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PINK LIP

Ditch the warpaint that

is bold eye shadow this

summer and harness the

beauty of your full

lip instead with hot pink

as your peace sign.

Sometimes what you’re

most afraid of doing is

exactly the thing to set you

free.

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HAIR & BEAUTY

Men & Skincare

A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP

BY JOY KANGE

Working as a beauty consultant has exposed me to all sorts of people,

which has led to many interesting skincare conversations. Some of

the most interesting conversations I’ve had have been with men, and

from my discussions, it seems a good number of them don’t put a

lot of thought into their skincare regime. Many of them admit to

washing their face using their ordinary body wash, moisturising their

face with their body lotion, and spending very little of their monthly

income on skincare products or services.

Regardless of your gender, skincare is very important, and should be

taken seriously. Looking after your skin, no matter your age, is key to

protecting yourself from the skin stressors we face everyday, such as

UV rays, air pollution, smoking, sleep loss and diet. A bad skincare

routine could be a fast track to skin damage and premature aging.

But putting a skincare routine together can be difficult, and the sheer

number of products to choose from can be daunting. Achieving the

perfect skincare routine can cost time, money and dedication, and a

lot of men aren’t willing to put in all that effort, but these basic tips

can help you to up your skincare game without having to go the extra

mile.

Step 1: Cleanse

Set aside your body wash and hand soaps for

now. Those are for the body, but your face and

neck needs special attention. You need a good

cleanser or face wash to use twice a day. A good

cleanser shouldn’t completely dry your face

out. If you have any specific skincare needs like

acne, oily or dry skin, your choice of cleanser

should definitely take these into account.

Recommended product:

MKMen Facial Cleanser, £12.50

www.MaryKay.co.uk

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HAIR & BEAUTY

Step 2: Moisturise

Your body lotion is NOT made for your face,

and applying a good face cream is the next

step after giving your face a good cleansing. It

could come as a cream (a little heavy), or as a

lotion or gel which are much more lightweight.

You will notice a difference in the texture of

your skin if you moisturise consistently.

Is there really a difference between men’s and

women’s skincare products? Yes/no

Short answer - yes. Gendered products aren’t always

just a marketing ploy. Men’s and women’s skincare

products can be quite different, and considerations

will often be made for things like facial hair,

shaving, UV protection, and free radicals,

depending on who the product is being made for.

Consider factors like sun protection factor

(SPF) when picking a moisturiser. Pick a day

face cream that hydrates while protecting the

skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Face

moisturisers with a high SPF should be used

in the morning and only when you are going

out at night. When going to bed, you should

instead use a night cream or serum to repair

the skin while you sleep. Some moisturisers

can be used both day and night, and some day

creams are not moisturisers. Be sure to check

this before buying a product. Also if you’re

concerned about fine lines and wrinkles,

choose a product with age-defying properties.

Recommended product:

Wellman Daily Moisturiser 50ml, £9.50

www.vitabiotics.com

Step 3: Eye Cream

The eye area is one of the most ignored when it comes

to skincare for men, but the skin around the eyes is

the first part of the body that begins to age. This is

because the skin is thin and does not keep moisture

in as well as other parts of the body, leading to fine

lines and wrinkles. Lifestyle stressors like lack of sleep

and exposure to computer/TV screens can cause puffy

eyes and dark circles around the eyes. You should start

looking after the skin around the eyes early (around

mid-twenties) as when the skin around the eye area

gets damaged, it is hard to repair. Using a good eye

cream in the morning and evening after cleansing can

prevent the early signs of ageing and keep the eye area

moisturised. A good eye cream should work for up to

12 hours so when it is used twice a day, it will cover for

24 hours.

Recommended product:

Clinique for Men Anti-Age Eye Cream 15ml, £27.50

www.feelunique.com

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HAIR & BEAUTY

A Zoom

with a View

By Chisom Winifred

Have you ever wondered

how to do your makeup for

a conference call?

Photo credits: L’oreal Paris

Peach & Lily

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With the ever-changing

dynamics of our

world, indoors has

become the new

outside, and this unexpected shift has

forced us to find new and creative ways

to socialise, and more importantly, get

work done. For instance, this edition

of Glam Africa was not put together

from our London headquarters as it

usually is, but rather from the homes

of each of our amazing team members,

which means we had to show up

for content and strategy meetings

entirely online. But the fact that we’re

all working from home now doesn’t

mean we can’t show up for digital

meetings looking and feeling our best.

So, we’ve put together a quick and

easy makeup routine that we think is

perfect for your next conference call.

You’ll want to start this look off

with a completely clean face. Wash

your face with clean, warm water

or use wipes to clean your face.

Apply serum and moisturiser

(whichever works best for your

skin), then apply makeup primer.

Primer helps makeup sit easier and

last longer. Simply dab some onto

your fingertips to apply it. Put on a

light foundation. A thin even layer

of foundation will work to smooth

out your skin and give it a uniform

appearance. Using your concealer,

apply under the eye, forehead,

nose and jaw and blend in. Thicken

your natural eyebrows using your

eyebrow thickener or pencil to

make them appear fuller. Choose a

subtle color from your eyeshadow

pallet, since it’s a work meeting you

don’t want to look overly dramatic,

blend in to give a natural eye look.

Make your eyes pop with a little

eyeliner and mascara to make

the lashes thicker and fuller. Add

lip color or gloss. Just like your

eyeshadow, you will have to choose

between natural-looking lip colors.

For digital meetings, it is best to go

with neutral pinks and browns that

are closest to your natural lip color.

Voila! You’re good to go.


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FASHION & STYLE

Nini Amerlise

All The World’s A Stage

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Canadian supermodel Nini Amerlise rediscovers

her African roots through fashion

When I was in school, I was the girl who

stuck out like a sore thumb. I was the

girl who was horribly teased because

of her uniqueness, and so it took a

while for me to fully come into my

own. However, as I grew older, fashion and styling became

my favourite outlets to share my quirky personality with

the world, in my own way and on my own terms. Life is

like a runway, and every single day is an opportunity for

you to venture further into yourself.

My trip to South Africa was just that. I was fascinated

by the landscapes, the agriculture, the history, the

wildlife, the fashion - everything about the city of Cape

Town seemed to transcend space and time. I attended

castings, booking, dinners and outings, which provided

the perfect opportunities to try new things, new ideas,

and unleash my evolving fashion sense. Finally, after

years of yearning, my long-awaited dream of visiting

the motherland finally materialised. Residing in North

America for most of my life, I always felt a longing for

a deeper connection to my African roots. I quickly

got to work creating a vision board that would relate

the clothing of my ancestors to the modern-day styles

we’re all familiar with. My vision quickly came to life,

and I prepared a personal style shoot, sourcing pieces

from Mishah Designerwear, a boutique I discovered in

a neighbourhood known as Woodstock. I put together

three looks, aiming to blend traditional South African

tribal-wear with a slight, Eurocentric touch. For Look 1,

I wore a cheetah print blazer/suit to mirror the animal

skins worn in the Zulu tribe, with bedazzled kitten

heels, a purse and braided high ponytail, like that of a

potential modern-day warrior. The second look was

a continuation of the cheetah print suit, styled with a

multicolored print clutch with black and white heels.

I paired this look with a black empire sleeve blouse to

create a high fashion Euro-classical mixture - a nod to

the diversity within the South African diaspora. The

final look featured an elegant, white high waist skirt

and bralette composition. Although appearing more

minimalist at a glance, the intricate netted woven

feature of the skirt emulatd that of the Xhosa tribe, while

stripping away the typical bold colours to a monochrome

co-ord created a striking contrast between the clothes

and my skin. I wore a braided crown to exhibit my

natural African elegance, and initially finished off the

look with clear glass slippers to represent historic truth

and transformation, but found that bare feet was an

equally-powerful statement.

Nini Amerlise is an award-winning model, actress and

motivational speaker. She was the winner of Supermodel

Canada’s premier season, and has appeared in Netflix

series ‘Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ

Walker’, ‘Dragon’s Den’ and fashion series ‘Stitched’. To

find out more about how her life, culture and heritage

influence her personal style, go to www.NiniAmerlise.com

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Model: Nini Amerlise

Photography: Andreas Schönke Photography

Clothing 36 GLAM & Accessories: AFRICA · MAY Mishah 2020 Designerwear


“Residing in North America for

most of my life, I always felt a

longing for a deeper connection to

my African roots”

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“Life is like a runway,

and every single day is an

opportunity for you to venture

further into yourself ”


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COVER STORY

Jackie Appiu

A Heart Made of Gold

By Eniafe Momodu

It’s been almost twenty years since a young and

doey-eyed Jackie Appiah acted her way into

the hearts of millions of fans across the world,

launching one of the most impressive careers

in the history of West African entertainment.

When I spoke to Jackie back in April, she struck me as

the type of person who, despite achieving so many things

so early on, would always feel that she has more to offer,

be it in her career, or in her everyday life. I was excited

to speak to her about the acting roles, as well as real-life

moments, that shaped her into the icon she is today.

Looking back on the past two decades in the spotlight,

Jackie spoke fondly of her early days in the business.

“People fell in love with the types of roles I was playing.

They fell in love with my innocence. In my debut role

on ‘Things We Do For Love’ my character Enyonam

was shy and timid. She was constantly being yelled at

by her father, and I think a lot of people really related

to her and felt sympathy for her.”

Following an early round of success, Jackie’s career

continued to soar after landing roles in productions

such as ‘Divine Love’, which was widely appraised,

Jackie says, despite feeling at the time that she could

have performed better, as well as starring in ‘Beyoncé:

The President’s Daughter’ alongside Nadia Buari, Van

Vicker and Kalsoume Sinare, which Jackie proudly

lists among the defining moments of her career.

“The ‘Beyoncé’ movie took us all over the world.

Anywhere I go in the world I meet people who talk

about it - Africans, black Americans, Jamaicans. That

movie was such a big opener for all of us who were

involved.”

Well, it’s been fourteen years since then, and Jackie

has refused to slow down, moving from project to

project, and quickly solidifying her position among

the most recognisable names and faces in Nollywood

and Ghollywood. Her latest project, however, has been

stalled by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and

major and minor productions alike have been halted

all over the world, as people are being encouraged to

stay in their homes and minimise contact with the

outside world.

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Whether she’s shuttling between movie

sets, A-list events, or jetting between her

favourite holiday destinations, Jackie

Appiah is always on the move. I was curious

to find out in what ways the lockdown has

affected her 2020 plans, and how she intends

to spend her days in the meantime.

“Before the lockdown I had a movie I was

meant to premiere called ‘Red Carpet’. We

shot parts of it in Nigeria, some in Ghana

and some in Dubai. It was a huge production,

but we’ve had to put it on hold. Musicians

can still record music if they have studios

in their houses, post their content on social

media and interact with their audience. But

for actors and actresses we really have to

crowd people. To work on a film, you need

a cast, you need your crew. Even once the

production process is

complete you have to

premiere it and screen

them at cinemas. The

industry is at a complete

standstill right now. It’s a

sad moment for us, and

for people all over the

world.”

So how is Jackie Appiah

spending her time in

isolation? Well, she’s

taken the opportunity to

spend more time with

her family, cooking,

catching up on movies,

and developing her craft. Yet despite having

every excuse to shut herself off completely

from the external world, I get the sense

that Jackie (and indeed a lot of her peers in

the industry) often feel a sort of pressure

to entertain, to keep people engaged and

lift their spirits amidst the humdrum

monotony of self-isolation. With more than

7 million Instagram followers, Jackie is

the most-followed celebrity in Ghana, and

thanks to the stay-at-home order, Jackie

is just one among hundreds of millions of

people turning to Chinese video-sharing

app TikTok to pass the time. From Cardi B

impressions to sitcom-inspired shorts, the

results are priceless, and Jackie’s unique

brand of comedy has already garnered her

“The most

important

thing to me is

being able to

put smiles on

people’s faces”

hundreds of thousands of subscribers on the

relatively new platform.

“I’ve been making lots of funny videos

recently. TikTok has given me so many fun

ideas for things I can do to entertain my

followers. It’s not putting money into my

pockets but I love being able to help people

through these frustrating times in any way

that I can, and be a blessing to others. The

most important thing to me is being able

to put smiles on people’s faces. So many

people are dealing with stress, anxiety and

depression. Keeping people entertained can

go a long way towards lifting their spirits, so

that’s what I try to do. The response has been

fantastic. People keep telling me, ‘I didn’t

know you were a comedian, I didn’t know

you were this funny.’”

But TikTok skits aren’t the

only way Jackie is giving

back to her people. Back

in March, Information

Minister, Kojo Oppong

Nkrumah, announced

that Ghana’s government

was looking into

appointing influential

celebrities as ambassadors

in an effort to help educate

the general public as the

situation surrounding

the coronavirus outbreak

continued to unfold.

At the time, some

celebrities blasted the idea, arguing that

celebrities should not be expected to accept

appointments unless the government

was willing to offer them money. Jackie,

however, criticised the scheme for entirely

different reasons, arguing instead that

influential people should be willing to use

their platforms and their voices to help

others, without the prerequisite of an official

government appointment, or a cheque for

their contributions. Hardly one to keep her

money away from her mouth, Jackie has

joined the fight in every way she can, from

donating household essentials and food

items, to educating people in person and

via her socials, as well as distributing vital

sanitary products.

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Photography : Gilbert Asante · Creative Direction: Gilbert Asante

& Moshoodat · Styled by Moshoodat · Headpieces, accessories

& clothing: CrownedByMoshoodat · Makeup: Moshoodat · Set

assistance: Nadiya Issa, Bright Kekeli & Leslie Hayford

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COVER STORY

"We have to give something back

to society - all of us - even if it's

just a little"

“I called a few doctors and asked them to

take me through the proper ways to wash

your hands, as well as social distancing

measures, so I could pass this information

on to other people as accurately as

possible. Before the lockdown started I

went to the marketplaces to teach people

and educate them on the seriousness of

the virus, and simple things they can

do to avoid spreading it. I also gave

out sanitisers, soap, face masks and wet

wipes to clean their products with. I gave

out gloves too, and made sure they knew

to change them at least every 2 hours.”

In addition to digging into her own

pockets, Jackie has potently harnessed

the power of her numerous brand

ambassadorships, for example, with

furniture company Orca Deco, to

deliver household items such as sugar,

tea, rice, detergent and buckets to

deprived households, in addition to

presenting the First Lady of Ghana with

thousands of boxes of relief items and

foodstuffs to support the less privileged.

“This is a time when people really need

us more than ever. As humans, we’re

each other’s’ keepers. Even though we

aren’t making money right now, we have

to give something back to society - all of

us - even if it’s just a little.” What shall

we say, then? If you’ve seen her onscreen,

it’s easy to see why the world fell in

love with her. But when you peel back

the layers and get to know the woman

underneath - Jackie the philanthropist,

Jackie the educator, Jackie the

multifaceted entertainer - you’ll find

that there are more reasons to love her

than you ever could have imagined.

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FASHION & STYLE

ONYII BEKEH

through the looking glar

Lagos’ Queen of Fashion Content Like You’ve

Never Seen Her Before

Photography & creative direction: Mikey Oshai

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“Life is a party, dress like it”

– Audrey Hepburn

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Outfit: CLAN (@clanrtw)


Outfit: ATAFO (@atafo.official)


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“In order to be irreplaceable one

must always be different”

– Coco Chanel

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“Always dress like you’re going

to see your worst enemy”

– Kimora Lee

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Outfit: CLAN (@clanrtw)


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FEATURE STORY

Kelvin Vincent

Confessions of a Celebrity Stylist

The iconic stylist reveals the greatest lessons he’s

learned from working with Africa’s biggest stars

There’s nothing quite like the experience of

getting a client ready for a red-carpet event.

For years, I’ve worked as a stylist to some of

Africa’s biggest stars, from Joselyn Dumas

to Efya, Yvonne Nelson to Juliet Ibrahim.

There’s something about the pressure and

anxiety of the job that never quite goes

away, no matter how much experience you

have. If you’re reading this, you might be a

budding stylist at the start of your career,

an experienced fashion editor with dozens

of credits to your name, or you might be

in a completely unrelated line of work, but

whichever field you find yourself in, there’s

really no way to escape those learning

curves. Keep reading to find out the four

most important I’ve learned from getting

your favourite celebrities red-carpet ready.

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Photo credits: Leke Akindehin Photography (Alex Unusual),

Vine Imagery (Efya), Frozzen Second Studio (Kelvin Vincent,

Joselyn Dumas & Jackie Appiah), Phloshop (Yvonne Nelson)

LESSON 1 - PREPARATION

Typically, my styling process begins by building a

skeleton plan for the red carpet event. It’s imperative

that you know what the client wants. Are they

looking to borrow a design, or do they want to buy

it and keep it? If the client only needs it temporarily,

owners may ask you to pay a deposit or credit card

details in case it gets lost or damaged. If you buy

a piece, you can alter it as much as you want. If

you’re just renting, you can’t really make alterations,

unless you can do so such that the initial style is

not distorted. Being aware of these distinctions is

very important, and can be the difference between

nailing it and failing it!

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LESSON 2 - TIME MANAGEMENT

When you’re styling celebrities, time is always of the

essence. Sometimes, I’ll have up to a month to work

on a look. Other times I’ll have a few days or even just

a few hours for some of the more last-minute types of

clientele. Whatever the case may be, you have to know

how to manage your time well. I once had a fitting as

early as 4 a.m. because a client had to catch a lastminute

flight that same morning. If I hadn’t already

put the outfit together the night before, it would have

been a disaster.

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LESSON 3 - COMMUNICATION

When it comes to styling, it’s important to know what the

client wants, and for them to understand your vision as

well. Before D-Day arrives, you’re probably going to make

contact with your client about ten times a day, and you’ll

want to share makeup and hair inspo with the makeup

artist and hair stylist, and really give your client as many

options to choose from as possible. Styling is usually

a collaborative effort, so you have to communicate

effectively if your vision has any hope of coming to life.

Chatting with your clients before they hit the carpet is

also a good way to ease up any anxiety they might have.

LESSON 4 - CONTINGENCIES

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, so always

have a backup plan. This is one of those lessons you really

only learn the hard way. For me, I’m never relaxed until I

have three or four designers, two makeup artists and two

hair stylists on standby, per client. Anything can happen,

so have a Plan B and a Plan C on speed dial! Wardrobe

malfunctions are a common part of the job. Backstage at

a red-carpet event you can expect to see designers and

stylists anxiously running from cubicle to cubicle looking

for some last-minute duct tape, or a needle and thread.

Earlier on in my career I tackled everything from ripped

dresses to nip-slips. Sometimes, you’ll need to really

think outside the box. I’ve had to literally sew and even

glue a client into a dress for an award show (my garment

construction training from fashion school has come

in handy a few times). Thanks to these experiences, I

always make sure I have my styling kit with me no matter

what. It has everything I could ever need - sticky tape,

nipple covers, extra heel support, pins, a lint roller...

you never know what you might need, and when.

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FEATURE STORY

DESIRÉE HENRY

The Silver Linings Playbook

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By Eniafe Momodu

Photos: Olly Harrison Photography

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GLAM AFRICA CATCHES UP WITH ADIDAS

SPRINTER AND OLYMPIC MEDALLIST DESIRÉE HENRY

When Desirée Henry

started sprinting

competitively at

the tender age 11,

she couldn’t possibly have known

just how far her legs would take her.

Now-aged 24, Desirée competed

in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where

she won a Bronze medal, the 2017

London World Championships,

where she won a Silver medal, and

was one of seven young athletes

chosen to light the Olympic torch

at the London Olympic Games in

2012.

“To this day it’s still a surreal

thing to be called an Olympic

medalist,” Desirée says. “Running

and representing my country

will forever be one of my greatest

achievements. It’s one of those

things you say at such a young

age - that you’ll be a professional

someday and you’ll go to the

Olympics. But to actually do it, it’s

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such a ‘wow, I actually did it’ kind

of feeling.” Since then, she’s been

gearing up for the 2020 Summer

Olympics in Tokyo. Sadly, Desirée

and her fellow athletes received the

news that the Tokyo Olympics had

been postponed until 2021, due to

the outbreak of COVID-19. When

I caught up with Desirée via email,

I wanted to find out how she felt

about the unanticipated deferral,

and in what ways the pandemic

has affected her personally and

professionally.

“We were all in a state of complete

shock when we found out that

all the competitions were being

cancelled, especially the Olympics,

which we know only comes around

every four years. I was planning to

compete this year. I hope I still get

the chance to race before the year

ends. Outside of sponsorships, a

major part of our income comes

from competitions, so on the one

hand it’s sad that they’ve all been

cancelled. On the other hand, as

athletes, it’s great to know that

they care about our health and

safety as human beings, and not

be treated like animals in a circus.”

One thing that struck me from

my conversation with Desirée

was her uncommon ability to find

silver linings in even the toughest

situations. Although being on

lockdown has interefered with

her ability to train and compete,

Desirée has found a fun new

way to spend those extra hours

at home - and she’s not the only

one. The TikTok trend has totally

taken over, and Desirée is just one

among millions of people to catch

the bug. In a world full of dance

crazes and makeup challenges,

people young and old, across the

globe, are taking advantage of

this novel social network/content

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“I think I’ve made about a hundred

videos, even though I’ve only

shared three. It’s funny because

I would usually describe myself

as more introverted, and would

probably never have thought of

dancing in front of people. But

now, TikTok has given me the

confidence to think I could take

on Megan Thee Stallion and her

knees in a dance battle. Home is

where you feel the freedom to be

your most quirky. Your bedroom

becomes your own little universe,

and in it, you’re the best dancer

in the world. Who knows, maybe

I’ll take some of this new-found

confidence with me to the dance

floor when this lockdown ends.

Alexa, play Savage by Megan Thee

Stallion!”

As the days go by, the realisation

that life is full of setback seems

to become clearer and clearer.

Desirée, however, is no stranger to

setbacks. After years of extensive

training, Desirée learned that she

had developed two cysts behind

her knees, and for a while had

to compete whilst managing the

growing pain and discomfort they

caused her. In October of 2019, she

underwent surgery for the second

time in her professional career,

and remarkly, she never let it stop

her. Every time she went down,

she returned with an agenda and

the determination to bounce back

even stronger.

“In my sport, your career usually

won’t last very long anyway, and so

the worst thing I could do is walk

away early with feelings of regret.

I know I need to work as hard as

I can with the years I have left.

Having clear goals definitely helps.

At the end of the day, I know what

my one, major goal is, but I think

having lots of short-term goals

encourages me keep working hard

since it’s easier to see the shortterm

finish line, which is ultimately

a stepping stone towards achieving

my main goal.”

Still, it can be difficult to stay

motivated, given everything that’s

going on, and picking yourself

up on your lowest days seems

harder than it’s ever been. So how

does Desirée stay motivated to

keep up with her usual routine?

Well, it turns out that her simple

and efficacious solution to selfisolation

laziness is to set one goal

for herself per day.

“I think people are putting too

much pressure on themselves. You

don’t have to come out of isolation

having a perfect summer body, a

completely redecorated house and

the miraculous ability to speak ten

languages. Your daily goal could

be a 20-minute YouTube workout,

or even something as little as

making sure you take a shower.

It’s really about finding things to

occupy and stimulate your mind.

Also, remember that fitness can

be fun too. It doesn’t always have

to be squats and push-ups. There

are ways to burn calories that

don’t involve torturing yourself.

Dancing, for example, is a great

form of cardio. As a professional

athlete, training is a part of my

everyday routine, but outside

of that, writing seems to be a

helpful outlet. Plus I’m currently

watching shows like Ozark and

Love Is Blind on Netflix, which

give me the chance to just switch

off completely from sport and

focus on something else. I’m

really enjoying that balance at the

moment.”

Whether it’s the importance of

setting goals for yourself, finding

the right balance or seeing the

brighter side of darker days, there

are a lot of lessons we can learn

from Desirée Henry. Although it’s

not entirely clear what the future

holds for us, there’s no doubt we’ll

be seeing lots more of her in the

years to come, and I, for one, can’t

wait to see what she does next.

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“The worst thing I could do is walk

away early with feelings of regret. I

know I need to work as hard as I can

with the years I have left”

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FOOD & BODY

Healthy Eking

5 WAYS TO INCORPORATE MORE VEGETABLES INTO YOUR DIET

By Chioma Onwutalobi

CHOOSE THE

TASTIEST ONES

Don’t let brussel sprouts

fool you, not all vegetables

taste that bad! You can get

started by incorporating

tastier vegetables into your

everyday meals - tomatoes,

peppers, onions or garlic,

the choices are endless.

EXPERIMENT

Instead of steaming, why not

try sautéing or roasting your

vegetable of choice? This way

it is nice and crunchy when

you chew. Roasting some

vegetables will draw out their

natural sugars making them

more tasty. You can also

try mashing vegetables like

broccoli or cauliflower.

ADD TO YOUR

FAVOURITE DISH

Try using vegetables as a

side, or mixing them into

your favourite meals like

pasta or rice & stew. You

can blend more veggies

into your soups and sauces,

like tomato sauce and

bolognese, increasing your

vegetable intake without

ruining the overall taste of

the dish.

GO ALL OUT

Over time you will begin to

enjoy vegetables more, and

placing a salad at the centre

of your meal won’t seem as

daunting as it does right now.

Try adding some cheese, oil

or a good dressing to mix

things up. If you can’t escape

your meats, you can add

some chicken or fish to really

set things off. Bon Appétit!

DRINK THEM

This can be one of the

tastiest ways to eat

vegetables. Turn your

greens into a veggie

smoothie, and add some

of your favourite fruits.

The sweetness of the fruits

will overpower the taste of

the vegetables, so you can

stay healthy and refreshed

at the same time.

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LUXEFIT RANGE

CLASSICFIT RANGE

FitWear By Cathy

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ADVERTORIAL

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ADVERTORIAL

Drunken Cakez

BRAND PROFILE

SC DESIGNS

The brand for ladies who love to

wear clothing that isn’t owned by

the masses. We specialise in handmade

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Charming online boutique

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DAO LONDON

Online brand which

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COSMETICS

A professional

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MZHAIR

EXTENSIONS

specialises in

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