Nigeria singer, songwriter and actress, Tiwatope Savage popularly known as Tiwa Savage graces the cover page of this month’s edition of the Allure magazine.
In the magazine, Tiwa Savage discusses coming to love her dark skin. She says she didn’t always love her complexion and when she was about 14 she tried to bleach but was caught by her mother. On her makeup routine, she says she had stopped wearing foundation on the advice of Naomi Campbell and she makes sure her pictures aren’t over-edited.
From getting makeup advice from Naomi Campbell to her journey of learning to love her dark skin and having a crush on Korean movie star Lee Min-ho, Tiwa opens up in the full cover story — in both English and Yoruba.
Read excerpts below:
On how she once tried to lighten her skin
I actually did try to bleach my skin when I was about, I think, 14, 15. Even now, on my back I have patches… My mom, she was cleaning my room and saw the cream that I used to mix with lemons. She wasn’t even angry. It was more her disappointment. So I stopped, but I was always insecure about being dark.
On embracing her dark skin and not projecting perfection:
I have a platform and I’m digging more into my responsibility for younger people. And I feel like there’s so much pressure now and it’s going to get even worse with social media and there needs to be a balance. There needs to be some people that are not too perfect. I know we want to look good. I don’t want to be out there looking jacked up, but I also want to look relatable.
I met Naomi about three years ago and she told me one of the things that she gave up was wearing foundation and I was like, ‘How?’ Then I just decided I’m never going to use foundation… Just powder, blush, liner, and lips.