Back in May a friend with albinism contacted me to let me know Diandra Forrest (a well known model with albinism) was putting on a charity fundraiser and fashion presentation for the third annual International Albinism Awareness Day. They also let me know she was looking for models with albinism to join her. I was instantly interested. I’ve never been a part of something like this and the idea of making a quick trip to NYC seemed a little crazy. But after exchanging a few emails with Diandra and the producer putting the event together, I booked my ticket and anxiously waited for the day to arrive.
It’s been a while since I wrote about what’s been up with my participation in Nike Toronto’s community-building creative initiative FMFounders. So much has happened within this family of artists, designers, and creatives. I can’t share some things just yet but I’m happy to be able to share this. Recently Nike enlisted dear friend and photographer Nilly and I to spearhead an experience for all the others based on our skills in visual media. Keep reading to see tons of pics and see more about our photo session / family reunion.
As you guys already know, my love for local Toronto fashion and lifestyle brand Untitled&Co runs pretty deep. I’ve always admired their fun, youthful style that is sexy, unique, and always empowered. I appreciate the way they engage with their community. I respect the social causes they align themselves with. I love that when I go to their physical store at 438 Queen St W in Toronto, it’s run entirely by other ambitious young people like myself.
So when they asked me if I wanted to do a shoot together again my answer was obvious: YAAAAS!
The air is hot and sticky with moisture, even as the sun is beginning to set. Distant sounds of voices and car horns can be heard in the dense air as a large, heavy gate slowly opens. This is Lagos, Nigeria.
More specifically, we find each other in Victoria Garden City, a comparatively quiet and gated residential neighbourhood where one must pass a security post to enter. Welcome! I’m so excited to share an inside look at my world in a way I never have before.
It’s so easy to see people we admire or respect, see their work, and associate them only with success. But even our heroes have failed a time or two in their life. For me, success isn’t the absence of failure, success is often about overcoming failure.
You can feel like you wanna quit but don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to learn. Don’t be afraid to tear it all apart and start from scratch. And embrace it because then there’s things you learn along the way.
It’s not often I get to adorn my body with the same threads that once adorned Beyonce‘s. So when the opportunity presented itself to try on the same dress that Queen Bey wore to this year’s Grammy Awards, best believe I snatched it up. Keep reading to find out more about Yonce’s Grammy style and check out more views of this gorgeous gown. #SLAY
The Founders: fuelled by Nike Canada and FoundMissing is focused on creating a new tonality within an empowered voice of Canadian artists – infusing the spirit of sport within their craft. Through each season, the crew will experience a journey anchored to a Nike innovation that intersects with a collision of sports, style, art and culture to start a new conversation, break boundaries and inspire the community.
GUESS WHAT GUYS!? I got chosen to help launch global fashion brand Uniqlo‘s expansion into Canada! Catch me standing with a crew of cool kids in front of Toronto landmarks in this city-wide campaign. You wouldn’t even believe the crazy fate that lead me here. I’m just honored and blessed to be able to welcome this awesome brand to Canada. Keep reading to see the story of how I landed this amazing opportunity.