“I was called OGORstina” – Singer, Omawumi opens up on ‘not feeling pretty’ while growing up
Nigerian songstress, Omawumi has taken to social media to open up on her feelings of insecurity while she was younger. The talented singer recounted how, while growing up, she was one of those kids that wasn’t typically pretty and was called all sort of nicknames because of her prominent forehead.
Omawumi said she was called all sort of names and there was a particular aunt who called her ‘Beauty’, because she claimed she used it to prophesy into her life.
The mother-of-two went on to add that these incidents made her overly aware of her flaws and made her feel insecure so she always used to try to hide her flaws by wearing heavy makeup and resorting to some other means.
Omawumi disclosed that nothing has changed from then to the present except that she is now in love with herself; flaws and all. From her prominent forehead to her knocked knees, from her cellulite to her stretch marks.
She added that though she can decide to hide some of her flaws if she wants to, it’ll be her choice and not because of what anyone feels or says. On her Instagram page, she wrote:
“I was one of those kids they used to call ‘Hammer Headed’, ‘OGORstina’ and ‘Ekpengbe forehead’…. Infact one of my aunt’s used to call me ‘Beauty’, she said she was using it to prophecy into my life that I will be pretty someday …. Well there was a time I allowed it get to me, there was a time that I couldn’t step out without being heavily decked up in makeup. I would do all manners of things to hide my flaws because I felt imperfect. Now the only thing that has changed is that I’m madly in love with my imperfect me, with my ekpengbe forehead , with my knock knees, with my cellulites and stretch marks like map of Africa! I’m in love with my skin and everything within And guess what? I can still decide to change or hide a flaw because that too is ok! what I won’t do is allow anybody’s perception of me direct the decisions I make for myself. I am Beautiful…You are beautiful too!.”