Leadership (Abuja)

11 November 2012

Nigeria: 'I'm Always Relevant' - D'bling

interview

Lindsey Lynda Raphael, aka D'Bling is from Enugu state. The singer, model, actress and entrepreneur who is born to an ex-military personnel father, and a clergy mum, says her passion for fashion and showbiz stemmed from when she was a child. Her unique, yet controversial style has come to the front burner. In this interview with ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM, she speaks more about herself.

What's new about D'bling?

I've been out of the scene for a little while because I've been working on my album which I just completed. It's an 18 track album. It is due to be released later this month. Also, I've been working on my foundation -D'Bling Foundation for the Motherless Babies.

I also have a reality TV show coming up. It's titled 'Celebrity Love for Orphans', while my clothing line is D' Bling Diamond. I'm also taking out time to know God properly.

Give us an insight into the nature of the album?

I featured a lot of artistes in this album. I have Durrella, I have Blackface, Zaaki Adzzay, Sunny Nneji, ArtQuake, Konga. It's a great album.

...And about your TV reality show?

My TV reality show is aimed at celebrating orphans in our society. It's aimed at creating awareness for Nigerians and Africans as a whole to start adopting and showing love to orphans. That's the concept. I'm trying to let people know that adoption is not a whiteman's thing. Anyone can adopt. If you don't want to adopt, why don't you sponsor a child. People like 2face, D'banj, Gennevieve, and other celebrities are supposed to be sponsoring at least one child each.

There has been so much criticisms about your unusual fashion, how do you cope?

My style is unique, classy, sexy and glamourous. I can't give up on my style no matter what anyone says. A fashion icon will always be a fashion icon. I'm a fashion Icon I'm happy to be. It's not something I learnt, it's something I've been doing as a little child. It gives me joy. Fortunately, I have my own clothing line. D'Bling Diamond (DBD) Clothing. So it's me. I'm going to be there forever as an Icon.

A lot of people believe you are just copying Lady Gaga, do you agree?

Well, I don't know. I'm just being myself. But if they think I'm copying Lady Gaga, that's a good thing.

How long have you been in the industry?

Yes. I started modelling at sixteen. I modelled for Modela. I was in many TV commercials for numerous corporate bodies before I went into movies in 1992. My first experience with acting was a stage play with Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD). I know most of the older people than the new ones but many young people may think I'm new in the industry.

Most of my friends are people like Zaaki Adzzay, Majek Fashek, Charley Boy. Maybe I'm yet to 'blow' after all these years but I think I've never stopped being in people's faces. I'm always relevant.

What kind of music do you play?

I do rap, Hip-hop and Dancehall.

What's your definition of style and how do you come up with your ensemble?

Fashion must be unique. I'm a very creative person. I love my Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo etc and I have my own label. It's not hard for me at all. Now I experiment more with my own designs.

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