Funsho Arogundade

It was exciting news for upcoming fashionistas and lovers of originality as the second season of the Fayrouz L’Original competition kicked off on Thursday, 2 April.

•Mai Atafo

•Mai Atafo

•Omoyemi

•Omoyemi

Like the maiden edition held last year, the competition promises to be an exciting one for both participants as well as fashion enthusiasts. It will feature upcoming models, designers, photographers and makeup artists from different parts of Nigeria. They will battle one another to emerge the top team and win the N4 million cash prize along with many other goodies.

Meanwhile, ace photographer, Kelechi Amadi Obi has joined fashion designers, Mai Atafo, Kunbi Oyelese  (April by Kunbi) as judges for the competition while there will be surprise guest appearances during the auditions.

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Last season’s winners Team Elan, have been busy making waves since winning the maiden edition of the competition. The fashion ensemble which boasts the talents of Temitayo Nathan and Toyin Oyeneye amongst others, exhibited their designs at the prestigious Lagos Fashion & Design Week last November where they shared the same runway with industry heavyweights such as Lanre Da Silva, Maki Oh and the Okunoren Twins.

Temitayo Nathan was then chosen by the Lagos Fashion and Design Week to feature at the International Fashion Showcase at the London Fashion Week in February 2015 alongside Grey, Iamisigo, Kenneth Ize and Orange Culture, and they emerged winners at the showcase.

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Since winning the Fayrouz L’Original Expressions competition and scooping the $20,000 prize, Team Elan’s fashion and design careers have taken off impressively.

The competition is an offshoot of the Be Original campaign launched by Fayrouz.