Nikki Billie Jean: My 27th Birthday Shoot Inspired by Illustrator Peniel Enchill

Hey Ankaranistas! On October 5th, I turned 27. I can’t believe I am almost 30-years-old. Time flies.

To celebrate another year, I usually do a photoshoot where I wear a natural hair style and suit inspired look. But this year, I wanted this shoot to be more different, classy and upscale. 

My 27th birthday shoot was inspired by illustrator Peniel Enchill. She created this illustration to celebrate the new year at the beginning of 2018. This image has always been stuck in my head since the beginning of the year. When I was thinking of concepts for this shoot, I knew this illustration would be perfect. See the illustrations by Peniel Enchill on Instagram (here) & (here).

I wanted a classy and upscale look, so I went with a fitted pink ankara print gown. 

For my hairstyle, I went with a lacefront wig with alot of volume. I haven’t worn straight weave since my college graduation back in 2013. I have also never worn a lace front wig. I am known for my natural hair styles and wanted to step out my comfort zone and try a new hairdo. I am super glad I did.

See more pictures below.

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So how did the team and I do? Did we nail it?

Cheers to 27!

See behind the scenes photos below:

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Model: Nicolette Orji, Nikki Billie Jean @nikkibilliejean

Swag: All Things Ankara, @allthingsankara

Gown: Nikki Billie Jean Shop @shopnikkibilliejean

Fabric: All Things Ankara Shop @shopallthingsankara

Creative Director: Troy Stewart, Troy Massa @troy.massa @creative.troymassa

Project Manager: Jasmine Ngegba, Sia J @official.siaj

Photographer: Eugene Maddy, Get Boxed Photography @salonediamonds @getboxed_

Behind The Scenes Photographer: Shanell Brown, Reign Noire @reignnoire

&  Eugene Maddy, Get Boxed Photography @salonediamonds @getboxed_

Hair: Justina Samaiye @jsamaiye

Make-Up: Juliannah Adeoye, Touched by Juju @juliannahjulyance @touchedbyju

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