Chimamanda Adichie On Why She Finally Decided To Wear Makeup, No Matter What People Thought

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Nigerian-born author and feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie added another feather to her cap when she was made the ambassador of No7, the makeup brand owned by the pharmacy chain Boots in the UK and Ireland.

The writer who once stopped wearing makeup because of the society’s perception about women wearing one, decided to start wearing it to be her real self.

In an interview with The New York Times, Chimamanda speaks on beauty, femininity and feminism.

On her decision to finally wear wear makeup, she said,

It’s getting older. You realize there’s very little time for rubbish. You realize life is short, and it’s so much better to be who you are. When I was younger, I didn’t have the sense of self to do that.

But it’s interesting because even when I didn’t wear makeup in the U.S., I wore makeup in Nigeria because I wanted to look my age and not too young. In Nigeria, in particular, it was easy for men to dismiss what I said because they thought I looked like a small girl. I remember seeing a man at the airport after my first novel was published, and he looked at me, quite quizzical, and said, “You look like the writer.” And I said, “Well, I’m kind of her.” His face fell. And he said, “I didn’t think the writer would be such a small girl.” There was such disappointment on his face.

At some point, I wanted to be who I am. And who I am is a person who enjoys, from time to time, putting a bright color on my lips.


Read full interview on The New York Times


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