After their January edition featuring Toni Tones and the February’s featuring Vimbai Mutinhiri, fashion retail store ZAZAII is out with the March edition of its ‘Influencer Series’ featuring Genevieve Magazine online editor, Elizabeth Awoliyi.
“From her eclectic style to her role as an online influencer, media girl Liz Awoliyi isn’t afraid of taking risks. She talks to the Trenditorial about work, style and everything in between”, says team ZAZAII.
Read her interview below:
How would you describe your style?
I think my style is casual, chic. I have a few similar pieces in mycloset and I stick to the flattering styles. There’s nothing to avant-garde or out of box. Day to day I wear loose fitting pieces, for moreformal outings I have a few structured pieces. I know my body sowell and know what suits me and I stick to it. I’m not veryexperimental with new trends. I won’t wear something just because its
trending right now. I wear clothes that flatter and complement me,only a few of us are truly blessed with the body of a goddess… lol.So, over the years, I’ve learnt to accept and love mine, and focus and enhance the good bits style wise.
Some of the people I consider mentors My mum, My mother-inlawBetty Irabor, Bola Balogun, Oprah
Best career advice:
Have multiple streams of income. (especially here in Nigeria)
What makes you feel glamorous:
Pencil skirts and heels.
What is your mantra?
Hard-works beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. It’s all aboutputting in the work!
How does your work influence your style?
I’m surrounded by fashion, fashion stylist, stylish people, so althoughI have my own personal style, I definitely get influenced. My job rolemeans I’m on the internet for hours on end so I get to see loads ofdifferent style pages, I’m also constantly sent Lookbooks both fromlocal designers and international so I do pick fashion ideas up…
I’ve learnt not to let excitement make me announce things prematurely, so I’m more patient now and only announce things whethey are fully birthed. There are a few things in the pipeline, so watchthis space.
What do you cherish about your career and how far you have come?
I feel like a chameleon because I am constantly re-branding and my career has allowed me to realise that I am multi-faceted. I cherish thefact I have been able to dive into pretty much anything that excites me, in one way or another.
Next Big Milestone?
I have my white wedding coming up in a couple of weeks, which for me right now is as big as it gets…. Shortly after that I’ll be gearing up for 100% entrepreneurship life and that’s very exciting.
Style go-to uniform?
Loose fitting tops of any form and jeans, I love chiffon and silk tops as they don’t cling to me, I am not a fan of anything too tight up top for day to day. These days I’m all about comfort and find myself wearing wedges, flats or trainers more often than not.
Staples for a bad hair day?
A wig! Lol, recently got into these but I wear it for 3 days and I gettired, my husband isn’t a fan either, so I’m considerate. I have a fewhats for when my edges aren’t as laid as I’d like.
Things you love and hate about the media/entertainmentindustry?
The perks are amazing trust me. I get loads of freebies from businesses, free gifts, clothes, accessories, dinners, heck through my job in the last few months I’ve been to South Africa twice; Durban,Capetown, Jo’burg, as well as a trip to Barcelona.The downside is that it gets overwhelming, sometimes it feels as though there are no days off an I end up neglecting those closest tome because I’m constantly wrapped up in something work related. IBam learning to balance this out though, its all about creating a balance.
I also feel like the nature of the job allows for people to have the wrong impression of one’s character, as you can’t form a personal relationship with everyone.The perks certainly outweigh though…
Now, for photos from the shoot…
Visit ZAZAII to shop her looks.
Principal Photography: Adebayo Jolaoso
Styling: The Advisory at ZAZAII
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