Photo shoot with Yinka Gboyega, part 2
Here is the second batch of photographs from my urban tribal session with Yinka, after I posted part 1 yesterday. This time, I interviewed her, as I am sure some of you are interested in modeling and make-up.
Streetglams: Can you tell us a few words about yourself?
Yinka Gboyega: My name is Yinka, I am 22 years old, and I was born and raised in the countryside near Brussels. I consider myself lucky not to live in the busy city. I am the only girl in my family, with three brothers. I am a part time make-up artist at Mac Cosmetics, and part time freelancer. I love making people feel good in their skin because I didn’t feel so good when I was younger, and make-up can give them a boost. I also do some modeling from time to time, when I get the chance.
SG: You have such an amazing mane of hair! How long have you had this style?
YG: When I was young, my mom used to shave my hair really short. I hated that because I looked like a little boy, but she didn’t know how to take care of my curlies well. Then, when I turned twelve years old, I discovered a relaxer. I made my hair straight, and I always put it up in a ponytail. Around my 18th birthday, however, I stopped relaxing my hair and my afro started growing. I love my hair so much now! There is only one thing I dislike about it: some people do react very unfriendly, pointing out on my hairdo and saying stupid things.
SG: I’m sorry to hear that… There will always be intolerant or insecure people who will not understand different forms of expression. It’s normal to feature our individuality!
SG: Do you prefer modeling or make-up art? What do you like in each?
YG: When I was 15, I wanted to be a super model but things turned out differently, haha! Today, I think it’s nice to be on both sides of the camera. As make-up artist, I like the process of figuring out a concept and discovering new techniques. How to use really simple materials and help creating a wonderful image. I am very happy with my talents, and grateful for what I have achieved so far. In the future, I would like to explore these talents further, to develop my potential.
As a model, I like the feeling of pretending to be someone else. It’s a mood, a sensation that I can’t really describe. I love commercial work. I did some commercial spots, and would like to do more of these.
To me, neither sides really feel like working, even though it often takes the whole day. My work is my passion, and one can always improve and discover new tips and tricks there.
SG: What is your favorite style?
YG: If I had to choose, it would be too difficult! My favorite look is a classic eyeliner with a beautiful bold red lip. It always looks good for any occasion. I love simplicity and classical beauty. I also adore hair accessories, like a nice colorful flower or ribbon for my hair.
SG: Last but not least, do you have any make-up tricks to share with our readers?
YG: Get your eyebrows shaped. Eyebrows can either make or break your look, they are the frame to your face. I love eyebrow gel, but if you don’t have it, take a bit of hairspray, an eyebrow comb, and shape away. Lastly, never leave the house without mascara: it makes your eyes pop.
Creative direction, photography, and interview by Hector Hurtado.
Find more about Yinka by following and liking her facebook page.