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International Style Queens of African Heritage: Tolula Adeyemi

Ijeoma Balogun

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Here’s something that ought to get you excited!

There are some women of African heritage that have been killing it on the international red carpet and we’ve decided to do a special ‘mini-series’ on them.

We will be featuring 4 international style queens of African heritage once a week over a month long run. We kick off our run with London ‘It girl’, Tolula Adeyemi.

Tolula Adeyemi is a Nigerian-born model, DJ and budding actress; with her debut performance as a jazz singer in Dustin Hoffman’s movie; Last Chance Harvey (2008). She also owns La Taetra, a theatre company.

Discovered at the age of seventeen at high street store Topshop she has captured the attention of the media and the fashion industry with her successes as Vivienne Westwood’s muse (she appears in the acclaimed designers 2008 Gold label Ad campaign), being the current face of British luxury sports/active wear label Hari and editorials in Vanity Fair, British Vogue, Hello and various other magazines.

Tolula is one of the darlings of Britain’s fashion scene. Her quirky yet glamorous style has made her a favourite on the red carpet. She often describes her style as ‘a mixture of masculine and feminine shapes, lines and structures’ and regards actresses; Josephine Baker, Jean Seberg and photographer Lee Miller as the inspiration behind her stylish looks.

Tolula successfully pulls off a unique looks effortlessly. Her style is retro glam, fun and flirty. She moves beyond style boundaries, and takes risks which make her style distinctive and interesting to follow.

Take a look at some of her best ensembles below:

In a Manjit Deu mini dress and Charlotte Olympia Platform Pumps

In a Manjit Deu mini dress and Charlotte Olympia Platform Pumps

Tolula combines two metallics and looks flirty in this futuristic mini dress.

In a Manish Arora top and leggings

In a Manish Arora top and leggings

I love the textures in this outfit. There’s a lot going on, but she manages to put it all in balance.

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Spotting an Louis Vuitton bag and a pair of LV spicy heels

I really love this look; casual yet dressy. she epitomizes tomboy chic here!

In LV Resort 2009

In LV Resort 2009

Tolula opts for a simple dress which graciously skims through her delicate curves.

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In a dress by Ana Sekularac

This is a dramatic piece, she manages to pull it off without the dress seeming like its engulfing her petite frame.

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In Dolce and Gabbana

This Dolce and Gabbana dress is a very sexy choice for her as it does wonders to her curves.

In a Manjit Deu dress and Louis Vuitton Clutch

In a Manjit Deu dress and Louis Vuitton Clutch

Tolula seems to have a thing for Manjit Deu, the pieces are quirky and suit her personality. She stands out in this piece at the British Fashion Awards.

In Louis Vuitton shoes

In Louis Vuitton shoes

What we see here is a monochrome ensemble exuding what Tolula will call ‘Drama Queen’.  It’s the Elle Style Awards, she definitely puts her best foot forward!

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This is a very nice look…the colours, the fusion of the prints, it’s effortless, it’s chic!

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In a cocktail dress by Ana Sekularac

She opts for a simple silhouette but spices things up with her accessories and leopard print shoes.

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Vivienne Westwood Print dress and Mulberry Clutch

Taking a risk, she combines a busy print dress and a bold oversized clutch.

Credits: WireImage, Vogue, Gettyimages, Life

Ex-Style Editor at Large - BellaNaija.com , Now Founder/CEO Redrick Public Relations Limited. @ijeomabalogun

16 Comments

  1. eni

    March 4, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Wow! Tolula’s style is f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s
    She has really carved a niche for herself as a fashionista
    the newly launched Vogue Black actually just did something on her
    Nice one IJ — You are always on point with your style features

  2. toni

    March 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    WOOOOOOOOOOW! she looks great in everything…she manages to look quirky but still very stylish

  3. Gingergingerakaswaggerswagger

    March 5, 2010 at 1:33 am

    love her style also love the fact that she is rocking her real hair!!!

  4. Gingergingerakaswaggerswagger

    March 5, 2010 at 1:34 am

    please feature sophie Okonedo

  5. myopinionishonest

    March 5, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Effortlessly chic and stylish. Thanks for posting this. Our ladies need to understand that style is effortless and not fussy.Simple, clean and never over accessorized or overly done up. :-*

  6. Bola #1

    March 5, 2010 at 5:43 am

    i like her as westwood’s muse- quirky meets fun!

  7. fokasibe

    March 5, 2010 at 7:06 am

    THIS IS IT!!!! Fabulous!!

  8. MiaJadore

    March 5, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Absolutely Fabulous! Great job as usual IJ.

  9. Terence Sambo

    March 5, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Tolula’s my muse!!!!!!! luv luv luv her to bitssssss she’s eccentric n dats refreshing. she emits dis independent & strong dnt mess wit me vibe and its so du jour…..

    http://onenigerianboy.blogspot.com

  10. aosgrl

    March 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    essh i need that leopard mulberry bayswater in my life

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  13. Michy

    August 5, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Fab legs and killer style! You should see her on vogue.co.uk as the new Today I’m Wearing girl. It’s basically a photo-blog of her outfits on a daily basis, Olivia Palermo from The City did it, TV presenter Alexa Chung and model Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley.
    You can see her here:
    http://www.vogue.co.uk/photo-blogs/tolula-adeyemi/100728-tolula-adeyemi-day-5.aspx

    What doy you think? I love her 4th day ensemble don’t you?

  14. oly

    November 29, 2010 at 6:54 am

    where can i buy the Manjit Deu mini dress

  15. toni

    August 4, 2011 at 7:24 am

    i think she’s my doppleganger and we have the same first name. love it

  16. toni

    August 4, 2011 at 7:25 am

    whoops doppelganger not doppleganger

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