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a.  creator β€’ curator β€’ creativist

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last still of @folawale_nanya. thank you for your willingness on such short notice ❀
makeup by @mosebolatan_
p.s. I'm working on a collaborative beauty/fashion editorial project in August. So if you're a fashion designer, jeweller, hair stylist/merchant, model (size 6-8) or makeup artist, please slide in my DMs with images. The theme is avant garde - edgy and theatrical. I will give special consideration to couture centered pieces. thank you πŸ’•

trust your instincts. dust your trophy rack. celebrate your little victories.
trust your failing. your failures.
sit here. right here. take stock. ask the hard questions. chew the even harder answers. recognize your mess.

create a roadmap. hold it loosely. very loosely. trust your journey. trust the detours. the highs. the lows.
draw a new circle. again. yet again. greet welcome. wave goodbye. say yes. say no. say no with a little force in your heel.

I turned my camera on @folawale_nanya
makeup by @mosebolatan_

🎢🎢Why in the world
Would anybody put chains on me?
I've paid my dues to make it
Everybody wants me to be
What they want me to be
I'm not happy when I try to fake it!
No!

Ooh, that's why I'm easy
I'm easy like a Sunday Morning 🎢🎢🎢 - Lionel Richie, Easy.

I turned my camera on @folawale_nanya
makeup by @mosebolatan_

when I was saving the preset after retouching this image, I named it Melodrama, which is also the title of Lorde's new album which I have to stop listening to (but won't) because Uncle Damian says sad music takes away too much from you. I cannot make any promises, but I will try.

anyway, here is one last still of @mosebolatan_, my muse and beautiful gold dust (now I know it's the bronzer or highlight(er), I don't know the difference really + did you know that there are 3D lashes?) who allowed me kidnap her for a few hours, did her makeup herself (and that of somebody else too) and sat through my exhausting experiments. thank you ❀

my soul crawled out of its hiding place
grieving. grief
loss. longing
desire. biting. biting.
dreams. doubting
rage. pure rage
fear. fear. fear
numb. smug. adrift
bitter. wary. sheepish
livid. trapped
illusions. elusive
needy.
here. now.

I turned my camera on @mosebolatan_ my beautiful gold dust ❀

"grieve.
so that you can be free to feel something else." - nayyirah waheed, salt.

I turned my camera on @mosebolatan_ my beautiful gold dust ❀

styling by @releowoyemi

throwback to my beautiful sister's birthday shoot 😍❀ makeup by @feyisoge

i. I’ll remember to teach my sons the soft.
I’ll remember to teach my children how to speak the mother-child language they spoke in the womb twice as often as they learn muscles and bruteness make a man.

ii. I’ve seen how cruel and heavy a man’s hand gets when he grows surrounded by brooding ego that celebrates fists and booming voices even when there are no brains or compassion.

iii. There will be no sticks. Only hands overflowing with love. - Tapiwa Mugabe, Zimbabwe

I turned my camera on @okechristopher

"I used to make apologies for having the soft in my man.
A wave of woman in my masculinity.
I was called too gentle and too unmanly for not hoarding women in my waist.
Today I wear my mother in my voice,
I am clothed in her.

I wear my sisters in my thinking, my grandmother in my bone, in my soul." - Tapiwa Mugabe, Zimbabwe.

I turned my camera on @okechristopher

'there is a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free.
Don't miss so many of them.' - Jo Walton

Life is too short to wear boring jewelry πŸ’πŸ’ŽπŸ’πŸ’ŽπŸ’πŸ’Ž new campaign for @regalia_jewel

'maybe your life will work.
most likely it won't at first
but that will give you poetry.' - yrsa daley-ward, bone
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πŸ“·: @blvckcreed_

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