LEFT: Jacket and ring were custom made in Nigeria; top and pants by Christian Omeshun; body chain from Claire’s; bracelet from Nordstrom; earrings (worn as broaches) purchased at WINS Women In Need Society thrift store.
Standing over six feet tall, Adora Nwofor, a comedian and feminist activist, is a self-professed “giant” with a personality to match. But compared to her raunchy “shock-wit” humour, her style isn’t that outlandish. She juxtaposes classic cuts and clean lines with bold Nigerian-traditional patterns and bright colours, especially her signature blue. “I tend to give people anxiety just by walking into a room in jeans and a sweater,” Nwofor says. “I’m kind of sensory overload.”
Finding clothes that fit can be a challenge, and Nwofor often goes for custom creations, but she refuses to downplay her height. Nwofor loves anything ’70s-inspired, especially jumpsuits, flared pants and crop-tops that show off her long legs and narrow waist.
“I want people to know that I’m normal, and that women come in my size,” she says. “Designers have to change their definition of normal to include me. I’m not going to limit myself because they haven’t caught up yet.”
What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession?
“Shopping on a budget. I’m part of some fantastic swap and second-hand groups like YYC Curvy Girl Buy and Sell.”
What’s your dream outfit?
“A jumpsuit made just for me, with large patterns – Sunny Rose by Maureen Ikem Okogwu-Ikokwu, my dream designer. A bolero jacket, a pair of brooches and a ring, like sapphire Princess Diana engagement-esque. Black-girl-nude Louboutins – peeps with a metal finish, maybe some crystals down the heel.”
Where do you go to be seen fashion-wise?
“The fashion event for my community is the Nigerian Canadian Association of Calgary Gala Night. It happens every Nigerian Independence Day [October 1st] and the style is fierce.”