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Barking mum releases book about faith and body image in the beauty industry

PUBLISHED: 19:00 25 October 2018

Wumi Oyewole, whose new book looks at the relationship between faith, body and the beauty industry. Picture: Wumi Oyewole/Facebook

Wumi Oyewole, whose new book looks at the relationship between faith, body and the beauty industry. Picture: Wumi Oyewole/Facebook

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A mum from Barking has written a book about body image.

After struggling with her body image for years, Wumi Oyewole, who lives in Essex Road, said she wants to share her experiences.

At a panel event on Friday, she’ll be discussing her book, as well as leading a talk about the relationship between body image, social media and leadership.

“I struggled in my own image for a long time,” the 51-year-old said.

“I struggled with my bum – I’m of Nigerian descent, and I have a more rounded figure.

“But bodies are different due to our origins. I want to say, we’re different, but we need to embrace ourselves.”

Through writing her book, her first on the subject, Wumi discovered that only 12 per cent of mature women are satisfied with their body image.

“For me, I think it was maturity that made me accept my body,” the mum of two said.

“We need to accept that some things we can change, and some we can’t. It’s a process of growth.”

While the book covers the negative aspects of body image, like eating disorders and skin bleaching, it also looks at the relationship between religion and beauty.

“I’m a Christian, so I wanted to bring in faith,” Wumi said.

“I talk about the story of Esther in the Bible, who was praised for her beauty. I talk about whether God has a place in the beauty industry.”

At Friday’s panel, Wumi will touch on some of the subjects in her book, as well as looking at the role of beauty in the workplace. Together with authors Doyin Olorunfemi and Kemi Oyesola, Neusa Catoja, a wellbeing coach, and Ola Oshin, an image consultant, they’ll look at whether appearance matters for women in leadership.

“We’ll be looking at women like Michelle Obama, who changed the way she dressed when she was in a position of leadership,” Wumi said.

“We’ll look at the role of appearance when you’re a leader, especially for women of colour.”

Wumi’s book, Woman: A Radiant Masterpiece, officially launches next week, and can be bought here. The free panel will take place at Barking Learning Centre from 11am to 2.30pm. Register online here.

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