Big Brother Naija contestant Angel Smith from the first minute she stepped into the house and into Nigerian discourse was the topic of many conversations. Her free-spirited nature and mode of dressing made her a very polarizing person. Some people really loved her, and some really hated her.
Now, in a new interview with Saturday Beats, Angel is talking about her dressing and how it made people think she wasn’t intelligent. She gives her honest thoughts about the quote “dress the way you want to be addressed”. She also opens up about her life post-Big Brother house, advice for new housemates, and her relationship with her parents. Here’s everything Angel said.
Speaking about the quote “Dress the way you want to be addressed”, Angel said:
Honestly, I feel like the quote, ‘Dress the way you want to be addressed’, leads to a whole lot of other issues such as sexual assault. Even people who cover their bodies completely get raped; so, I don’t believe in that statement. I feel that statement only encourages more acts like rape. I do not judge people based on how they look. Even the #EndSARS protests stemmed from police officers stereotyping young Nigerians because of the way they dressed, as well as for having tattoos and dreadlocks
Speaking about how people equate her intelligence to her dressing, Angel said:
Those that did not see the intelligent side of me chose not to do so. It was always obvious in the conversations I had. However, a lot of Nigerians like to stereotype. They were rather focused on my dressing, my tattoos and how I choose to represent myself physically. It (intelligence) was always there and if people are just getting to see it now, it means in their terms, I’m starting to dress better. Everyone has been talking about how there has been a change in the way I dress since the reunion
Speaking about staying relevant after the show, Angel said:
I feel that ‘doing well’ is relative. Some people appear successful on social media but are not doing well in reality. I don’t think there is anything I do that is out of the ordinary. I still party and have fun, and I am still the same Angel, though there is some growth in certain areas of my life as I am getting older. Most importantly, God has been on my side.
Giving advice to new Big Brother housemates, Angel said:
My advice to them is that they should go there and be authentic. That is the advice I gave myself, and that is the same thing I will tell fresh contestants.
Speaking about how relationship with parents changed after the show, Angel said:
My relationship with my dad has always been rock solid. But, after BBN, things have been kind of shaky because he is a busy man and I am busy as well. We were very ‘chit-chatty’ before BBN. Now, most of our conversations are work oriented, but we are still cool regardless. He will always be my biggest supporter. My mum and I are cool. As a matter of fact, she just left my house to return to Ghana. We had to work on our relationship and there were lots of growing up to do. However, our relationship is definitely better and we get along better.
What do you think about what Angel said about the popular quote? Do you agree with her? Do you disagree? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment either below or on my Jide Okonjo Facebook post.