While some stars are born fashionistas, some are made fashionistas through a team of stylists. And then there are those whose fashion sense has improved throughout years of consistent constructive criticism and (sometimes) offensive comments. Nollywood actress and designer, Genevieve Nnaji is one of those stars in the latter category; her style at first being a bit of a sad case but who is today, one of the most fashionable actresses in Africa.
Known for her simple and elegant way of dressing, Genevieve Nnaji, who crept up on us in the early 90s, has been described as the ‘Julia Roberts of Africa’ by Oprah Winfrey, and has gradually become a force to be reckoned with in fashion, earning herself the title of a true style star!
Here’s a look back at Genevieve’s transition, from girl-next-door to well-styled superstar;
Her debut images were sexy but didn’t say much about her style – though we can cut her some slack since this was the nineties… Few fashion stores and even fewer stylists, fashion magazines and online outlets were on hand to give tips, so we forgive Genny for her early faux pas.
After she appeared in the movie Ijele, which happens to be one of her best movies, Genevieve was went forth as an icon – one to be loved and adored by many, whose name was known in many a household and whose image became the desire of every young girl.
Soon though, many fans became offended by the rising star’s lack of taste for key fashion items and emplored that her wardrobe should improve.
By 2011, after appearing in over 50 movies, Genny – still relevant and rising as one of the leading actresses in Africa – had stepped her style up a bit.
The star started to look more elegant and chic, wearing classic black dresses and gravity defying heels – sometimes rocking embellished dresses that had much more impact on the red carpets she graced.
By 2012, Genevieve had gone from girl-next-door to designer-clad and elegant fashionista.
At the 2013 African Movie Viewer’s Choice Awards, the star arrived in a plunging white dress by Bridget Awosika – a sexy yet sophisticated look. Looking fresh, carrying less accessories and a glowing smile, that night, she showed how far her style had evolved.
Getting bolder, the star is often spotted flashing bright colours like yellow…
Now, the star never seems to disappoint us; style comes to her naturally and she always manages to make dressing up so effortless and classy.
So, from 90s mishaps to present day style goddess, Genevieve is a star to watch out for. We at SPICE are certainly looking forward to what she’ll be wearing this year, and for sure you’ll see us reporting on her style as it continues to evolve…
Image source: BellaNaija.com, Ynaija.com, Nairaland.com, Genevieveofficial.com, @GenevieveNnaji1