Backstage at the Fashion Awards with TikTok sensation Elsa Majimbo

The internet comedienne shares her photo diary of British fashion’s biggest night of the year, and talks money, Kim Jones and chess.

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12/2/2021 3:57:00 PM

Backstage at the Fashion Awards with TikTok sensation ElsaAngel19! The internet comedienne shares her photo diary of British fashion’s biggest night of the year, and talks money, Kim Jones and chess. Read more:

The internet comedienne shares her photo diary of British fashion’s biggest night of the year, and talks money, Kim Jones and chess.

Gotcha! Tell us one thing that really speaks to who you are.[Responding immediately] Money.Money. It drives me to do almost everything. Oh, and my family! [chuckles]Photography ​Uwakokunre (Kokie) Imasogie​. Images courtesy of Elsa MajimboWell, money and family are two good causes for motivation, I guess. But let's talk about why we're here today -- the Fashion Awards. How did you end up presenting on the red carpet?

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Well, I was sleeping, and my manager called and told me that the British Fashion Council wanted me to host. I was like, “That's really cool, but it's 11pm right now — let's talk about this in the morning?” So we discussed it the next day, and it altered my plans a bit – I was meant to be in Dubai – but I was really excited to come.

What excites you most about fashion right now?I feel likedesignerswho are coming up always have the best looks – they’re always doing things that are really unexpected. And I obviously love African designers, too. They're not necessarily seen as much, but seeing them grow and turn themselves into great things is always amazing.

Tell us a bit more about the look your look for the night. It was pretty bold!I mean, it's an amazing Fendi look. When I was trying to figure out what to wear for the Fashion Awards, I immediately went to Kim Jones -- he's just exceptional, and he has such a great mind.

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Photography ​Uwakokunre (Kokie) Imasogie​. Images courtesy of Elsa MajimboWhat is it about his vision for Fendi that you’re particularly drawn to?He's always proposing something new. And he's always working with other people, which I really respect. It means that you're an easy person to get along with, and that really matters a lot. I think that comes through really strongly in his designs – you can just see his brilliance.

Was there anyone you were particularly excited to see at the Awards?I was excited for people to see me! I was like,"They are gonna die!"When you're not wearing Fendi at the Fashion Awards, what's a quintessential Elsa look?Oh my goodness, it's so boring! I'm so basic! I just wear trousers, a T-shirt — probably from Target to be honest — and a pair of sneakers. It’s weird considering how much designer stuff is sent to me — for free! And I just walk into Target and buy T-shirts.

I’ve heard you’re a keen chess player. When did you start playing?In high school, because I was bored. But it keeps my mind running, and it helps me think critically through situations and calculate everything. I treat my life like it's chess, basically! It really helps me put my life together.

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Photography ​Uwakokunre (Kokie) Imasogie​. Images courtesy of Elsa MajimboWhat’s your most niche interest?Maths. I love doing maths problems in my free time, which is so weird, but I love it so much.What sort of maths problems?Everything! Calculus, algebra, anything you can think of. Just getting them correct is so satisfying.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now?In a mansion somewhere. I mean, I'll have a few around the world hopefully, but I’ll just be having a good time with my family. And trying to make my next investment and figure out how to make life better for other girls, especially in Africa. I want to help them to rise and be their best.

Photography ​Uwakokunre (Kokie) Imasogie​. Images courtesy of Elsa MajimboOne last thing I have to ask — what's your favourite crisp flavour?Salt and vinegar.Any particular brand?[laughs] Hell no! You will not trap me with that question! Until they're paying me a seven-figure check, I'm not saying anyone's name!

Photography ​Uwakokunre (Kokie) Imasogie​. Images courtesy of Elsa MajimboPhotography ​Uwakokunre (Kokie) Imasogie​. Images courtesy of Elsa Majimbo

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