My Style: Brenda Chuinkam

Brenda My Style - June 2013 - BellaNaija031I would love to think my personality is as colorful and adventurous as the person I am” – Brenda Chuinkam

My Style is one of our favourite features on the BN Style page, and judging from the responses it gathers, I can safely say, it has our readers interested.

BellaNaija reader Brenda Chuinkam of beauty and style blog Canneverbeaskinnybish is our My Style focus for this edition. She is a Cameroonian style and beauty blogger that loves to dress up and look pretty. With a curvy body and a love for body con dresses, Brenda likes to dress sexy at all times. Find out about how she expresses fashion and how her personality makes her style pop.

My Style Is
Fun, cute and sexy. I love that I accentuate my curves even in subtle ways without coming off as a “hoochie.”

Style Meets Personality
My style is happy because I am a happy person. I believe my personality is as colourful and adventurous as I am. I love trying new things – from trying new food to going on a helicopter ride or even moving to a new city. I express this in the bold colours and prints I wear.

Although when I’m in a less happy mood, I tend to be attracted to darker colours in my wardrobe.

Where I Shop Till I Drop
My favourite places to shop are basically on-line stores because I hate going to malls. I like stores like Asos, H&M, Zara, Lulus, Gojane, Shoedazzle, Andrea Iyamah, Designofadiaspora, Zeena Kay, Forever 21, Boohoo and Topshop.

I used to have a very unhealthy shopping habit which stemmed from the fact that I never created a budget for myself. My shopping used to be; see, like and buy. I always ended up regretting it. Thanks to some good counselling from my brother, I was able to come up with a great budget based on my income. I have a fixed amount that I spend on clothes and that amount increases when Isell my old clothes. So I created a store where I sell the clothes I don’t wear any more The money I make becomes extra money for clothes. This way I can shop without going into my savings.

Hair Glam
My hair has actually been changing recently. For a long time all I did to my hair was braids – box braids to be specific. Then I tried to use weaves but now I think I’ll be going back to braids pretty soon. I find them easy to maintain and versatile. My hair is natural underneath so I am growing it out until it reaches a certain length. Then I’ll be rocking my afro. I find that I am not creative when it comes to styling my natural hair so I’m working on that.


Flirty Me

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My Calm Side

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What I Wear to Work
My regular day look is always appropriate enough for work, but I am not a fan of wearing the corporate look every day. So I switch it up. Instead of that, I wear maxi skirts, leather jackets, shift and body con dresses as well as cute mini skirts. Whatever I’m wearing to work usually involves throwing a blazer on top-just to be on the safe side. I can’t risk losing my job for the sake of fashion.

I Own the Night
I hardly go out at night but when I do, I like to pick a subtle but attention grabbing dress that is still classy. I love to accentuate my curves and I find that bandage and body con dresses as well as cute skirts do this for me. During the cool nights, a black leather jacket is a must for me.

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Strike a Pose

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I Think Every Girl Should Have
A large black tote, nude pumps, at least one black leather jacket, a white blazer, a Kente skirt, a bright and colourful maxi skirt, red lipstick, a gold watch and a long black dress.

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The Bare Accessories of Style
I am one of those people who has a lot of jewelry. I used to wear a lot of accessories but now I keep them to a minimum. The ones I wear the most include my watch, a leopard print scarf, my cat-eye sunglasses, my white and gold dangling earrings, a set of gold bracelets and 2 cute gold necklaces.

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My Advice for Other Stylistas
I don’t like giving “advice”, I like giving my opinion and whoever wants to take it can. What I would say is get to know what looks good on your body. I know that certain styles of dresses and skirts that look horrible on me and I stay away from them. No one can tell you what to wear, but people can tell you what you look better in – not everyone can where cropped tops and shorts and still look cute.

Also go to stores and try on clothes just to see what colours, textures and cuts accentuate your natural beauty and body. Never wear something because it is “in”. This is because you may end up looking like a clown and as quick as it became the “it” thing, is how fast it will be “out of fashion”. Then you’ll be stuck with something you bought in the spur of the moment.

I Love Bold Colours

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If I Could Steal a Celebrity’s Wardrobe
I would like to mix up several wardrobes because I don’t think anyone out there has a complete wardrobe. I would mix Solange Knowles, Shirley B. Enaing, Agatha of Irony of Ashi, Beyonce,  Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Yvonne Nelson, Duchess Kate Middleton and Audrey Hepburn‘s wardrobes. See what I meant by there’s not just 1 single person? With all of these combined, I would be able to have the most versatile wardrobe.

Which Celebrity Stole My Look
Eku Edewor. She’s just the slimmer, richer version of me.

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My Style Philosophy
Wear what looks good on you. The philosophy of my blog revolves around this subject. I was once an obese teenager and then I went on to become skinny with a very bad eating habit. I became the skinny girl I wanted to be and yet it wasn’t enough. That’s when my body retaliated and I got really curvy so I had to work hard to tone up.

Thanks a lot to Brenda for sharing her My Style with us. For more on her style follow her on Twitter at @yesbrendacan, Instagram at @theonlyskinnybish and visit her blog; Canneverbeaskinnybish
If you are interested in appearing on My Style, simply send two pictures of yourself or that of a friend depicting a typical day and night look with a short summary of your style to style(at)bellanaija(dot)com. When your entry is approved, you will be required to send in more pictures and personal commentaries on your style or that of your friend as the case may be!

98 Comments on My Style: Brenda Chuinkam
  • Meeeee June 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I like some of her outfits…they look great on her. Not a fan of some. And, she has a beautiful shape.

  • Mz Socially Awkward… June 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    All I see are CURVES! Woman, those hips… that tiny waist… those legs… your body is amazing. The name of that blog as well is just hilarious.

    Also laughed at her comment on Eku Edewor “She’s just the skinnier, richer version of me”. Honey, I could say that about a lot of people… 🙂

    • Idak June 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      You just stole my comment. These girls curves are wicked. Together with those legs of hers ,she has a wicked combo.
      Forget the clothes,those curves are it.

  • BUKKY June 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I what more can a girl be….shes a complete package….i totally love her style.arrrrgh!her wardrobe is to die for.On the oda note….i knw some beefers will still come n beef dis geh with all dere stupid comments.God is watching u ooo

    • Peju June 5, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      You can’t impose your style on others, am not gonna rock most of these. Style is personal and we may become strongly opinionated about it so I have a choice to say, I am not feeling these

      • Brenda June 6, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        You are very right and thanks for your sincerity and for putting it politely. My style does not appeal to everyone and that is perfectly understandable.

  • hlekani miyen June 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    very nice.i just love the way u put ure outfits together. 🙂

  • kim June 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Love her style!

  • jcsgrl June 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Aaamazingly gorgeous style and oh so hot hod! If anybody opens their mouth to say this girl no get style ehn…Please I will like to steal your wardrobe. When are you travelling so I know when to stop by biko?

  • sarafina June 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    She is gorge! Muah!

  • Toolz ni June 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Hmh…that body

  • B.a-d June 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Awwww. Shes so sweet. U really r the curviest bitch. Seriously. Skinny is so overrated if u ask me. I think ure real and i love how u say mz edewor is d richer version. Dunno though. I just know i want to give her an egg panini wnevr i see her. whatever. i think my styles more ‘ man repeller ‘ than anything else. If i had a perfect closet it wud be jeannie mai of How do i look. I love how u wek the kente.

    • Straight4ward June 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Why use the word …”BITCH” for crying out loud?? very inappropriate and so uncouth for a lady.

      • Meeeee June 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        Very uncouth for anyone…ladies and gents included.

      • Coco June 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm

        It’s *bish* not *bitch* and it’s too make fun of the whole situation. If you checked out her blog you would know what she is all about and stands for. Is that all you got?

    • iCrossMyHeart June 5, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      So you praise someone by putting another person down. Classy. Very classy. Her style: trendy, boring, common, trying too hard. But the girl is beautiful and her confidence radiating.

      • asgrl June 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        Seriously though what is the meaning of common? I mean if everybody shops at ASOS, Zara, DP, etc etc. the only way one can be different is to either go out naked or sew your own clothes. Abeg let the girl be.

      • Brenda June 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        LOL, you make me laugh! If this is what common looks like, I’ll be happy to be labeled as “common”

  • mo June 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Now this is style!!
    Love it!

  • BeeEss June 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Gadddammmnnnn!!! 1st of all, your body is the future! Amen somebody!
    Second of all, your style is Oh So Fabulous! Love every bit of it!

  • pynk June 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    great body! totally totally!

  • pamilerin June 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Shes got style ,very few people do this days.

  • Khalimat June 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Found some stunning ,love d polka dot skirt.

  • Sisi Eko June 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    wooow! this is lovely1 to think that I love fashion….really need to improve tho:)

  • Anonymous June 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Yes she has style but if she was Nigerian y’all will still look for faults..

    • Specs June 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

      she’s not Nigeria??….dang!!

    • Specs June 6, 2013 at 7:54 am

      she’s not Nigerian??….dang!! Now I have to look for faults…lol.

  • Gertrude June 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Teehee Mac alumni all over Bellanaja recently. You’ve always had great style Brenda!

  • Kaltume June 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    THAT BODY! Oh my LAWD!!!

  • FineBoyNoJob June 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Damnnnnn son! that waist plus she cute too #np Iyanya – your waist

  • amanda June 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Awwww Brenda am so proud of you oh (btw bella naija fam we went to primary and secondary skool together, don’t care if you guys think am famzing..loll)

    • Brenda June 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Amanda!!! Thank you girl!! Awww 🙂 and no, you are not Famzing! lol

  • Baby Dee June 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Simply gors and noice… I love those nude pumps and now i know how i can wear that yellow skirt i have lying fallow in my closet.

  • Couture fashion June 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Honey, you look fabulous in all those outfits

  • Mama June 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm
  • Concerned_Boyfriend June 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Legz for years!… Gimme two puuurr!

  • Nora June 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Lool …………. @ Eku Edewor is the skinnier and richer version of me……..Her style is amazing……her body as well.

  • Chikaka June 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Love it all.

  • ms lala June 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    GO!!!!! Brenda….looking fab!!!!

  • aunty June 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Jehovah, please dash me some curves na

    • Idak June 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      From your keyboard to the ears of God. Every woman needs a good those of what Brenda has up there (imho)

  • Bey June 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    She tried sha ! She copied sum of solange’s style..yeap no one can rock print on print like solange does

  • Shallie’s Purple Beehive June 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Been following her blog for a while Lovely Personality shes got..

  • Trendyrammy June 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I love your style,keep it up

  • sue June 5, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Cute,Classy and Gorgeous……….lol@Eku is the slimmer and richer version of me!(That made me laugh)……visit my blog guys…for some great inspiring and motivational features and quotes…..visit my blog bellanaija!!….x0x0

  • Thandi June 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Daaang! This girl has me doubting my sexuality. them curves. hawt.

  • Wale June 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm


  • Gloria Jacobs June 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Brenda really loves to shop….lovely

  • Obongawan June 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    hips of life.

  • jennietobbie June 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Canneverbeaskinnybish she’s been there, done that!!! Love it!!! Fabulous et classy!!

  • Mma June 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Aww, nice one Brenda. Also check out brenda’s style feature on African Sweetheart!

  • GreenDiamond June 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    you have good fashion sense..but i think u should go easy on the short skirts yea but still you have got taste!!!

  • Cynthia June 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    All I see are curvessss, damnnnn, she reminds me of my Cameroonian friend , same body frame.

  • Awaiting Moderation June 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Some hits, some misses.Not digging her style.Too trendy in my opinion!Gorgeous girl though.

  • Chic June 6, 2013 at 12:04 am

    that Zara bag has suffered lol every female fashion blogger I read seems to have one! I like this girl’s style sha and loves that she embraces her curves

  • June 6, 2013 at 1:07 am

    She’s such a vibranista. Bravo ma soeur camerounaise. Those hips don’t lie.

  • muke alison June 6, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Brenda, you rock gurl, Just keep the fire burning and as usual pay no attention to all these haters coz they’ve got nothing on you. Curves and style all on point. #Team 237

  • Specs June 6, 2013 at 2:13 am

    omo!!! see fine girl!! your body just totally inspired me mehn!! i’m not joking oh! As in I’m going to the gym tomorrow morning!! As for your style, I find it trendy, but if I’d be honest it’s probably cos I don’t have enough swag to carry them jere….lol

  • Dlapikin June 6, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Humm Go Brenda! 237 well represented!!

  • NNENNE June 6, 2013 at 4:07 am


  • Aduke June 6, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Cool!…Banging body plus those lovely legssss! iLike!
    But i think u try waaaaay too hard with most of ur poses tho.

    My fav: Luvvvv! :::::::::::>>

  • zoomzoomzoom June 6, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Beautiful. She’s very stylish.

  • kutenluvly June 6, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Yeyyy!!! Brenda was featured!!! Babe,am a huge fan. Been following your blog for a while now. Oh yes!,Great curves and amazing style. Am soo happy u were featured on bnaija. U go girl! FF me on instagram @kutenluvly

    • Brenda June 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you so much! Now following you 🙂

  • hmm June 6, 2013 at 7:51 am

    all i see is the tiny waist, flat tummy and wide hips. biko, how do you maintain such combo?

    • Brenda June 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Aww,thank you! I do squats and eat lots of fish, vegetables and chicken…I try and do lots of squats as well and A LOT of walking! Some of it is Genetics though…I won’t lie. My mom is the definition of “coke-bottle body”

  • Nonnie June 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

    i love the fact that she understands that to look good you dont have to be half naked. she is on Point!!

  • Ada June 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Must you put skinny people down? abii are you beefing skinny ladies she looks good for now i bet after kids she will be fat like you called mercy johnson nice body though and stop hating on skinny girls we are over rated not our fault deal with it *tongues out*

    • Brenda June 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      LOL Ada I am not hating on them…far from it! If you checkout the blog you’ll understand. I tried so hard to be skinny like you guys but never succeeded. I was the *bish* when I got sickly thin;I was always tired and hungry! My body is not meant to be skinny,you guys are blessed with it! No need to be sticking tongues out, we’re all beautiful women.

  • Angel June 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Love every bit of your style…my fav is the black and silver midi dress,made my jaw drop. Lovely once again.XO

  • Priscy June 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Ur body is to die for..omg. How did you get that flat tommy? Dat’s all I wish for.

    Damn…u’ve got style.

    • Brenda June 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Aww,thank you! I do squats and eat lots of fish, vegetables and chicken…I try and do lots of squats as well and A LOT of walking! Some of it is Genetics though…I won’t lie. My mom is the definition of “coke-bottle body”

  • Eugenia June 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

    nice curves…..

  • ALEXA June 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Very beautiful collections!!!

  • Miss tee June 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Love, love, love!!!! She’s got amazing style and a banging body.. She’s pretty too! You go girl!

  • Stella Kashmoney June 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I love her style. She rocks.

  • David Ogene June 6, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Looks absolutely fab! Looking hawt!

  • JEN June 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Nice posts….please i am begging bella naija to feature someone on the blog. She has a great sense of style trust me……..please visit her blog i beg:

  • Mz Shona June 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Killer shape…my fav picture is d one u v got dt black and silver dress on….Tz amazing

  • sophie June 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Wow! Hot.. I want ur wardrobe..

  • Omo1 June 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Nice style…but I see too much of the one leg up

    • Brenda June 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      LOL! I know, I was going through my pictures and noticed the same thing…it’s the pose I’m the most comfortable with…lol

  • Berry Dakara June 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Dear God, Please help me have her itty bitty waist and stomach. Amen.

    I’m not a fan of all her looks. But she’s stylish in her own way. Keep it up!

  • amarachi June 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Luvly style

  • comment awaiting moderation! June 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    No matter how you guys tried to put skinny girls down,they still rule the world! Gbam,no one can take that out,atleast not for now,stop making your self feel better…Almost every style features in this blog,always wish to raid Eku wadrope*,if she doesn’t look good no one will surely want her..Brenda has trending sense of style,luv the bold choice of colours as well,but I’m not so feeling her on short dresses,I mean,she got muscular legs,not a very good sight…but she still rock.

    • Brenda June 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Haha, for the exact reason why you say I should not wear shorter dresses is why i wear them. Who says people with what you call muscular legs shouldn’t wear shorter dresses?-It’s people…the same people who say someone else’s legs are too skinny for short stuff…the same people who say this person is showing too much skin and that one isn’t so in the end, no one wins right? I had been bullied in the past by people with minds like you but now I decided to educate. You’re skinny? Good for you, Great! be proud, love yourself but not at someone else’s expense.

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  • SASSYCASSIE June 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    you prefer scrawny legs, others prefer her kind of legs. one man’s meat…

  • Sarah adebayo June 6, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Well Cameroun women are known to be tick! she represents them well, it’s di food!! its di food!

  • Flora B June 7, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Fellow Cameroonian girl, you totally rock……..your shape and your style are to die for. Gosh,i’m so proud of you.Did I mention I’m also Cameroonian *wink* but my style is nothing compared to yours.Could certainly use some tips lol.Will you be visiting home anytime soon? *hopeful look*

  • madam June 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

    i love ur style, CLASSY!! but aunty must u do ‘one leg up’ in all your pose?

  • Janet June 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

    yes yes I love your style girl

  • meez June 13, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Aww I like u and I haven’t even met u! U hv style and most of all u look very comfortable in ur outfits!

  • The Mane Captain August 18, 2013 at 4:58 am

    greatjob brenda! I love your style. Your curves really make those outfits look good.

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