Beauty queen, Omonwunmi Akinifesi, and designer, Mai Atafo, have emerged Allure Style Icons 2011. They polled the highest votes from readers and our judges.
The Allure Icons Search 2011 began in January with twenty celebrities listed. Readers were requested to vote their choice on a scale of 1-50. Four celebrity judges contacted by Allure were asked to make up the balance 50%. Elimination was done on weekly basis.
Celebs with the lowest number of votes were dropped. At the time we closed voting last week, Omonwunmi and Atafo had recorded the highest number of votes.
Some judges felt Omonwunmi was too young though, especially with more mature icons like Nike Oshinowo, whose experience and time tested —- has made her the darling of many. Others felt that it was time to allow the younger generation of style-conscious, fashion-forward celebs to rule. In the end, Omonwunmi had to be given the crown, because readers rooted for her.
Allure Style Icon Search was institute in 2008 as a physical embodiment of what the publication represents: style, beauty and brawn.
In 2008/2009, Dorothy Atake became the first Allure Style Icon, with Kate Henshaw-Nuttal and Celine Loader as runners up. In 2010, the search was expanded to include men. Pastor Paul Adefarasin became the first male icon while Ms Grace Egbagbe became the second recipient of the award.
The vision of the contest is to eventually make it a full blown style award with the style icon becoming the epitome of what Allure represents, just like the Oscars.
For the current awardees, two parties have been planned in their honour in March, along with exotic gifts. They will also have full coverage for all their events during the year.
Although former MBGN 2005, , Omowumi Akinnifesi completed her reign as beauty queen over five years ago, she has continued to enjoy public scrutiny.
She has maintained a clean record, even as her style profile increased. Beautiful and elegant, Omowumi puts her red carpet look together so effortlessly, that she is the cynosure of the eyes.
Omowumi is careful about relationships, which is why she is still very single. Today, in the capricious world of glamour and celebrity, she has become one of the pillars of high society.
Ohimai Atafo is a fashion designer or Fashion artist as he calls himself; his clothing line is called Mai Atafo Inspired (MAI)
Apart from the above Ohimai also does some event and TV presenting and he also a stylist.
He is also an entertainment consultant, a media and brand marketing consultant.
Allure Vanguard congratulates them and we say, “thank you” to all who participated.