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On-Air Style

A local news anchor on dressing for TV

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Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m turning 30 this year. I’m originally from Philadelphia and I’m the oldest of six kids. My parents are Nigerian immigrants, hence the name, and I like running, traveling and eating. I’m a novice cook of mostly healthy foods. I started in media the summer before senior year of college. I interned at ABC News on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings before he died, then became infected with the news virus. I went to Columbia for graduate school and have been in TV ever since.

What’s your on-air style like?
I like simple outfits that can extend through a few seasons. I try to find things I can wear again and switch up with shoes and a belt so people won’t notice. But I also like bright colors. I have dark skin so bright colors help me stand out.

Do you have a TV beauty squad?
No, we’re responsible for our wardrobe, hair and makeup. But we have a consultant come and teach us how to apply makeup appropriately for HD, as well as for our skin colors. I got a lot of great advice, and makeup is something I need to learn about because I never wore it until I had to for work. It’s still a learning process for me. We also get emails from consultants on what the current fashion trends are and how to wear them for TV.

How about off camera?
I’m definitely a lot more casual. I like tank tops, shorts, jeans, flip flops – it’s pretty simple. You’ll probably see me in running clothes and my glasses on the weekend, which I don’t wear to work. Also, when I’m not working, I love to wear skirts and dresses. It has to be appropriate but I try not to let my 36” legs stop me from wearing something cute. Even though dresses look dressier, I think they’re easier. Throw on a bracelet and you’re done.

Describe this look.
I would say this is a day-to-night outfit; one you can wear in the city having lunch and then go out. I might wear this to work if paired with tights. I like that it’s feminine and flowy. I have fun wearing it. The dress is loose fitting, and I don’t have hips so I wanted to use the belt to show my waist. I love bracelets and earrings, and I’ve been noticing many people wearing nude pumps. Maybe nude is the new black. These shoes are patent leather and not too high, so they’re comfortable for me to walk in and they don’t make me a giant because I’m already 5’9”.

Where do you shop?
I’m always on the Nordstrom website because they have so many brands and designers. I love T.J. Maxx because it’s ev- erything you see in department stores except cheaper. I got a Michael Kors dress for $30, and I had a $25 gift card so I got it for $5! I hardly ever pay retail.