THE WOMAN: A LOOK BOOK BY THEODORA OLUMEKOR
This look book was created by Theodora Olumekor, a Nigerian Based makeup artist. The inspiration behind the look book is to portray women as strong and amazing people. To empower as many women out there as possible as well as showcase the Woman in all her variety and dignity. it is driven by passion to inspire and encourage women to celebrate their uniqueness, discover who they really are and embrace their inner potential.
“The Woman” is a bold attempt to showcase the beauty, uniqueness and variety of women and inspire them to become everything they can be.
it is an exhibition of Womanhood from the naivety and innocence of the Nubile, to the virtue and dignity of the African Woman, to the split persona of the Vector Girl, the smart and elusive Fox, the broken yet absolutely beautiful and amazing Abused, the daring and adventurous Audacious, to the cheerful and optimistic Free Spirit.
The African Woman – The Woman in her prime. An achiever, she has seen the ups and downs of life and her experiences have shaped her to be the Woman she has become. She is hardworking and disciplined. She looks to do what it takes to achieve her goals. Her setbacks have not limited her, they have only strengthened her resolve. Proud, virtuous and dignified. “She guards her loins with strength and strengthens her arms, she perceives that her merchandise is good; her candle does not go out by night” – Proverbs 31:15-19.
The Nubile – Strong, youthful, vibrant and virile. The nubile is a depiction of the innocence and naivety of the young woman. She has the drive to pursue her dreams and goals as well as the youthful exuberance to keep going on after making mistakes or facing setbacks. Her sunny outlook on life and the future is vital to The Woman. “My dove, you are in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see your countenance, let me hear your voice, for sweet is your voice and your countenance is comely” – Songs of Solomon 2:14.
Vector Girl – Call her two-faced. She is the woman that life has made her become. Having tasted the bitter and sweet experiences of life, she has two personalities. On one side she is the beautiful, charming, sweet and caring person but on the other hand she has a dark, protective and fierce side hardened by her experiences. The personalities you see are dependent on your relationship with her. She must take courage and rise above the odds life has thrown at her. “A double minded person is unstable in all their ways, like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” – James 1:6-8
The Abused – She is beautiful, she is amazing and she has the potential to be so much more. That potential has been curtailed, she bears the brunt of a coward’s inadequacies, and the object of this vented frustrations. In truth, the battering has not and will never change her potential but she needs to rise above all the hurt, abuse and pain. She must learn how to liberate herself from her dependence on the coward, no matter the kind of abuse; verbal, physical or psychological. She holds the power to end the abuse. She needs to explore herself, find who she is within and express it without. Once liberated, she will become the Woman: Unstoppable. “If it be so, liberty dictates that we have been made free and from here on we are standing firm but if liberty be taken away from us, let it be known that our hearts remain and with it we soar high upon the wind like eagles” – Daniel 3:17-18
The Audacious – Daring, fearless and confident. She gets excited in the face of adventure and is thrilled by the highs of a new challenge. She doesn’t shirk from new things and would rather take the most challenging route than take the easy way out. Never afraid to try out new things, take risks and her daring spirit is extremely admirable. “Stand firm therefore in the liberty where Christ has made you free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” – Galatians 5:1.
The Fox – She is the cunning one. She is smart, witty, street smart and highly intellectual. She is also very calculating. She knows what she wants and can employ different methods to get it. A little devious. Not easily predictable. She is to all intents and purposes, what I call the Smooth Operator. She is the one you want but you can’t have. “As sheep in the midst of wolves, making ignorance of men the danger you pose just like the fox; therefore be wise as serpents and gentle as doves” – Matthew 10:16.
The Free Spirit – Friendly, jovial, optimistic and extremely full of life. The Free Spirit is a bundle of joy, life and love. She always brings these attributes to everyone she meets. She is always has a positive vibe and aura around her. She has that “can do” spirit that just rubs off on everyone around her. Never lacking a smile. She is always the life of the party and sees the good in everybody. “For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” – Romans 8:2
Photographer: Imogirie Afouda (@imogiriephotos)
Models: Similoluwa Olatunji (@cimiloluwa)
Lotanna Dim (@lottie_dim)
Lisa Okpani (@ms_lisani)
Tofunmi Oyeniran (@mstikney)
Makeup: Theodora Olumekor (@Khasome)