This week 27 year old bread seller Olajumoke Orisaguna broke the internet when she accidentally photobombed Tinie Tempah’s shoot in Lagos like a professional model. Well the time has come to see the gorgeous makeover done by Nigerian photographer TY Bello on the new African Cinderella.
According to TY Bello…
”Jumoke explained how she had worn the exact outfit in our photograph the day before and someone showed her her own photograph on his phone from facebook. A mallam led her to my studio that morning .
She narrated her journey to Lagos , A hair stylist from Ire in Osun state but not making enough profit between she and her husband, a sliding door installer in from same village, to care for their two young children .
At the invitation of a distant relative who knew someone operating a bakery , she relocated Lagos with her 14 month old daughter to give bread hawking a try, leaving her husband and older 5 year old behind .
As I listened to her I wandered if the beauty I had seen on my screen as I edited my image was a fluke ..well until she smiled ., I realized that I was wrong ., I had in fact ,underestimated the beauty of this 27 year old woman. As always, it was her eyes and of course her perfectly chiselled features that jumped out at you when she chuckled .
This lady belonged in front of my camera .After a conversation with her husband telling him the story of our meeting I decided I was going to photograph her that very afternoon..Within an hour ..Bimpe Onakoya , one of Nigeria’s leading makeup artist and Zubby one of my favourite hairstylist were at my studio to work magic. They had both followed the story online and were more than happy to put in their very best for her.
Olajumoke .., with curly extensions out ,revealed a short natural Afro that beautifully hugged her face.Bimpe Onakoya also had decided to keep the make up minimal… She stepped in front of my camera and I almost couldn’t recognize her . She moved different too.Jumoke looked straight into my lens emoting like she had done this all her life …. I knew we had found a star”
With God all things are possible! Wishing Jumoke the very best
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