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Celebrity Blogger Shei Funmi makes the cover of Ladybrille Magazine’s December Holiday Edition as its ‘Man of the Month.’ The edition celebrates the spirit of the Holiday and those who give back to their local and global communities.
In the exclusive interview to be published on Wednesday December 8th, 2010 on the Magazine’s website (Ladybrillemag.com), the nineteen year old rising media personality opens up, for the first time, about being raped by his male cousin when he was only 10years old.
“Being raped by my cousin at ten had a devastating effect on me,” said Funmi. “I have struggled to overcome the emotional pain and kept the devastating experience to myself all these years. But after a friend of mine who went through a similar experience recently committed suicide, I knew I could no longer keep it to myself. I hope to encourage others who have gone through this to realize they are not alone and to seek help,” added Funmi. “The Ladybrille platform because of its credibility and respect for the people it features felt like the safest place to tell my story.”The Ladybrille ‘Man of the Month’ is a monthly feature on the online magazine which celebrates outstanding men, locally and internationally, for their brilliant contributions to society. Ladybrille magazine was founded in 2007 to de-stigmatize the negative images of Africans by exposing its youthful, urban and explosive fashion and entertainment industries to the Western masses.
The magazine also has a ‘Woman of the Month’ feature with a parallel mission. Making the cut for this month’s ‘Woman of the Month’ is Busie Matsiko-Andan a change agent, co-founder of the popular Fashionindie.com website and an executive at The Global Syndicate non-profit organization.
“It’s an honor, humbling, and very exhilarating to closeout the year as Ladybrille Woman of the month!” said Matsiko-Andan. “I’m thrilled and buoyant that the struggle continues for greater horizons!”
The Holiday Edition also features 15 African Breakout Artists of the Year including Nneka (Nigeria), Ice Prince (Nigeria), X.O Senavoe (Ghana), Jojo (Gabon) , Navio (Uganda) and Diamond (Tanzania), Ladybrille’s Best of the Best New Designers, Accessory designers Yemisii and Adjanie.
About Ladybrille Magazine
Founded in 2007 by fashion model, attorney and journalist Uduak Oduok, Ladybrille® Magazine, a subsidiary of Ladybrille Media Inc., is a fusion of WWD, Vogue and ESSENCE with a very distinct African perspective.
The Magazine, which primarily targets both the contemporary African woman in the West and the fashion and pop-culture globally conscious Western woman, has served as a platform for exclusive and/in-depth interviews for many brilliant personalities worldwide. They include: Project Runway’s Korto Momolu, Singers Ayo, Mariah Carey, Common and D’Banj, Rapper M.I, Breast Cancer Survivor Maimah Karmo, popular Nigerian blogger Uche Eze (both featured on Oprah), Derrick Ashong (Host on Oprah Radio) and Supermodels Iman and Oluchi.
The Magazine’s recognition as a pioneer and relevant authority in its niche market has meant media powerhouse like CNN, consulting giant McKinsey and numerous high profile personalities and individuals have sought and/regularly seek it as the authority on all things “Africhic.”