Written by Ogunbiyi Ayobami Lolade

Some people have a strong passion for fashion, and just like Diane Von Furstenberg, they also believe that “style is something each of us already have, all we need to do is find it.” One of these exceptional individuals is Mobolaji Olujimi Dawodu.

Mobolaji Olujimi Dawodu is a Nigerian-American fashion stylist who was born in Nigeria and raised in Virginia. His background cuts across African and American cultures, though most of his fashion sense stems from his parents because his mother had a small clothing business growing up, and both his parents were stylish.

In an interview with Fashionista 2019, Dawodu explains that being a stylist takes a lot of hard work, time, and dedication. In some cases, stylists are dismissed or even looked down on because they simply “choose clothes,” but Dawodu has proved that being a stylist is more than just choosing clothes.

Stylists have a significant role in making sure a campaign shoot meets up and also helps to encourage the creative team, which includes the photographers and models.

Having spent over ten years at The Fader and traveling around the world, he has also worked in film, costume designing for directors. Some of the directors he has designed for are Mira Nair and, most recently, Hiro Murai, in the musical movie Guava Island starring Donald Glover and Rihanna.

He is currently a fashion style editor at GQ and is known for vibrant colors, bold prints, and comfy long johns. Recently, Mobalaji styled “African Giant” Burna Boy for his debut appearance in the Spring/Summer edition of GQ Style.

Over the years, he has successfully infused African culture in his styling, which makes him unique.

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