Ghanaian afro-pop artiste Noella Wiyaala has been one of Ghana’s standout musicians in recent years and her reputation has equally been growing across the globe.
The singer has been cited in the South China Morning Post, published in Hong Kong, as a role model for Chinese women to emulate.
Senior editor at the Post, Luisa Tam, praised Wiyaala’s attitude and her willingness to embrace who she is.
“Like Wiyaala, we must look deep inside ourselves and find out what makes us special, and then own it and wear it proudly. That’s individuality, and it’s cool to be one of a kind,” she wrote.
Luisa Tam was speaking on society’s traditional view of female beauty and the different ways people perceive beauty around the world.
She singled out South Korea, where many women have joined the #EscapeTheCorset movement, the latest in a series of feminist initiatives in the country.
Touching on the movement, she said: “The movement aims to detox society of the many harmful ideals of what it means to be feminine, and beautiful. It encourages women to escape the corset of traditional beauty standards, and instead come to accept and be proud of who they are.”
She hailed Wiyaala as a perfect role model for women to follow, saying the singer has always stood proud of what she is.
“Ghanaian pop star Noella Wiyaala, the self-proclaimed “Lioness of Africa”, was rejected three times by a television talent show. The reason? The executives said she wasn’t “feminine” enough for their show, Luisa Tam pointed out.
Wiyaala has previously stated that her view of beauty is different from what many modern ladies perceive it to be.
According to her, she would rather be herself rather than try to imitate the looks of the Beyoncés and Rihannas.
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