PICS: Naija came to slay at Oceans 8 Lagos premiere

Oceans 8 Toke Makinwa

You would’ve sworn it was the Met Gala when Nigeria’s finest stepped out on the red carpet to attend the Lagos premiere of Oceans 8, on Sunday. From our favourite Nigerian slay queen, Toke Makinwa, to media personality and model, Idia Aisen, the red carpet was filled with fabulous frocks.

In collaboration with Nigerian film studio, Film One, and Warner Brothers, the event invited African designers to dress celebs in any one of the Met Gala themes. The best design will receive a cash prize; at this point, a winner has not been announced.

Here are our favourite looks from the Oceans 8 Lagos premiere.

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Halima Aden returns to the refugee camp where she was born

It’s World Refugee Day, so we’re throwing back to last week when supermodel Halima Aden returned to the refugee camp where she was born.

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She’s a model who has graced magazine covers (including Vogue Arabia) and fashion week runways, but Halima Aden has certainly not forgotten her roots. The 20-year-old Somali-American model, who rose to fame after donning traditional Muslim dress to compete in a US beauty pageant in 2016, has returned to the refugee camp in which she was born, and for a very important reason.

Aden, who has worked with Nike, Alberta Ferretti, and Yeezy, to name just a few, was in Kenya this week to deliver a TEDx talk from the Kakuma Camp. The veiled runway star was born in the camp in 1997, and moved to the United States six years later, settling in Minnesota. The camp, situated in northwest Kenya, hosted the TED event on June 9, which brought together a number of current and former refugees besides other speakers and performers. The media organization asked participants to “share stories of perseverance and creativity”, according to its website, with the theme given as “thrive”.

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“The aim is to steer away from the one-sided narrative of suffering and dejection,” the event page stated. “[It is] also about showcasing how refugees can help change not only their lives but the communities and countries in which they live.” The gathering marked the first time a TED event has been held in a refugee camp.

Aden revealed she was thankful for getting to the opportunity to revisit the camp, which was founded in 1992 and is currently home to more than 185,000 inhabitants. “This camp taught me so many lessons and I’m so grateful I had the chance to return,” the model told her 620,000 Instagram followers. “A lot has changed since I’ve left but we still have a long way to go.” The model also revealed she worked on a short documentary about returning to Kenya, in collaboration with UNICEF and Teen Vogue, though no release date has yet been given.

Aden also shared a short snippet of her TED Talk, though the full video is not yet live on TED’s YouTube page. Other speakers on the day included Yiech Pur Biel, who was part of the first refugee team in history to compete at the Olympics, and Mesfin Getahun, an entrepreneur who launched a successful wholesale business from the camp.

“I want you to remember that although the children here are refugees, they are children,” Aden said during her talk, according to Reuters. “They deserve every opportunity to flourish, to hope, to dream, to be successful. My story began here in Kakuma refugee camp, a place of hope.”

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Rumor Has It This Is the Foundation Meghan Markle Wore for Her Wedding

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The royal wedding was just under a month ago, and news around the day’s events is somehow still coming out. But this is no minor detail we bring to you. This is big news about the most interesting part of Meghan Markle’s wedding day beauty routine: the barely there foundation that inspired tweets and freckle envy around the world.

Details have been hard to come by on the products that celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin used for Meghan’s wedding makeup, which was to be expected. Buckingham Palace is notoriously tight-lipped about the Royals’ beauty routines, and unlike their outfits, makeup products are nearly impossible to ID from afar. Yet the beauty world’s whisper network has come through. Nothing is officially confirmed, but rumor has it that Meghan’s foundation was Dior’s newest formula, the Backstage Face & Body Foundation.

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Baby Alert: Jessica Nkosi is pregnant!

The beautiful Jessica Nkosi is with child! The Isibaya actress announced the news in the most ‘extra’ way possible… on the cover of a magazine. Nkosi graced the cover of the July issue of True Love magazine in a mesh-knit, red, bodycon dress, complete with a baby bump. We can’t wait to see the little one come into the world; we’re sure Jess’ is going to be the ultimate slay queen mama.

Congratulations Jessica! 

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Priyanka Chopra says she’s ‘found her feet’ in her 30s

Priyanka Chopra feels like she’s “found her feet” in her 30s.

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The 35-year-old actress – who turned heads at the Royal Wedding in a custom-made Vivienne Westwood lavender suit – says she hasn’t always been the fashionista the public has grown to love and that there are many embarrassing style moments that she’d like to forget.

Priyanka confessed: “My teens were a little bit more tight pants, ponytails, hoops, puffy jackets. I was that girl in the 90s.

“And then came the 2000s and me becoming an actress and I started wearing everything. Jewellery, clothes, hair, make-up! And then I realised that I looked like a Christmas tree going forward. So then I backtracked a little and I became too simple.”

The ‘Quantico’ star now thanks stylist Mimi Cuttrell – who’s known for her work with models Gigi and Bella Hadid – for not being afraid to take risks when it comes to trying different outfits.

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar magazine, she said: “I’m always changing out of clothes, changing into clothes, and being really chic at it. That’s why I need amazing people like her.”

A recent iconic moment for Priyanka was her Ralph Lauren ensemble at the Met Gala, where all eyes were on her as she stepped onto the red carpet in a deep burgundy velvet gown and jaw-dropping gold beaded hood, which took 250 hours to create.

The Indian-born beauty – who’s rumoured to be dating singer Nick Jonas – went on to explain how her style has evolved with age and that she now sticks to what feels most authentic to her.

She revealed: “I think I’ve finally found my feet in my 30s, as a woman and as a fashionista.

“I think I’ve realised that I really have to be true to me and what I want to say, whatever the trends might be, what am I feeling at that moment.”

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Nick Jonas reportedly brought Priyanka Chopra to his cousin’s wedding

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Up until now, all the public has seen or heard of Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra‘s rumoured relationship is a group shot of the pair on a boat during Memorial Day weekend and a series of (admittedly adorable) Instagram flirtations. But, lest you think the pairing is merely a breezy summertime fling, photos that surfaced this past weekend seem to prove that things are actually getting pretty serious between the pair.

The pics, which were taken on Saturday and published by the Daily Mail on Monday, show Jonas and Priyanka Chopra walking arm-in-arm while reportedly attending the Atlantic City, New Jersey, wedding of one of Jonas’s cousins. It seems that the Quantico actress is already meeting the family. In fact, Chopra can be seen sitting next to Jonas’s younger brother, Frankie, and parents Kevin Sr. and Denise in one of the shots. Jonas’s oldest brother, Kevin, was reportedly also in attendance and served as a groomsman, while his wife, Danielle, also joined the wedding party as a bridesmaid.

For the beachside wedding, Jonas, 25, wore a dark navy suit over a black button-down shirt and white slip-on sneakers. Chopra, 35, turned up the glam in a gold silk wrap dress with a matching gold purse and strappy gold sandals. Chopra also reportedly joined the Jonases the next day for a casual post-wedding Sunday brunch; at the gathering, she wore a light, floral midi dress and sunglasses, while her date opted for jeans, a red plaid shirt, aviator sunglasses, and a navy blue baseball cap.

The duo first sparked dating rumors more than a year ago, when they walked the 2017 Met Gala red carpet together. Chopra brushed that speculation aside shortly after, however, telling Jimmy Kimmel, “We were both wearing Ralph Lauren, and we decided to go together because it was fun.” About a year later, the rumors have reignited, prompted by their MDW hangout, a subsequent outing to a Los Angeles Dodgers game, and, most recently, their newfound habit of leaving cutesy comments on each other’s Instagram posts. If they keep this up, there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing Chopra at yet another Jonas family wedding very soon.

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Meghan Markle dares not to wear sleeves at the Queen’s birthday celebration

Each June, the British army celebrates the birthday of the reigning monarch (which has been Queen Elizabeth II for all of the recorded time) in a ceremony called Trooping the Colour. (Just roll that phrase around for a second.) But the real event this year wasn’t the military exercises that take place outside Buckingham Palace—instead, it was the Trooping the Colour debut of one Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, just shy of a month after her wedding to Prince Harry in May.

“Meghan Markle may be a royal now, but she’s still taking risks!” proclaimed People on Saturday, adding her latest breach with tradition to a long list of minute deviations from already informal royal codes. Over the past year, Markle has been breathlessly observed in numerous casual buns with carefree flyaway bits; she once gave a young girl an autograph, and she even dared not to wear pantyhose to a photocall last year. This time, her trespass was a sartorial one: In a Carolina Herrera dress, an off-the-shoulder silhouette in blush pink with buttons up one side of the bodice, she strayed from the unspoken tradition that royal women shall wear sleeves to the event. For the past seven years, Kate Middleton—Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge—has worn dresses whose sleeves reach past the elbow, again according to People, and ditto Princess Diana, who began attending the ceremony even before marrying into the royal family, wearing a custom floral Bill Pashley suit for her first appearance in 1981.

This year, Kate again opted for something a bit more demure, a pale blue Alexander McQueen dress with a square neckline, slightly poufed shoulders, and three-quarter-length sleeves. Both sisters-in-law wore dramatic, saucer-shaped fascinators—Meghan’s, by milliner Philip Treacy; Kate’s, by Juliette Botterill—in colours coordinating their dresses.

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