Funmi Iyanda is the type of woman who walks into a room and all the walls fall down. Within minutes of her appearance, the studio is packed full of the creative team – the makeup artist, stylists and the editor.
They stand in a loose semicircle, some leaning on doorways, eyes enraptured and I envision a typical rustic Yoruba village of old: children surrounding an elder retelling the story of creation.
“It’s good to see so many women here, it makes everything I’ve done, my entire career, worth it.” Her smile has no aesthetic purpose, it does not simper, it does not ask to be liked. She smiles with a purpose.
She is the epitome of the Nigerian movie star standard: light-skinned, slim, tall and fine-boned. But the enigma that Funmi Iyanda is not in any of those features. When she speaks, her voice is low with the grating rasp and wisdom of a woman decades older than herself.
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Creative Direction: Chidera Muoka
Photography: Kosol Onwudinjor
Styling: The NOJ Company
Makeup: Jumoke Tychus for Eyesome Beauty