Take a look at the pictures above. I bet you have seen them before. I did, and I thought: stunning! The fashion on these celebrities look phenomenal and absolutely chic. ABINA doesn’t just call things chic, believe that. As for the styling of a photoshoot goes, it is a handfull of work. One photoshoot takes in a lot of work from diffrent parties to look as good as the pictures above. The handwork of these styles are done by a young Nigerian man. Yup, the styling of these pictures are done by Ugo Mozie. We are so proud to find out all that is to know about this young talent, that we just had to share it. His work is mainly known from 51st Grammy awards, Diddy-Dirty money crew and more. Chai! I tell you, this is someone to lookout for. I love love love his work. Dear Ugo allowed us to have some of his time to find out about his expertise, how it is growing up as in African in the west ánd he gave us some styling tips.
Ugo Mozie, which means leader and eagle, is one of the world’s most noted fashion stylist and editor. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria on 16 november 1991 and moved to the States on the age of 3. Ugo is an Igbo man. He grew up in Los Angeles and Houston, Texas. Yup in 1991, that makes the whole story more incredible. This man is young. At the age of 14, he was scouted as a fashion model. He graduated from a semester from Dulles High School in December 2008. After that he moved to New york City. After his move to NYC, he launched a fashion line together with his design partner Quinn Aston. Through fashion design he got into the world of styling. That’s not even it. Check out the following facts about him.
- At age 18 he was appointed the fashion editor of Ghubar magazine
- Later he became fashion editor-at-large for 360 magazine
- Also he became a contributing editor for FAB Magazine London
- And not to forget that Ugo styled international artists like Kelly Rowland, Dawn Richard, Angela Simmons and styled for magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, Paper magazine and more.
Ugo is a definition of an African young man making it for himself. We interviewed him to find out more about this brain behind the stylist.
ABINA: How was growing up as a Nigerian like in the States in terms of culture?
Ugo: “Although i grew up in the States, my parents always kept me very grounded and cultured. Not only did they expose me to the the Nigerian culture and heritage, they exposed me to many other cultures of the world. I speak and understand Igbo fluently. We travelled back to Nigeria as a family every other year so I was very in touch with my family back at home. I thank them everyday for that exposure.”
ABINA: What is your favorite Nigerian food?
Ugo: “I loooove Egusi soup.”
ABINA: What is your favorite American food?
Ugo: “I dont really have a favorite American Food. Im not really a burger and fries or pizza kind of guy.”
ABINA: How would a relaxing day with Ugo Mozie look like?
Ugo: “A relaxing day would consist of waking up in the morning and going straight to the emails. I’ve been taking my health very seriously so after emails, I would go to the gym. From the gym i would probably have lunch with some friends and then go relax at my pool or a hotel rooftop… If i have school work or any remaining emails, I would work on them in that relaxed setting.”
ABINA: What do you think of the movement where black people are becoming more conscious of their African roots?
Ugo: “I am incredibly happy with this movement. I feel like it was only a matter of time when African-Americans started doing there research on the African roots. It is definitely a beautiful thing and I hope it continues to grow and people continue pushing boundaries and take it to the next level.”
ABINA: With which artist(s) did you enjoy working with the most?
Ugo: “Honestly, The beauty of my job is that no two clients or projects are the same. It keeps it fresh and exciting. I enjoyed working with all my celebrity clients and have taken something from each experience. Naming one person would be unfair and nearly impossible for me.”
ABINA: Who is your biggest inspiration?
Ugo: “My father”
ABINA: Who is your favorite designer and why?
ABINA: What other future prospects do you have besides styling and being an editor?
Ugo: “I currently work as a creative director and I’m now venturing into Costume Design for films.”
Ugo: “Just like my clients, my working day differs by every project. The average working day either consists of me spending the day in designer showrooms pulling pieces for the job or being on set all day. Some shoots require me to be on set for 6 to 12hours.”
ABINA: How do you think of African fashion and how it is developing?
Ugo: “I am in love with African everything, especially the fashion. I am honestly very proud to see designers like Ozwald Boateng, Deola Sagoe, HVS, Jewel By Lisa, and more getting the international recognition they deserve. I love the fact that tribal prints were a trend on the international runways last season. With brands like Burberry and Prada emulating the traditional ankara prints, you know we must be doing something right.”
Ugo: “The biggest deal breaker is the lack of passion or positive energy involved in the project. If someone is not passionate about there craft or project, it is impossible for me to connect with them and properly deliver quality work.”
ABINA: What is your advice to others who want to make it in fashion like you?
Ugo: “My main advice is to make sure you are not only passionate but also knowledgeable. Do your research on not only the wardrobe and physical part of fashion, but also in the business. Fashion is a business that requires tons of knowledge in Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, and Business. In order to excel in the industry you must grasp an understanding of all those fields.”
ABINA: What outfit would you recommend to a lady who wants to go to a job application?
Ugo: “For a lady going on a job interview i would recommend a black or grey fitted pant suit or a knee-length pencil skirt, blazer, button up shirt and 4inch heels.”
ABINA: What’s the biggest fashion fault that you often see African women do? What do you advise them?
Ugo: “The biggest fashion fault i see African women do, would have to go in the beauty department. I believe hair and makeup is just as important as the wardrobe. Some African women tend to believe that the more makeup they have on or the fairer the skin is equates to how beautiful they appear. I would love to see more Africans embracing their natural beauty. “Black Don’t Crack”
ABINA: Thank you
ABINA loves to see Africans making it. Not even only African, but also those that are inspired by Africa in any way. Everyone has dreams, yet not everyone is willing to fight for them. Some die and never achieve them. Some achieve them at a very young age like Ugo. There’s no denying in that making it in any scene requires work and determination. If you are determined to chase your dreams, act on it and hopefully inspire someone else. After all, that is what we love to do: to live, love and learn.
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