Fashion designer, stylist, entrepreneur and business mogul Toyin Lawani, Creative Director and CEO of Tiannah’s Place Empire showed that being stylish is not dependent on your body shape or size, as she stylishly rocked her baby bump on the cover of Exquisite Magazine.
Toyin Lawani is the experienced Fashion Stylist, Entrepreneur and Business Mogul that runs Elegante by TiannahStyling which was officially launched on the 1st of March 2012. Since its launch, Ms Lawani has been stylist and designer to a number of celebrities within Nigeria including Wizkid, Banky W, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Juliet Ibrahim, Waje, Stephanie Okereke Linus, Toke Makinwa, and Yvonne Nelson.
Internationally, she has designed outfits for Hollywood celebrities including Kelly Rowland, Bria Myles, Jennifer Richardson, and Natalie Nunn and has showcased in a number of shows including Africa Fashion Week London 2012, Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles 2012, Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Music Meets Runway 2012 and the Africa Fashion Week London 2013.
Ms Lawani who holds a Bachelors degree in English Language from the University of Lagos, has gone on to start up a kids line- EleganteKidz with her daughter Tiannah as the face of the line and gave birth to her second child, a son on the first of January 2014.
Below are excerpts from her interview on the magazine:
EM: What trimester of the pregnancy do you think is or was the easiest for you?
Toyin: The second trimester
EM: Tell us about your first pregnancy and this present one?
Toyin: The first one was quite comfortable and less stressful as I was younger at the time and she is now 8 years old and the face of Elegante kids, my fashion line for the younger ones
EM: How has your diet changed during pregnancy?
Toyin: I have an amazing cook which has made it easy for me to stick to my vegetables. I eat more of broccoli carrots and grilled fish/chicken and I love smoothies …avocado prawn salad is my favourite for now and I had to cut down on my sugar.
EM: What was your first thought when you knew you were pregnant?
Toyin: The first thought was “I hope I remember how I did it the first time” but well its maternal instincts it always comes back.
EM: Tell us about your style before and after pregnancy.
Toyin: My style hasn’t changed much from before. I love standing out and being unique and don’t think pregnancy should make you change how you dress. You just wear more comfortable clothes, but you can still keep it edgy
Also featured in the issue are fashion spreads, showcasing different fashion trends currently in vogue around the world, featuring Nigeria’s Next Supermodel winner, Cynthia Abdullahi.
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Photo – Hakeem Salaam
Makeup – Teni Coco
Stylist – Toyin Lawani
Hair – TiannahStyling
Model: Cynthia Abdullahi
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