From the timid girl with the tribal marks who refused to attend college for fear of
bullies to the beautiful and bold woman who caught Rihanna’s attention when she started up a campaign on social media to model for Fenty Beauty, Adetutu Alabi is a mixture of determination, strength and purpose.

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You mentioned you had numerous ‘ugly’ experiences, where you were discriminated against because of the
tribal marks on your face. Tell us that one experience that struck you as the most absurd.

The incident that struck me as the most absurd was a Fashion  Designer here in Lagos that I worked with as an embellishment designer. She called me one day and said I should conceal my
tribal marks whenever I’m coming to her place. I choose my face over her will, so I quit.

You’ve talked openly about the end of your relationship with your daughter’s father. What came next? How did
you adjust to life as a single, working mother?

When my baby’s father left, I was able to get help from Pastor Ituah Ighodalo through his foundation (Lydia Grace
Foundation). With their help I was able to get back on my feet and juggle caring for my daughter and running my business and modeling career.

You once said that you felt like you were the ugliest girl in the world. At what point did you arrive at self realisation, acceptance and self love?

The real self love journey started in 2016 when I was trolled on Facebook. My online friends came for the troll until she
apologised. Ever since then, I’ve gained more confidence to flaunt my face.

What was the toughest challenge you had to overcome in the journey to embracing your beauty and finding self love?

The toughest challenge was learning to ignore people who laughed at me or made snide comments [about me], but ever since I started ignoring them, things have changed for the better.

You shied away from going to the university and rather opted to learn a trade because of the fear of being
ridiculed. Any plans to go back?

I would love to go to my dream school, Ecole Lesage in Paris to learn more on my tambour beading and embroidery skills.

It is obvious how you feel about yourself now, what would you say to other girls who are still trying to get to that point of self-love and acceptance?

Love yourself first. Take selfies, ignore the bullies and do your own thing. It worked for me and helped build my confidence and hopefully it works for you too.

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