How Olajumoke Orisaguna Went From Selling Bread to Selling Magazine Covers
It’s the kind of thing you hear about in movies and in fictional stories: you’re just going about your regular, everyday activities when all of a sudden a famous photographer comes across a random photo of you and is so impressed with it that he/she decides to work with you. Just like that, you’re plunged into stardom.
For Olajumoke Orisaguna, this was no fictional tale, though, as this was exactly what happened to her when she photo-bombed a shoot for a popular musician purely by accident.
British rapper Tinie Tempah and photographer and singer Ty Bello were doing a photoshoot in Nigeria, when they both spotted Orisaguna, who was a bread-seller at the time.
Fascinated by her beauty, Bello photographed her alongside Tempah and posted the photo to Instagram, prompting thousands of Instagram users to comment, many of them wanting to know who the beautiful bread seller was.
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TINIETEMPAH TEMPAH : DISTURBING LAGOS …. Oga Tinie.. Disturbing Lagos Keh ..? You sure ? my hand no dey o.. We no dey do that kine ruff play for here o. I've photographed so many international celebrities in this town.. From Beyonce to Arnold Schwarzenegger … I was looking through my archives the other day and said to my self .. Never again.. !Never in some fancy hotel room that could have been anywhere else on the planet . There's no where like Lagos and If they ever cross my path again I'll drag them out to where they can touch and feel My Lagos . .. And fall in love with it. So of course when I was asked to meet up with @tiniegram at his hotel I was like ..Lai-Lai!! Abeg bring the man to Yaba and let's shoot this something ! I love lagos ..I won't lie .. The streets are a literal Photographer's paradise .. Every where you turn there's a story waiting to be told .., textures waiting to be shot and characters waiting to be explored ..it's hard for me to make a bad picture when my spirit is really open on the steets ..I can just stand there and magic walks into my frame . The beautiful bread seller in the red dress in one of my edits for instance ..You know her Abi?.. That one that every one on the street wants to marry .. She's fine and she knows it. its all over how she walks and I know you've seen her before . She walked onto our set and magic happened ..it wasn't planned at all ..I didn't even know I nailed the narrative until I edited a few days later . Someone accused me of dragging @tiniegram on the streets ..That I should have taken him to somewhere 'prettier '… My response : So you haven't heard …?The street is where it's happening o.. You haven't seen pretty till you've seen the sun set in the quiet corners of Surulere ..You're missing out on a unique love vibe if you haven't taken her for a walk in railway compound..And if you only exist where freshly baked, steamy Agege bread is completely out of reach .. You may have to consider reorganizing it all.. I mean …What's the point! #tybellophotography #photostories #thisdaystyle #tinietempah #lagos #yaba #steetlove #mrmattewsworshop #okunorentwins @thisdaystyle
It took a while for the “mystery girl” to be located, but soon she was discovered to be 28-year-old Olajumoke, a mother of two.
With Bello’s assistance, Orisaguna received a modeling contract, and was recently featured on the cover of THISDAY Style, a Nigerian digital fashion magazine. Bello also plans on creating a documentary about the upcoming model’s life.
Orisaguna was born in Ire, Osun State, Nigeria, and is a trained hairdresser. She is happily married, and, at the time that she received unexpected recognition, she had just traveled to Lagos, Nigeria with one of her children in tow, in the hopes of earning more money selling bread. Little did she know, she was about to earn far more than she had ever imagined, and off her beauty, and not her baked goods.
In fact, her beauty has brought Orisaguna much good fortune, including an offer from the Bank of Nigeria to pay for her children’s education, and a scholarship from Sujimoto Group and Poise Nigeria to learn Etiquette, Soft Skills, Social Graces and Communication at the Poise Nigeria institute, a prestigious finishing school.
Check out some of Orisaguna’s stunning photos below.
All photos courtesy Ty Bello/Instagram
By: Danielle Dixon
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