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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DENOLA GREY

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DENOLA GREY

 

JUNE ISSUE (DEBONAIRAFRIK.COM)7

ABOUT LIFE


(DA) WHO IS DENOLA GREY ?

Denola is a regular guy that is all about good vibes .He is really all about self expression , individuality and has an obession with personal style .He is a media presenter ,style blogger writer and a fashion consultant.

(DA) WHAT IS DENOLA’S AGE?

A Gentleman never tells. Ha-ha

(DA) TELL US ABIT ABOUT YOUR FAMILY BACKGROUND?

Both of my parents are entrepreneurs and super supportive.

(DA) WHAT WAS GROWING UP LIKE FOR YOU?

I grew up in Lagos Nigeria, till I was 18 and went away for college. I didn’t really have a lot of friends. I was kind of introverted but there was a lot of love at home. My mom and I were and are still super close and I’m really tight with my big brother as well. I spent most of my time keeping up with pop culture, watching loads of television and art.

(DA) WHAT SCHOOLS DID YOU ATTEND BOTH IN NIGERIA AND ABROAD?

In Nigeria, I went to Green springs School, Lagos for primary and secondary schools and then spent a year at Oxbridge Tutorial College from where I left for Texas where I attended Baylor University for Undergrad.

BRAND


(DA) IN WHICH YEAR DID YOU GET YOUR BIG BREAK IN THE FASHION SCENE AND WHAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE?

I would definitely say 2014, the year I launched my website. I teamed up Toyosi Kekere-Ekun and we shot some pictures for my website (www.denolagrey.com ) In June of that year, the launch was very well-received and I started writing for Bella Naija. I got my first TV offer with Ebony Life in November of that year and also went to some events, which gave me some great red carpet moments.

(DA) YOU RECENTLY LANDED A ROLE AS A COLUMNIST WITH GUARDIAN NIGERIA , HOW HAS THE EXPEREIENCE BEEN  SOO FAR ?

It’s been great writing for them as I get to use my voice and give my own take on lifestyle and the fashion industry. It’s been an amazing opportunity and I’m still so excited.

(DA) IF DENOLA IS NOT BLOGGING, MEETING UP CLIENTS  OR ON TV THEN HE IS TAKING SOME SELFIES FOR LIFE. HOW DO YOU NAVIGATE THROUGH YOUR CAREER AS A YOUNG FASHION MOGUL?

I’m honestly just making it up as I go along and juggling all my responsibilities. It’s a lot but I’m enjoying every bit of it.

(DA) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LIFE OFF TV?

It’s so chill. I’m a homebody mostly as I watch my fave TV shows on my laptop, grab drinks with friends and once in a while I go dancing––nothing extravagant. But when I do get a chance, I love getting out of the country to visit my best friends

 

STYLE


(DA) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN THREE WORDS

Clean cut, suave and preppy

(DA) WHATS THE MOST EXPENSIVE FASHION ASSERT YOU’VE EVER BOUGHT?

A pair of Hugo Boss shoes

(DA) HOW MUCH DID IT COST YOU $$$$ TO BUY IT?

Not telling

(DA) ANY FASHION ITEM YOU WILL NEVER BE CAUGHT WEARING?

Crocs (does that even count as fashion) its an aberration of a shoe.

(DA) WHAT WILL DENOLA BE CAUGHT WEARING ON A NORMAL DAY (KINDLY SUPPORT WITH PICTURES IF ANY )

Button up shirt, ripped jeans and Chelsea boots

(DA) SHARE YOUR FAV FASHION ITEMS WITH US …

Jeans – River Island. Rings and necklaces are from all over. Sunglasses- Dapmod

(DA) NOW, BRIEFLY TELL US ABOUT ABOUT YOUR SHOW ON EBONY TV ?

It’s a daily entertainment news show that airs all over the African Continent and on-demand in the UK and USA. I have a “Fashion For Men” Segment every Tuesday on the show too. We also have in-house celebrity guests and performances occasionally.

(DA) WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN SOO FAR ESPECIALLY FROM YOUR 3FS (FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS)?

Everyone has been so supportive and full of goodwill. It’s really humbling and great. I think my friends are the best humans on earth.

(DA) YOUR CONFIDENCE IS ONE OF A KIND I MUST SAY, HOW DO YOU BUILD SUCH A MECHANISM?

Man, it’s been a long road to get here. I certainly didn’t have it easy growing up self-esteem wise, but I decided one day that what people thought about me was none of my business. You have to live your life in the best way that makes you happy.

(DA) WHAT ROLE HAS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE PLAYED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DENOLA GREY BRAND?

A very significant role.

(DA) WHAT ARE THE QUOTE  YOU LIVE BY?

A couple actually

When you step outside your house, make it worth everyone’s while.

Dressing well is only a form of Good manners.

The only person you should try and be better than is who you were yesterday.

Being kind and compassionate doesn’t make you weak.

(DA) WHATS THE WAY FORWARD FOR YOUR BRAND ?

Work harder and smarter and expand my horizons  and start a dialogue on a global level. With the grace of God

HOT SEAT


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(DA) IS DENOLA SINGLE ?

NOPE

(DA) ARE YOU ARE FOODIE ?

YES!!! Mostly junk food or anything-deep fried and involving chicken

YOUR TOP 3 FASHION BRANDS IN NIGERIA

RHOBES COUTURE, ORANGE CULTURE and  Maki Oh

(DA) DESCRIBE YOUR WORSE SEXUAL EXPERIENCE

LOL that’s personal

(DA) WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH ?

I got too many! But im loving everything about Beyonce right now

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