There is no plus size movement without our big and beautiful models, doing us proud in this category is Nigerian born Bicoastal model Wema Enofe. ATCL caught up with the curvy queen for a quick Q&A in anticipation of her return to the Full Figured Fashion Week runway for its 2016 edition in NYC. Here’s what she had to say:
Q. This is your second year walking in Full Figure Fashion Week ,what’s the experience like and why is it so important for you to be a part of it?
A: I am very excited to see what this year is going to be like. Last year was a blast. The entire week is filled with various events that are not just fun but also uplifting. I love that it shows so many parts of the plus industry.
Full figure fashion week is one on the pioneering events of the plus industry. Its was there before plus size started trending. It has paved the way for a lot of people in the industry not just models and that is one of the reasons a am honored to be a part of it a second in a row.
Q. Your career has gotten off to a flying start but can you remember your first modelling gig and how was the experience?
A: LOL. I sure can. It was a fashion show in Richmond MD and it was very exciting. I got to meet all these other plus women who exuded so much confidence (something I was struggling with at the time). It was amazing up till when I fell cause no one told me the stage leg was bad. I immediately got up and continued working (I got a round of applause of that). It was definitely an experience. I have never given up ever since.
Q. What do you feel about the plus size industry in Africa compared to America?
A: I think the plus industry in Nigeria still has long way to go but I believe we can get there. The major difference I have seen is the confidence of our plus women. Its all about demand and supply. I think a majority of African women don’t believe they can look amazing in sexy cloths (Sexy does not necessary mean tight and short) so they don’t demand for them. And if there is no demand chances are that there will be no supply.
I will however give credit to brands like yours who seek to educated our beautiful curvy women that it is ok to be sexy and be confident in your skin. At the end of the day I believe we have great potential in Africa.
Q. How do you keep fit and healthy?
A: I try to eat healthy and workout
Q. What’s your beauty regimen?
A: Black soup to wash my face and body, Cetaphill daily facial cleanser, Shea butter and coconut oil to moisturize and depending on the occasion I can go bare face or full made up (contour and all)
Q. Name your 3 Summer essentials
A: Big Sunglasses, Long sleeveless stylish jacket and sunscreen
Q. If you were marooned on a desert island, what 3 things would you have with you?
A: My phone (cause I am always playing candy crush) and some sort of snack (there is always something in my bag)
Q. Can you name a few of your favourite Nigerian designers that cater to plus size women?
A: Honestly I only know of Tosfa
Q. Flats or heels?
Q. Plain or pattern?
Q. Lipstick or lip gloss?
Q. What’s in your handbag right now?
A: A red tote bag by Nine West
Photo Credit: Bicoastal Models
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