Emma addresses the sometimes controversial ‘sex sells’ slogan.
Rising Triple MG signee, Emma Nyra in an interview with Encomium touched a few topics inclusive of the ‘sex sells’ ideology. She also spoke on another of society’s ill – bleaching and why she likes to flaunt her boobs.
Read excerpts from the interview:
On flaunting her boobs despite their relatively small size
Its confidence, you understand. It’s not that I flaunt them but part of your selling point as a female artist is your body, your voice, your look, your hair, everything. Chidinma‘s lack of hair is her selling point, you understand. Each part of you is your selling point.
Somebody like Toolz for example, her selling point is her body. Before her voice, it’s her body. As a woman, her own packaging is always different. I have grown up to be comfortable with the way the skin is because I have accepted the fact that I can’t change it, I have to accept the way I am. Men don’t look at me, the women look at women. If I go out with or without makeup, a man will not notice. But if I go out and I see a woman, she will say Emma Nyra you are looking different from how I see you on TV. She would comment on everything to my eyebrow but a man won’t look that deep unless he is into fashion and everything. I have learnt to accept myself. If you are not confident about yourself, people won’t buy your brand.Emma Nyra
I grew up with white people and I noticed that white people tan. They wanted to look like me whereas I wanted to look like them while growing up because I wanted to belong. This bleaching thing, Indians do it too, even Americans do it too. It’s been so bad lately because the society’s perception of beauty has to do with it. The lighter the better, whereas, in Europe, the darker the better. Dark hair, dark skin, it’s a kind of class. That’s how they do their own class system. Our own is just, we have grown up watching aunties bleach. When I first came to Nigeria, I went to a store and I couldn’t find a regular cream, all I saw was whitening. I went to Dubai, the same thing. Indians and Arabs, they bleach. I am more concerned with clear skin, not light or dark or whatever because I grew up seeing girls wanting to be dark. So it didn’t affect me that way. I don’t support bleaching, I don’t think it’s right. Some people wear padded bra, some wear padded bum. As a woman, you can choose whatever you want. You can change your nose, your breast, anything. But as for bleaching, because of the long term effect, I don’t think it’s good for you.Emma Nyra