Nigerian fashion designer Toyin Lawani of Tiannah’s Empire has responded to the harsh criticisms she came under after referencing a nun-themed outfit to the premiere of the Nollywood film “The Prophetess”.
The popular fashion entrepreneur known for her eclectic and controversial ensembles came under fire for her outfit to the premiere as many called it scandalous and insulting to the Christian faith.
Toyin Lawani in a lengthy post on her Instagram said she is unperturbed by the backlash as Nigerians are small-minded and backward.
“Honestly Nigerians have refused to be liberated when it comes to fashion and depicting themes , when will you get it into your empty skulls that costumes can carry crucifix and doesn’t mean its a sign of disrespect, people dress like s**y nuns all day , for all sorts of events and Halloween etc yet , y’all on my page crying and wailing like I killed someone in your family 🤣 juSt because I’m Nigerian.”
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But if It’s Kim or your RiRi or Beyoncé now, you will be hearing aww , so hot , my role model 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. Bloody Hypocrites ,but behind closed door yall disgusting and doing nasty sh*t. Even you pastors who come on here to preach, na una f*ck your ushers and church members pass , hiss , most of you are so way back ,your lack of exposure is really disturbing you lots. You don’t even know what Art is when you see it. I learnt fashion internationally , break fashion boundaries and I’m a Risk taker.”
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She added that she won’t be apologising for the outfit and will break even more boundaries in the future.
Nigerians have since castigated Lawani’s — which seem to channel nun’s habit and bishop’s robe at the same — since the premiere on Sunday, March 28th, 2021.
Toyin Lawani making this a fashion statement is total rubbish and unacceptable… total blasphemy pic.twitter.com/nDBImFtcEP
— brooda John (@Nigeriangod_) March 29, 2021
Christians are liberal, that’s the reason Toyin Lawani can dress like this without any backlash.
I am not assistant Jesus although I’m his baby boy. I won’t fight his battles. God is capable of fighting his battles.
Madam Toyin Lawani, try this with Muslims, let’s see something pic.twitter.com/apyxI3Nszh
— African god (@theafricangod) March 29, 2021
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