Ade Hassan, founder and CEO of Nubian Skin has been awarded with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). The British-Nigerian businesswoman who decided create lingerie/undergarments that suits the skin tone of women of color was honored for her services to fashion as part of the 2017 Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours. Ade made sure she brought a piece of the motherland to the Buckingham Palace. Check out her parents attire
The event was held on Monday, 31 October where the one and only His Royal Highness Prince William, presented Ade Hassan with her award.
On coming up with Nubian Skin, Ade revealed in an interview with Elle Magazine back in July that…
I loved the idea of Nubian Skin, but I hadn’t quite figured out how to make it happen. I needed to save more money, and I was working in a demanding, client-focused job, full-time in finance at a boutique private equity placement agency. Essentially, I was distracted. I was making a nice amount of money and enjoying the benefits of that, while also working on average ten to eleven hours a day, so I wasn’t quite focused on turning my dream into a reality. It was my 29th birthday [when things changed]. A really good friend, and at that point, the only non-family member with whom I’d shared my dream of Nubian Skin, sent me a birthday card with a message saying she loved the idea and hoped to see me on the cover of Forbes one day. The next day, I registered the company and started the trademark process. It was as if a switch had flipped, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It was pretty much non-stop from there, waking up very early and going to bed very late because I was still working full-time, but driven by adrenaline. I slept with a notebook beside my bed because I’d have ideas come to me in the middle of the night, and I had to write them down. It possessed me.