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Feature: Deborah Vanessa — Ghana’s Fresh Face of Style


 

 

Deborah Vanessa Owusu Bonsu walks the fashion catwalk

Deborah Vanessa Owusu Bonsu walks the fashion catwalk

 

 

This multi-faceted fashion designer/model and now music artist has her eyes on all kinds of prizes. 

 

By: Francesca Andoh

Accra, Ghana

 

 

In the high-paced industry of fashion, keen participation by fashion icons plays a critical role in the advancement of the industry. They not only make relevant contributions by their endless promotion of brands, but influence the consumer’s purchasing behaviour considerably.

 

Deborah Vanessa Owusu Bonsu

Deborah Vanessa Owusu Bonsu

 

 

Here, we profile  one of Accra’s most stylish icons and an avid entrepreneur. Deborah Vanessa Owusu Bonsu is an accomplished triple threat who has become an undeniably familiar face in fashion and entertainment across Ghana and other parts of Africa. She is a model, a fashion designer, a TV personality and most recently, a musician, with the release of her debut single “Uncle Obama” generating over 850,000 hits on YouTube.

 

A burgeoning socialite, her ever evolving sense of style has rightly established her as one of Ghana’s most fashionable celebrities of present. She has been named the best-dressed personality on countless occasions for various public appearances. Her strong personal style, fuelled by her wit for quality designs, inspired the formation of her own clothing brand, “DV” by Deborah Vanessa. Her early success with music has also generated a high demand for her collection of inscription t-shirts and tank tops, which bear her popular lyrics, recently released by her brand. Her immense success notwithstanding, the peppy and extroverted Debbie does more apart from designing clothes and making music. She is also a fashion model and a TV presenter, hosting several fashion, entertainment and reality TV shows in the past, and currently the host for the fashion and lifestyle show, Glitterati.

 

Deborah Vanessa Owusu Bonsu

Deborah Vanessa Owusu Bonsu the Fashionista

 

She began modelling at the age of nine but explained that her modelling career really took off for her professionally after winning second place at the 2004 Miss Malaika beauty pageant. “The fashion industry then was very young so it was much easier for petite models, like me, to book jobs doing runway shows all the time. Now, due to height constraints on my part, it’s the more editorial and commercial stuff that I do.” She recounted some of the fascinating events that led to her multiple and even glamorous career paths, recalling amusing stories of her childhood days in Accra and early interests that soon developed into raw talents. “I liked being creative as a child. I started painting and drawing from age five, sewed clothes for my baby dolls, did a bit of gardening and collected insects, the latter hobbies in a fruitless attempt to fulfil my undying love for nature,” she laughed. Obviously, that didn’t quite work out.

 

Deborah Vanessa Owusu Bonsu the Fashionista

Deborah Vanessa Owusu Bonsu the Fashionista

 

She also earned the nickname “Matchy-matchy” in primary school for her habit of forever matching the colours on her headband to the long strands connecting the two sides of her temporary prescription glasses, and to her socks. From then on, she seized every opportunity that presented itself to indulge in entertaining activities as her interests led her, appearing on popular kids’ TV shows of the time and modelling at various kids’ fashion events. Little did she know that these experiences would have such a tremendous impact on her adult life and future career choices.

 

Model wearing Deborah's "Uncle Obama" tank top

Model wearing Deborah's "Uncle Obama" tank top

 

She credits her knack for making careers out of the things she loves to do to her childhood development. When asked what career she may attempt next, she hinted our mild suspicion: a possible move towards the big screen. She advises younger people to pursue all their aspirations to the full, without ever neglecting the importance of education, as it is inevitably going to determine the amount of success they can attain within the industry.

 

Find Deborah Vanessa on Facebook, Twitter (@deborahvanessa7) and Instagram (sisterdeborah). Check out her music video here.

 

 

*Francesca is an art loving, styling obsessed, fashion lover who roams the streets of Ghana always looking for the next fashionable inspiration. Check out her thoughts at www.francescaandoh.blogspot.com 


 

 

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