Today we’d like to introduce you to Ifeoma Bosah.
Hi Ifeoma, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My story starts pretty organically. As a model and visual artist, I’ve drawn influence from various creative avenues. I did a lot of theater in elementary and middle school; and danced throughout high school and during my time in college, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always played around with writing, painting, and styling.
Despite my abundant avenues of self-expression, I noticed that I had lost touch with myself emotionally. In order to regain that connection, I’ve become more intentional about taking care of myself and exploring my identity, and I became more expressive as I healed. Last year I realized that my self-love cannot be conditional and therefore had to lift a lot of the bounds I placed on my creativity. As a result, I fell into modeling. Now, I am learning as much as I can. I’m centering my curiosity, trusting my intuition, and following them wherever they lead me. I am at the beginning of my story, but I am gaining a better understanding of myself along the way.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth road– at least not mentally. My struggles with depression and self-expression catapulted me into what I’m doing today. While it is really fun to do what I do, it was always rooted in self-expression and thus, self-care. I’ve always struggled with comparison and being hypercritical of myself; but as I continue to nourish my creativity, I grow more sure of myself, and some of that judgment melts away. I’ve also faced a lot of challenges with fear. I was raised by strict Nigerian parents whose main fear was my endangerment, so for a long time, I turned away from things that broke tradition. As I grow older, I’m realizing several things – the first being that that fear will always be there, I just have to have more courage than fear. I’m also learning that a lot of the “rules” we follow are socially constructed, so I have the agency to live whatever life my heart desires.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Right now, I am a model and visual artist. I have a background in theater, art, and dance, and am getting my B.A. in Sociology and American Literature & Culture at UCLA. I am most known for combining mediums and serving looks. Period. I do my own makeup; I also dance and play with styling, graphic design, and photography. I draw from all of these things to put my looks together, and people have really enjoyed it thus far. I am most proud of a shoot I did with @haniimages to bring awareness to the #ENDSARS movement in Nigeria. The purpose of the shoot was very personal to me, and I used my body in a way that felt very liberating. What sets me apart is that I didn’t start as a model. Based on who I am and who I’m becoming, I’ve sort of found myself here; because I’m doing something that combines a lot of the things I love, I can’t help but to seek growth. As I am developing myself as a model, I’m beginning to feel like a kid again– in that way that kids ground themselves in exploration. I’m finally seeing how amazing my imagination is and how much I want to see it manifested. Modeling is another form of self-expression; I am set apart because it is integral to my healing.
How do you think about happiness?
I don’t think that specific things make me happy; I like to focus on what makes me feel grounded, therefore introducing more opportunities for happiness. Being around my loved ones, afrobeats, romantic comedies, good food, and sleep always help to bring me back to the present when my mind’s been wandering and overthinking. There are other things that help me feel good though, like mint chip ice cream (I will die on this hill), screaming Rico Nasty lyrics, retail therapy, and painting.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gldnify/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ifebeast
All credits are given in Instagram names. Red and green: @haniimages really close up beauty shot w/ yellow dots by the eyes: @tonybeephoto pink hair: @nnylak Blue lace veil: @filmmannie__ the red glossy lid, butterfly eye make up, and auburn hair are all by me (@gldnify)