Actress and CEO of Mag_Divas, Mercy Aigbe Gentry, in a recent interview talks about being one of the most fashionable Nollywood actresses and how she operates her multi-million Naira boutique.
Read excerpts from her interview with Encomium Weekly below:
You’re one of the most fashionable Nollywood stars right now, what does it take to dress well?
”I always tell people, it’s not how expensive your outfit is that matters, but how you put it together, and that’s style. To me, fashion is the material and style is how you put it together to ensure it fits you. At times, you may wear something very expensive and will look cheap on you because you don’t have the carriage. And it was not even put together properly. At times, when I wear a T-shirt of about N5,000 and a pair of jeans, people think I am putting on something very expensive. So, it’s the way you carry yourself. And it’s knowing what suits your body frame and what’s appropriate according to your age because a lot of people don’t know there are some clothes they shouldn’t wear because of their age. Then, what to wear, when and where to wear it to. Some people don’t understand all these. And all of these come to play when I want to dress up for an outing.”
Let’s talk about this massive boutique of yours, Mag Divas, it’s like a year and half you established it…
”Yes, it was opened in December 2014. So, it’s like a year and half now.”
Was it started this big?
”Yes, it was. We thank God for how far we have come because a lot of people find it difficult to believe it’s just one year and few months. But we thank God. Mag Divas is everywhere. Everybody is talking about it. We have customers all over the country and beyond. So, we give God the glory.”
How much did you invest in it?
”You should know I won’t give you a figure, but we bless God. Fashion is another thing I have serious passion for aside acting. I just decided to translate my passion into money making and I found out that an average Nigerian woman is stylish. A lot of people are looking for where to buy good, quality and fashionable items at very reasonable prices. And that was actually my aim when I started Mag Divas. The moment you come, you get unique and very good quality items at very affordable prices.”
Aside clothing, a lot of other sections exist here…
”(Cuts in) Yes, we have other things we deal in. We have children’s section, we have a section for the guys too. We have a make-up studio,. We’re also into hair. We sell top qualitvirgin human hair. We also have Mag Divas hair which is our own brand. We have our branded cosmetics too. We sell so many cosmetics for both men and women to make them glow.”