Tiwa Savage on the Cover of the Latest Issue of Allure Magazine
In the latest edition of Allure Magazine which features top Nigerian music star and mother of one, Tiwa Savage where she is dubbed, ‘Nigeria’s queen of Afrobeats, she opens up about her early days, career and certain insecurity she had about her skin colour while growing up.
In her interview with Danielle Kwateng for the current edition in the global issue magazine, she disclosed that in line with her passion for music, she applied and got a full scholarship to study in the prestigious Boston music college,Berklee, where she studied jazz. Along the way she famously got the opportunity to sing backup for legends such as Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, and Chaka Khan, among others.
Tiwa added that she didn’t always love her complexion and when she was about 14 she tried to bleach but was caught by her mother.
“I actually did try to bleach my skin when I was about, I think, 14, 15,” she recalls. “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.”
In her opinion, the pressure of social media makes young people want to appear perfect.
“There’s so much pressure now. There needs to be some people that are not too perfect. I don’t want to be looking jacked up, but I also want to look relatable.
She revealed that she hasn’t applied facial foundation after a conversation she had with top model Naomi Campbell and so she settles for just powder, blush, liner and lips
Her stance: “I’m not trying to have the hottest song or club-banging hit or millions of streams,” she says. “I feel like the world is going through stuff and I need to play my part.”