The current Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Unoaku Anyadike, tells Ademola Olonilua about her style
Have you always been a fashion inclined person?
I would not say that I have always been fashion inclined hundred per cent. I just like to stand out and wear what I think is good on me and feel comfortable in it. I will not wear what is trending especially if it makes me uncomfortable. If I don’t like it, I will not wear it.
Does that mean you do not follow trends?
No I don’t follow trends. If it comes and I like it; feel good, comfortable and it complements my looks, then I may indulge in it. I just wear what I feel comfortable in.
What clothes do you feel comfortable wearing?
I am more comfortable in dresses and jeans, but I am not a fan of skirts. I can wear them but it depends.
Why don’t you like wearing skirts, don’t you like your legs?
I did not say short skirts, the skirt could be long and nobody would see my legs. I don’t hate them but I do not feel comfortable wearing skirts. I would rather wear dresses.
What would you never be caught wearing?
I would never be caught wearing leggings with a short top. I hate that outfit even though a lot of people wear it. I think it is awful and that is one thing I know I would never be caught wearing.
You don’t seem to like wearing short dresses?
Is there a reason for wearing short and revealing dresses? I know girls do it but that is not me. It does not depict my kind of person. I do not like to reveal my body because it is the temple of the Lord. Why should I reveal my body?
How often do you go to spas?
I love going to spas and I would advise people to take time and visit them as often as possible. However, I am very particular about what I put on my body. I mind the kind of cream, soap, and facial cleanser I use. I do not just put anything on my body especially my face. I like going to spas for manicure and pedicure but before anyone rubs anything on my body, I really need to know what they are applying on my skin. Every girl should make out time for such pampering, but it is not easy.
The trend now is bleaching, as a dark complexioned girl, have you ever considered that?
I have never at any point thought I should be fairer than the way God created me. I don’t think it is a good trend for people to follow. Who says you are not beautiful the way you were created? Who says you must be fair to be beautiful? It is not a good thing to bleach at all.
Have you always been comfortable with being a slim girl?
When I was in primary school, I was very skinny. I remember my parents used to complain to me then that I seldom ate. Every day, they counted my ribs for me and whenever I ate, they told me that one rib had disappeared. I have always been a skinny person. When I was going to the boarding house, my parents were very scared because they thought I would not eat. They asked me to promise them that I would eat and not starve myself. It was not intentional; it is just that I am not a big fan of food. I eat only when I am hungry.
What is your fashion fetish?
I think it is perfumes because I love to smell good. I rather get a compliment about my smell than my shoes.
What is the fashion item you cannot leave home without?
To be honest, I don’t have. I wanted to say my eyeliner but I have left the house so many times without it. I am not a big fan of make-up. I can’t leave my house naked so I think it is going to be my clothes. I can’t leave home without my clothes.
Why don’t you like make up when that is the craze of the moment among ladies?
I apply make-up on my face only when it is absolutely necessary and that is because the make-up artistes always tell me that I need the make-up because of the lights and camera. Most times when they want to do my make-up, I ask them not to apply foundation but they say on television, they get all the angles so I need the foundation for the contours and highlights. If I had my way, I would just go out in a simple and plain way. I can do make up but a very light one. I don’t like make-up that makes you look completely different. I like something that compliments me. There are some people that heavy make-up does not work for. Every girl needs to know what suits their body, I know what suits mine and heavy make-up does not look good on me. People tell me especially my mother and sisters. I am not a big fan of make-up.
What is your most cherished fashion item?
It would be my jewellery box and it was given to me by my mother.
Why did you cut your hair?
I cut my hair because it was breaking. I used to have very healthy hair but because of relaxers, it started to break. My hair began to cut on its own before I decided to cut it. It was in a miserable state, so I cut it. I was not aiming to copy those that are claiming ‘team natural hair’. When it grows to the length that I want, then I can relax it and start taking proper care of it again.
How often do you work out?
I don’t work out at all and it is because I have not had a reason to do so yet. I would at some point anyway. I wanted to start about a week ago but different things came up and I forgot about it. I will at some point because I have the tendency to go big.
It seems you don’t have tattoos and extra piercings, is it intentional?
I only have the piercing I was given as a child. I don’t like extra piercing. I am okay with the one that I have. Tattoos are not just for me.
How has your reign been as the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria?
It has been interesting and this has been a different journey for me entirely. I will say that it has been alright.
Is this your first beauty pageant?
This is not my first beauty pageant. I used to go for pageants when I was in secondary school. I attended Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos. I partook in my first beauty pageant when I was in SS1. I was Miss Haiti because we chose the countries we wished to represent. We had managers who coached us and taught us how to do pageants. I was the first runner up in the contest. I went for Miss UI, in the University of Ibadan in my 100 level. I was the first runner up as well in the competition. I was to go for MBGN in 2014 but I opted out because I was sitting for my exams. It was either I went for the pageant and have an extra year in school because I would defer my admission or contest the following year. I chose to sit my exams and contest the following year.
What did you study?
I graduated from the University of Ibadan and I studied psychology.
What was your parents’ reaction when you informed them that you wanted to contest at the MBGN?
My parents were very supportive; they are not like some other parents that would discourage their children. They have always known that I would go for the pageant and they knew that I went for it in 2014. They did not stop me then, so in 2015 they were very supportive. Besides, this is not my first pageant. They knew it would get to this point and they were supportive just like my sisters.
What impact have you made in the lives of Nigerians as the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria?
I have been able to impact on the lives of people through my pet project which is on endometriosis. It is a health disorder that affects women. I chose this particular disorder because a lot of girls do not know about it. I just want to create awareness about it because it affects women. We don’t know the cause and there is no cure for it. I want to create awareness so that women can go for medical check-up and if they realise they have it, they can manage it easily. I used to have terrible menstrual pain which is one of the symptoms and that is how I knew about the illness. I would go online and read about it and when the opportunity came, I chose it as my pet project.