It is common knowledge that beauty comes in every shape and colour and for Jennifer Ehizojie, embracing her dark skin was the only way to rise above the bullying.
The Taxation student of the University of Benin is one young lady who is black and not afraid to show it off.
In a recent interview with Legit.ng, the ebony beauty who stands tall at 5'7ft, talked about her passion for modelling and the motivation behind her decision.
Bullied for my dark skin
Ehizojie, who has been a model since 2019, revealed she decided on the career path in 2017 due to how often she got bullied for her dark skin in school.
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She also said:
"I want to help other dark skin people like me find beauty in their skin, and overcome bullying."
Although her family supported her, Ehizojie stated that they never knew the real reason until two years later when she told them about the challenges she faced in school.
Despite getting snide remarks from other models who question how she is able to find a makeup foundation that matches her skin tone, the 21-year-old says her dark skin has never been a problem for her in her modelling career.
" It’s a blessing," she said.
What the Nigeria fashion industry really needs
On how she thinks the Nigeria fashion industry needs to improve, Ehizojie opined:
"The industry should create awareness for small businesses and small brands."
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Ehizojie has big dreams she hopes to one day achieve and getting signed onto the Few Models agency is something she looks forward to.
"My dream is to inspire people, work with brands, vogue, etc and give my family the life we desire because we have being through a lot."
Afrocentric stylist and model
A popular saying by writer, Oscar Auliq-Ice, goes: "You can either choose to wait around and hope life gives you what you want - or you can choose to jump up and put in the work to make your dream come true.”
Putting in the work is something Vera Ofure is doing all too well.
The 21-year-old Edo-born fashion enthusiast is gradually creating a name for herself doing what she loves the most - promoting African values, foods, and fashion in creative styles.
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