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‘I Didn’t Feel Pretty as I Got Older, I Wasn’t Proud of who I Was’, Osas Ighodaro Talks Being Bullied, Gbenro Ajibade & More




If you’ve not got the newest issue of TW magazine then you need to pick it up.

Osas Ighodaro looks gorgeous on the cover of the magazine’s December 2014 issue (click here if you missed it) and inside she opens up candidly about her beauty – she didn’t always see it – being Miss Black USA, her relationship with Tinsel co-star Gbenro Ajibade and more.

Read excerpts from her interview below:

On being bullied in school: As I got older, I suffered low self-esteem. I was picked on when I was in school by a black girl. Her name is Monique, can’t ever forget her name. She would always pick on me, ‘You African, you are ugly.’ Ashe would always make fun of the way my mum plaited my hair. I didn’t feel pretty as I got older, I wasn’t proud of who I was.

On how she started modeling: My dad sent me to modeling school and I did that for a year. After I graduated, I got a postcard in my mail to take part in a pageant and my dad encouraged me to enter. I said to myself, you can make money for this [participating in pageants]? I did pageant after pageant and saved everything I made. I also had a receptionist job every Saturday morning up till I finished high school.

On how she and Gbenro Ajibade connected: Tinsel had me in a hotel and I didn’t have a car. Gbenro took me to different places. He was just nice. He is very nice, kind, loyal and overprotective of his friends. When my contract [with Tinsel] ended, I asked myself ‘Are you sure you want to go back?’ Another deal breaker was that I got into a relationship with Gbenro. My parents were happy because all I dated in the States were African-American men. But I didn’t come to Nigeria for that, I came here for six months to work. My relationship was an unexpected bonus.

You can read up her full interview in TW magazine.

Photo Credit: TW Magazine


  1. sum1special

    December 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    “My relationship was a bonus” i love that…….she is so beautiful, i cant imagine why anyone would pick on her.

  2. bruno

    December 16, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    “I was picked on when I was in school by a black girl. ”

    oga oh, only 1 person bullied you?. many of you people dont know what bullying it. smh.

    I Wish I had only one bully that called me ugly. LOL

    • Honey

      December 16, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Hahaha hahaha hahaha Bruno u won’t kill me

  3. Beeeee

    December 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This Bruno ehn….lmaoooo

  4. Enkay

    December 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Correct @ Bruno

  5. didi

    December 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    osas..i just love this woman!! Whew!

  6. KDP

    December 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I’m happy for her

  7. Lolo

    December 16, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Oh Osas!I hope you see this comment lol.You are so beautiful and I’m sure you’ve realized that at least after winning Miss Black USA even w/o that sef YOU ARE FIIIINEEE!!! And I love you and Gbenro together.Mwah!

  8. atlstyle

    December 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Not everyone goes about fighting like u Bruno, even if it be one bully..Bush African man like u,did it occur to you that Monique may have been a ring leader of other girls which is usually the case. .how would a non travelled, inexposed, illeterate like u know anyways sheeew..

    • bruno

      December 16, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      why so bitter. hahahahahahaha.

    • Honey

      December 16, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Yhhhh why so bitter???. ..zaaammnn

    • troll101

      December 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      “Not everyone goes around fighting like you”? N yu proceeded to pick a fight with Bruno. Don’t worry, I will send you sugar. You are a very bitter person. Contradicting your damn self smh

  9. dd

    December 16, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    @atlstyle, are you this bitter that you cant recognize a joke? Apparently your sense of humour needs to be awakened. Bruno, mayb na one of dis mushin skools u

  10. Steezz

    December 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    @atlstyle, u need to drink a VERY COLD glass of water, it helps…

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