DATE OF BIRTH: 1982
OCCUPATION: Fashion Stylist
MARITAL STATUS: Not Married
Toyin lawani is a multimillionaire popular fashion designer/stylist in Nigeria, she is based in Lagos and she runs "Tiannah’s Place Empire" as the creative director and ceo, the company owns a fashion academy, it is also active in the hospitality industry as well as travels and tours. Toyin lawani is one the richest fashion stylists in Nigeria if not the richest. Toyin is also known to be a great philanthropist.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Toyin Lawani is from a very rich and pretigious family in Ekiti state. Her late mum, who was into textile business, ran a beauty home until her death in the USA. Her father was the famous Olanrewaju Lawani, a politician who worked with General Gowon.
Her paternal grandfather was a Commisioner of Police, while her maternal grandmother is still the Reagent of Ikole Ekiti in Ekiti state. Toyin had everything she wanted as a child, but she craved to be independent of her family’s wealth.
Her mother introduced her into it because she was an entrepreneur. Her mother has a big beauty supply of many products which is still running today. Her mother had a salon, spa; she was selling cars, gold and she indulged in any business that was going around that time.
While growing up, all the ideas Toyin have about her beauty product, Tiannah’s beauty product was from her mother. When she was 11 years old, her mother would give her product and tell her to go and trade them, so this is what she grew up knowing.
Apart from entertainment, her family was all in business right from when she was growing up. So, it was not new to her. n. Her mum groomed her in every sphere of the business. But her dad wanted her to be a lawyer.
Toyin has bachelor’s degree in english language from the university of lagos.
CAREER AND LIFE
Toyin started making money when she was only 16 years of age, she had just gained admission then in Unilag.
When she first started, she started as a stylist and people would come to her boutique and ask her for style and designs and she would give it to them. But it was one of her friends that asked her why she was allowing stylists to come and steal from her. She advised her to sow her style by herself and stop giving it out, and she thought to herself that her friend was right and so she gave it a trial.
After she saw her design on someone else, she started designing by herself.
IN HER WORDS: "If you work hard as an entrepreneur, you will be an entrepreneur, but if you limit yourself, you will just remain stagnant."
Toyin is living a fulfilling life as an entrepreneur, who clothes and styles ‘A’ list artistes, actors, politicians, and money bags in Nigeria and abroad.
She has a house called Tiannah’s place located in a choice area in Lekki, estimated to be worth over N300m. The house boasts of a restaurant called amala dot com, a fashion school, salon, a boutique, spa, a designer’s studio, a travel agency, and many other facilities in one building.
According to report, only the very rich and the famous can afford a visit and treatment from Tiannah’s place. Toyin is currently working on a reality TV show project she calls Diary of a Fashion Guru, coming soon to TV screens across Nigeria and Africa.
SEE A BRIEF INTERVIEW ABOUT HER CAREER:
What was your childhood ambition?
I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur and I have always been interested in fashion. I started my first business at the age of 16 with a boutique, a mini supermarket, and a spa while studying at the University of Lagos.Why fashion designing, styling and beauty?
Because these three things put together are my passion. I started sketching at a very early age and while I was in University, I stated designing for my friends and gave them fashion tips. I also love making natural remedies for skin issues, making people look good from head to toe. This is why I opened a salon for hair, nails, lash, makeup and the beauty arm of the business. Because of my flare for good skin, I opened my spa where I sell my own range of skin care products called Tiannah’s Glow.TiannahStyling now has a fashion academy. What’s the aim of the school?
TiannahStyling Fashion Academy is constantly looking towards the future, identifying new ways of working, discovering new markets and learning new skills that will benefit our future fashion designers and stylists.How are you able to separate your work as a stylist and designer?
It’s actually really hard to separate the two because sometimes, when the public see few of our works, video or editorials, they always feel I just styled it not knowing I design all the pieces I style with.How many collections have you had since you started designing, tell us about your most recent one?What kind of woman do you design for?
I have designed four collections so far. All my collections are about my life. The “Day Dream” Collection was showcased at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in 2011. The “Daring Collection” was showcased at Music Meets Runway in 2011. The “Gladiator Series”, “Elegante Kidz”, and “Freedom collection” are my most recent ones. I showcased my “Freedom Collection” at African Fashion Week London in August 2013.
Actually, I design for everybody. Kids, teenagers, women, men, and even the old. Elegante by TiannahStyling caters for the world, not just the society.
Toyin has worked with a lot of Nigerian artistes both local and foreigners. She has styled for Banky W, Wizkid, Niyola, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazy, Dr Sid, Wande Coal, D’Prince, Davido and many other artistes.
She has also designed for Hollywood celebrities including Singer Kelly Rolland, Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Richardson and Natalie Nunn. Her circle of clientele includes Nollywood divas like Stephanie Okereke, Tonto Dike, Kate Henshaw and many others.
Toyin Lawani is not sparing resources living the life of her dream which she has worked so hard to actualise. This is evident in the choice of cars she drives and the house she lives in.
Her house is located in a choice area in Lagos Island. Her cars are no exception.
She has a Lexus SUV worth N20m, a Ford SUV worth N18m, and other wonders on wheels unknown to the press.
Toyin already had a baby in 2005 with her ex husband, her daughter Tiannah is the one she named her company after.
Toyin's has a lot of connections with huge public figures all across the world and her fashion line keeps going bigger.
Toyin who is 32 years old as of 2015 is engaged to an upcoming Nigerian musician Lord Trigg whose age is 22 as 2015, they've been dating for quite a long time according to Lord Trigg he said she started dating her when he was 17.
On the first day of the year in 2014 Toyin had a baby boy with her younger lover.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
She has won many awards which includes;
The city people awards
Won the award for the stylist of the year at ELOY awards 2014
RUMORS AND CONTROVERSIES
Toyin was reported to have dumped her rich boyfriend who is a lagos commissioner to take her relationship with her younger lover public.
|Toyin and younger Fiance 2013|
|Toyin's outfits to her 2015 birthday party|
|Toyin with her daughter and son|
SOURCES: takemetonaija.com, thisdaylive.com,sunnewsonline.com,vanguardngr.com
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