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Philomena Kwao Serves Up “Curve Appeal” in Essence April 2014

Philomena Kwao for Essence Magazine April 2014 photographed by Tom Corbett

Philomena Kwao for Essence Magazine April 2014 photographed by Tom Corbett

Ghanaian-British model Philomena Kwao is simply gorgeous in a fashion editorial for Essence Magazine‘s April 2014 issue, titled “Curve Appeal.”

The former Miss Ghana UK also reveals her beauty routine, how she channels Beyoncé, how Lupita Nyong’o has affected her and more.

Styled by Angel Terrazas with makeup by Saisha Beecham, the plus-size beauty gives curvaceous life to body-flattering pieces from Bailey 44, Michael Kors, Lafayette 148 New York, Wacoal, and Elie Tahari paired with neutral accessories by Gemma Redux, David Yurman, Hervé Van Der Straeten Alexis Bittar, Swarovski, and Dinosaur Designs, and shoes by Jimmy Choo and Giuseppe Zanotti.

Check out more photos from the Tom Corbett-lensed photo shoot, as well as snippets from her interview below.

Philomena Kwao for Essence Magazine April 2014 photographed by Tom Corbett

Philomena Kwao for Essence Magazine April 2014 photographed by Tom Corbett

On her beauty routine:

“[My beauty routine is] very simple. Lots of water and raw Shea butter. I’m also a religious user of Garnier Pure Active products (available in the UK and Canada); primarily the Garnier pure foaming wash and the Garnier pure active 24 hour moisturizer.”

Philomena Kwao for Essence Magazine April 2014 photographed by Tom Corbett

Philomena Kwao for Essence Magazine April 2014 photographed by Tom Corbett

On channeling Beyoncé:

[My favorite thing to wear to feel special is] bodycon dresses. I like to channel my inner Beyoncé and put on my “freakum dress.”

On Lupita:

Philomena Kwao for Essence Magazine April 2014 photographed by Tom Corbett

Philomena Kwao for Essence Magazine April 2014 photographed by Tom Corbett

“Lupita’s OSCAR win was like a breath of fresh air. I was nervous watching the awards ceremony. And as someone who shares a similar look to her it was refreshing to see that a women of colour, more specifically a darker woman of colour is being fully accepted as beautiful, elegant and graceful. I love that Lupita is changing the conventional standards of black beauty, breaking down barriers and creating a conversation within our communities about what is beautiful, encouraging us to be happy in our own skin, no matter what shade you are.”

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[photos via divalocity]