Those of you who know me personally will appreciate

that I am a woman who takes pride in my appearance

and loves the opportunity to dress up!

So when I was offered the chance to combine these things with the honour of being included in a campaign celebrating ‘Women of Influence’ I could hardly say no!

I recently connected with an inspiring woman,

Uche Obasohan,

a former paediatric nurse and Public Health lead, turned personal image consultant.  Uche reached out to me last year when she came across YMSN and recognised its role in nurturing vulnerable young mums, a sector which she has professional experience in treating and supporting, particularly those suffering from postnatal depression.

Uche promotes positive lifestyle activities and sees styling and fashion as a natural extension of this as it contributes to personal spiritual and mental wellbeing. As she puts it

“I believe every outfit you put on speak ‘WORDS’ that should reflect the confident person on the inside.”

Uche Obasohan

Uche turned these beliefs into action

when she teamed up with the BPA, transforming us into glamorous camera-ready beauties for the photoshoot at London’s Guildhall. The campaign was dedicated to celebrating the achievements of five women of colour and was commissioned in collaboration with City of London Police ‘Black Police Association’ (BPA) and the Guildhall. Their aim was to highlight the careers of five women who have succeeded in leadership roles and used their influence to carve a path in social enterprise, activism and education.

We have all established careers in different fields, but every one of us has faced adversities which have shaped us into the women we are today. From motherhood networks like my organisation Young Mums Support Network to working towards increasing diversity in the police force to promoting the image of mental health, we all had areas of crossover in our stories.

We celebrated our achievements with champagne and shared our stories while being pampered. It was truly an honour to be recognised and included in such an inspirational group of women.

Read more about these phenomenal women here

Here’s to changing the narrative about women in leadership roles in 2020 and beyond!
And the cherry on the cake is that Pride Magazine is also featuring us in their editorial “Taking Up Space – Women of Influence

Photo Credits:

Fashion Stylist & Creative Director: @uo_styling
Makeup Artist: @ots_beauty
Hair Stylist: @charishair
Dress: @angeleyefashion
Earrings: @accents_uk
Videographer: @duveramedia
Photographer: @josimarsenior
Event Coordinator: @specialtevent
Venue: @guildhalllondon

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