These areÂ official photos from Olajumoke Orisagunaâ€˜s first-ever fashion shoot. This past week, Frank Ugah photographed her for an April by Kunbishoot. Many assumed that it was for a lookbook. However, the designer has revealed that it was indeed for her Valentineâ€™s postcard.
The creative director of April by Kunbi, Olakunbi Oyelese also shed light on the story behind the shoot.
For her first ever fashion shoot, she didnâ€™t do badly at all! Thanks to Damilola from her agency @fewmodels for giving her tips on poses and expression. This is just the beginning. Itâ€™s no news that Olajumokeâ€™s story literally broke the internet last week, and we were reminded about how amazing Godâ€™s grace is and that heâ€™s still in the business of turning lives around and blessing us.
Iâ€™d wanted to do a Christmas postcard but my schedule last quarter of 2015 was beyond hectic (Not complaining o! Lol). So I decided to do a Valentine postcard insteadâ€¦Not a lookbook/collection as a lot of blogs have reported. I mentioned in my post last week that Iâ€™ll definitely be booking her and I donâ€™t regret it one bit! It was a pleasure working with her and seeing her transform, taking instructions, moving like sheâ€™s been doing it all her lifeâ€¦.Sheâ€™s a natural.
Jumokeâ€™s story has forced me to look closer at my surroundings. Thereâ€™s absolutely no doubt she is blessed but there are a lot of Olajumokes around usâ€¦Hardworking and just want to feed and help their families. You might not be able to get that pepper seller a modeling contract, but the next time she says the price for her pepper is â‚¦100, please donâ€™t price it to â‚¦30. Iâ€™ve been guilty of this, trust me. To think that someone around me works/walks in the sun all day and her profit at the end of the day is at most â‚¦500.
Iâ€™m happy to have offered Jumoke her first paying modeling job. May it be the beginning of an amazing career. She might not be a runway model but sheâ€™s perfect for print and editorial! May God help us all to make someoneâ€™s life easier, someoneâ€™s load a lot easier to carry. God bless you @TyBello for the reality check. Special thank you to @frankugahphotography you came through for me at such short notice and to @christinecreations!! Christine listened to my brief to the T. You are amazing!!! Happy Valentines Day to every single one of you! God bless you. Spread love not hate.
A powerful message from Olakunbi.
She also addressed the controversy regarding the makeup and styling of the shoot.
I normally wouldnâ€™t comment on things like thisâ€¦but To ALL the internet warriors that have criticized the makeup for this shoot (as seen on Jumokeâ€™s page) â€¦please NOTE that if Jumoke continues her career as a model, you will most likely not see her as the â€˜bread sellerâ€™â€¦she will work with a lot of designers with different ideas and looks for what story they are telling. She has to become a chameleon to project whatever she has been booked for. Makeup for photoshoot is usually more than the everyday â€˜owambeâ€™ face beat as it gets toned down with flash and lighting as seen in the finished photographs from @frankugahphotography. Enough of the â€œlet her natural beauty showâ€, â€œuse her natural hairâ€. @christinesignatures is an awesome, hardworking and dedicated make up artist. I am offended by the amount of hateful comments towards her and her craft. We need to learn to get our points across without been hateful. She followed the brief I gave her that was befitting to the story I was telling. Well done Christine! Jumoke looked amazing. #SpreadLoveNotHate #HappyValentinesDay
Happy Moments on Set