The energy of phrases, religion, perception, and onerous work all culminate into success. In 2015, Nicolette Titilayo Orji, additionally generally known as Nikki Billie Jean, founder, and editor-in-chief of All Issues Ankara, encountered Cardi B for the primary time. Her artistic director, Troy Massa believed that their model can be one of many first Ankara / African print style manufacturers Cardi B would work with. 4 years later, it certainly occurred.
The date was December 4th, 2019, Nikki Billie Jean was contacted by Jennifer Udechukwu, an assistant stylist to Cardi B’s stylist Kollin Carter. Jennifer had despatched a direct message on Instagram mentioning that she wished to tug some garments from All Issues Ankara for Cardi B to put on in Nigeria. She additionally talked about that she would wish the garments that very same night earlier than their flight left for Cardi B’s mini West African tour throughout Nigeria and Ghana.
With only some hours left, Nikki and her workforce created magic and defeated time. They made an orange mermaid costume with Ankara print piping element from the All Issues Ankara Market for Cardi B. The costume was a tube-style costume that featured a half peplum and cascading ruffled particulars together with puffy sleeves. The daring shade of orange on Cardi B’s pores and skin tone was an ideal mixture that caught the eye of thousands and thousands throughout social media.
Virtually a 12 months later, the workforce would join once more. In early November 2020, Jennifer contacted Nikki and this time, the workforce wanted African print materials and equipment for a present Cardi B was doing with Fb. The present was known as ‘Cardi Tries Ballet.’
Kollin Carter and Kollin’s different assistant stylist Reva Bhatt additionally reached out to Nikki to select the material from the All Issues Ankara Store and gold earrings from the All Issues Ankara Market. The material chosen was the identical cloth used to design the Ankaranista Swimsuit from the Nikki Billie Jean Store in 2017.
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About Nikki Billie Jean
Nikki Billie Jean (Nicolette Titilayo Orji) is a Nigerian-American editor-in-chief, designer, style stylist, style director, artistic director, marketing campaign producer, and occasion producer. She is of Yoruba-Igbo descent and from Maryland, primarily based within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan space.
Her identify Nikki Billie Jean is impressed by her nickname “Nikki” and Michael Jackson’s music “Billie Jean.” In 2009, she adopted the stage identify after altering her identify on Fb, in remembrance of Michael Jackson. She additionally added Billie Jean to her identify as a result of it’s the solely Michael Jackson music that rhymes with the identify Nikki.
Nikki grew to become enthusiastic about Ankara print style whereas being a Vice President, member, dancer, mannequin, occasion coordinator for Penn States’s African Pupil Affiliation (ASA) whereas she was a pupil at Penn State. In 2013 she launched her style line Billie Jean Bow ties (which is now Nikki Billie Jean) at Penn State’s “Contact of Africa: Africa Alive!” and NABA’s style present. From designing bow ties, Nikki began designing slim-fit fits, combining vibrant Ankara patterns with formal menswear-inspired silhouettes.
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