The energy of phrases, religion, perception, and hard-work all culminate into success. In 2015, Nicolette Titilayo Orji, additionally referred to as Nikki Billie Jean, founder, and editor-in-chief of All Issues Ankara, encountered Cardi B for the primary time. Her inventive director, Troy Massa believed that their model could be one of many first Ankara / African print vogue 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 needed to drag 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 crew created magic and defeated time. They made an orange mermaid gown with Ankara print piping element from the All Issues Ankara Market for Cardi B. The gown was a tube-style gown that featured a half peplum and ruffled particulars together with puffy sleeves. The shade of orange on Cardi B’s pores and skin tone was an ideal mixture and caught the eye of hundreds of thousands throughout social media.
Virtually a 12 months later, the crew would join once more. In early November 2020, Jennifer contacted Nikki once more, mentioning that they wanted African print materials and equipment for a present Cardi B was doing with Fb. The present was referred to as ‘Cardi Tries Ballet.’
Kollin Carter and Kollin’s different assistant stylist Reva Bhatt additionally reached out to Nikki to choose 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 Go well with 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, vogue stylist, vogue director, inventive 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 title Nikki Billie Jean is impressed by her nickname “Nikki” and Michael Jackson’s tune “Billie Jean.” In 2009, she adopted the stage title after altering her title on Fb, in remembrance of Michael Jackson. She additionally added Billie Jean to her title as a result of it’s the solely Michael Jackson tune that rhymes with the title Nikki.
Nikki grew to become keen about ankara print vogue whereas being a Vice President, member, dancer, mannequin, occasion coordinator for Penn States’s African Pupil Affiliation (ASA) whereas she was a scholar at Penn State. In 2013 she launched her vogue line Billie Jean Bowties (which is now Nikki Billie Jean) at Penn State’s “Contact of Africa: Africa Alive!” and NABA’s vogue present. From designing bowties, Nikki began designing slim match fits, combining vibrant ankara patterns with formal menswear-inspired silhouettes.
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