Random questions were asked to models on what their thought was about modeling while wearing any form of man lingerie?
“It is expression without speech” -Leo Kwao (Nigerian Model)
“In my opinion, it’s fine but depending the type of lingerie… Because some are just not appealing and sets a wrong message” – Liam Jnr (Zimbabwean model).
“An explicit display of men in underwear for advertisement may go against various cultural ethnicities in Africa, but consider this that underwear is a product and it needs to be sold, people should be able to learn the various types of underwear for men” -Miyako Banda (Zimbabwean Model)
Catwalking while runway wearing lingerie is not what every model is willing to take according to a survey made by Bantu magazine, out of 10 male models 6 of them agreed that they will be willing to model in a fashion runway wearing lingerie. journalist Tapiwanashe Rubaya (TR) interviewed Prince Obumneke Nala (PN) creative director of the NALA enkenUMBO a lingerie fashion label. In an interview, Prince Obumneke Nala revealed the secret that is behind the ignorance and also 263Africatv.
TR: Hie Prince Obumneke Nala can you introduce yourself to our readers?
PN: I’m Prince NALA, CEO and Creative Director of NALA ekenUMBO, a young but popular pageant couturier in Nigeria.
TR: Your male lingerie pieces are stunning! Tell us how you started as a lingerie designer for man?
PN: Thanks my dear. I launched my debut collection of unisex lingerie in April 2017. It was born out of love and admiration for nudity and sensuality, creativity and versatility.”
TR: Where do most of your male lingerie collections/pieces get their inspiration from?
PN: Lingerie, as well as most of my collections, come from inspiration. I draw inspiration to do fashion from: past, present and future events of my life, peoples lives, visible and invisible things. Most especially admiration for Black Hunks.
TR: What African story do your male lingeries tell?
PN: Very simple. Black is Beautiful, black skin Is supreme, a Black body is an epitome of sexiness and strength, Nudity in fashion is Art, not Lust.
TR: Why do you think its embarrassing especial to the African society to discuss ‘lingerie’?
PN: I feel Africa Is yet to accept and appreciate the beauty of her skin and endowments. I always tell people – ‘fashion is not lust but a mental and visual representation’.
TR: Do you agree that not all African male models are able to catwalk wearing male boxers and undergarment?
PN: Sure I agree with you because some models feel ashamed to flaunt their body. While others feel it’s too raw and lustful.
TR: Briefly can you state some fashion shows that you have showcased your designs (lingerie)?
PN: Mr and Miss Imo State Nigeria 2017, Mr and Miss Culture Anambra 2017, Nigeria etc.
TR: Can you state some celebs who have bought your lingerie
PN: Actually most of my clients are beauty pageant delegates (upcoming celebrities). We look forward to dressing A-list Hollywood Celebrities in a few years from now.
TR: Do you wear your own lingerie designs?
PN: Sure I do, every designer wears his Clothing. I wear me 24/7.
TR: Who are your ambassadors for your male lingerie brands?
PN: Currently, I’m working with Douye Kotingo, a Model and Recording Artiste from Nigeria. He is my underwear brand ambassador for males.
TR: Where can one buy your designs?
PN: We deliver worldwide. Arrangements are underway to sell on online stores. Potential buyers can view our pieces on Instagram @nalaekenumbo.
TR: Thank you for your time?
PN: You’re Welcome.