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Say Hello to Elizabeth Arden’s 1st African Ambassador, Nigerian Model Adeola Ariyo



Adeola Ariyo for Elizabeth Arden Africa Ambassador - BellaNaija - February 2014

Great news Africa. On Thursday 13th February 2014, Nigerian model Adeola Ariyo was selected as the first ever African Ambassador for Beauty company Elizabeth Arden. The 28 year old will be taking over the duties of the Elizabeth Arden South African Ambassador Lerato Moloi, whose reign centered only in South Africa.

Listed among her new job description would be featuring in Elizabeth Arden’s campaigns for Skin Illuminating, Visible Difference and Perfectly Nude SPF15, all while she is under the mentorship of Lerato Moloi.

At a the special announcement event which took place at Krammerville, Sandton, South Africa, Adeola was joined by Lerato and the Elizabeth Arden team.

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Adeola Ariyo

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Adeola & Lerato Moloi

Managing director of the brand, Corne Nel said the brand is committed to the belief that “To be beautiful is the birthright of every woman” . “As a company we want to celebrate each woman’s unique beauty through individuality, diversity and original expressions of beauty“. “Adeola has all of these qualities and as a prestige beauty brand we wanted to choose a spokesperson that African women could identify with” he added.

Born in Lagos to a Nigerian mother and Ghanaian father, Adeola started her modelling career at the age of 13. She has since been on the runway for shows like the London Fashion Week, Arise Fashion Week, Lagos, Johannesburg Fashion Week and Cape Town Fashion Week. She also participated in the 2005 running of Face of Africa where she was part of the top 5 finalists and has featured in Marie Claire, Elle, True Love and Glamour Magazines.

Being chosen as an Elizabeth Arden Brand Ambassador in Africa is an incredible honour.” says Ariyo. “Elizabeth Arden herself was an entrepreneur, women’s advocate and a champion for holistic beauty, inspiring women all over the world. I am proud to be associated with a brand that embodies such important values”.

Elizabeth Arden has already expanded to Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and this year will be moving to Nigeria, Kenya and other Sub-Saharan African countries.

In a recent interview with CNBC Africa, Adeola and Elizabeth Arden Africa Managing Director Corne Nel discussed their venture further into African markets. Watch!

Watch Adeola’s interview with CNBC Africa

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  1. sηººÞ¬mιηι

    February 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm


  2. Iyke

    February 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Hello our brand ambassador. Congrats!
    The song you sing ” soothes my nerves,”. I’d like NOT to ignore the melody heard…
    Good luck and more success!

  3. west

    February 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Yesssssss! Thank God! congratulations Ade. All those years working payed off

  4. Gertrude

    February 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Congratulations Adeola!!

  5. nene

    February 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    they came in too later. a lot of nigerians have been using elizabeth arden for many years, clarions is also a staple of a lot of nigerian women and for the rich ones, creme de la mer and obagi, which are both quite expensive.

  6. tia

    February 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    So proud of you Adeola, you totally deserve it congratulations!

  7. tia

    February 15, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    So proud of you Adeola, you totally deserve it!


    February 15, 2014 at 8:12 pm


  9. Troll

    February 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Umm, I hate to be the one but she’s Ghanaian. Nigerian born, yeah but Ghanaian.

    • hgjgfjgk

      February 15, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      That’s a mistake. She was born to a half Ghanaian, half Nigerian mother and a Nigerian father.

    • Kome

      February 15, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Up Ghana we are so claiming this one

    • Asabe Chiamaka Adeolu

      February 16, 2014 at 4:45 am

      @Troll aka Inspector Gadget, her mother is Ghanaian but her dad is Nigerian. She uses her Nigerian names and lives in Nigeria/UK/SA.

    • Sabi

      February 17, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Over Sabi Correction She lives in South Africa and Nigeria and holidays in Uk and not live there

    • SOLO ACT

      February 17, 2014 at 9:24 am

      soo u are a Ghanian Troll abi? lol

    • tish

      February 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Hahahaha you EVilSss LOL!

    • AB

      June 3, 2014 at 11:15 am

      her father is Nigerian (Akin Ariyo) while her mother is Ghanian. Mostly you claims your father’s home land. So she’s a Nigerian for your information.

  10. Stephanie

    February 16, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Yello and congrats

  11. Yetty

    February 16, 2014 at 2:10 am


  12. Ola

    February 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Big fat lie, her father is one of the biggest event decorators in Nigeria and by her surname……common, her mother I guess must be the Ghanaian so correct this.

    • Sabi

      February 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Who asked you

    • Dave

      February 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      she grew up in LONDON! so she has lived there and worked there!

  13. omada

    February 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Finally these brands are beginning to take notice…

  14. john

    February 17, 2014 at 7:35 am

    go girl

    proud of you deola

  15. hely

    March 5, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Great congrats. Africa is becoming more money conscious. No more white models should be used in marketing to africans our girls can do the job

  16. Peter West

    March 3, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Is this the same Adeola Ariyo who tweeted ‘Feast your eyes.’ when she posted a picture of a Cape Town wild fire encroaching on residential houses?

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