Nigerian face model Adetutu OJ Alabi, who is well-known for her facial tribal marks, welcomed a new baby boy to her family. We share images of her pregnancy shoot and how she feels about her new baby:-
The model who already has a daughter, shared her excitement of welcoming her second child on Facebook. Saying, ‘ Just because I’m impatient for my professional pictures. It’s a boy. 8/12/2021’
Adetutu Alabi is a on the journey towards normalising tribal marks and also enforcing the privilege of choice for those who want to acquire them. The marks are mostly put on children as young as a week old.
The Nigerian face model is using social media to create awareness around African tribal markings around the world. Alabi started the #TribalMarksChallenge on Instagram, calling on people to embrace their tribal markings.
The campaign initially started to gain the attention of Rihanna, helping Alabi become a model for the latest Fenty Beauty campaign.
Adetutu OJ Alabi told the Nerve Africa that it was very difficult growing up with the tribal marks and that these days she did not pay the bullies any mind even though she still got insulted when she went out in public.
Alabi has also opened up about how having tribal markings has affected her romantic relationships, further lowering her self-esteem.
She said that, “One of the reasons the father of my child absconded his responsibility was because of my tribal marks. He could not be with me in public and he only made us meet at night… I felt I was the ugliest girl in the world. I got fed up with relationships because men didn’t always want to go out with me during the day; they would prefer to be with me at night”
In an interview with BBC news in 2018 the model said she would never remove the marks, even for a million dollars. ‘This is my trademark now’.