Said TED talks have received millions of views across the world, she has three critically acclaimed novels under her belt and just days ago she contributed a “thank-you note” to US First Lady Michelle Obama for The New York Times T Magazine cover feature. This is a woman with influence.
In Vogue’s November 2016 Real Issue, in “The New Face Of Beauty: You”, she said of the campaign: “I think much of beauty advertising relies on a false premise – that women need to be treated in an infantile way, given a ‘fantasy’ to aspire to… Real women are already inspired by other real women, so perhaps beauty advertising needs to get on board.”
The campaign launches on television, online, in print and in outdoor media on October 21, with Adichie speaking about how she used to fear being taken less seriously because of her love of make-up, but later came to embrace it as a tool, an enhancement and as part of her own identity.
“I love make-up and its wonderful possibilities for temporary transformation. And I also love my face after I wash it all off,” she said in a statement. “There is something exquisitely enjoyable about seeing yourself with a self-made new look. And for me that look is deeply personal. It isn’t about what is in fashion or what the rules are supposed to be. It’s about what I like. What makes me want to smile when I look in the mirror. What makes me feel slightly better on a dull day. What makes me comfortable.”
And Adichie feels the same way about fashion – she told Vogue
“At No7 we believe that when women know their make-up is just right they feel great, they feel ready to show up in the world in the way they want,” said Kristof Neirynck, the vice president of skincare and global brands for Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Chimamanda was the perfect choice for us, as not only is she an inspirational woman, we share the same philosophy about beauty.”
Read “The New Face Of Beauty: You” in Vogue’s November 2016 Real Issue, on newsstands now or downloadable here.