Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been on several magazine covers and features over the years. Last year, she was on Elle India – this deserves a special mention because it was beautiful and I really loved the feature. She was also one of the FORCES OF CHANGE for British Vogue this year. If you thought she was done gracing us with her features then you thought wrong.
She was featured in Vogue Korea as #TodaysVogueWoman and everything about the feature was lovely. The vibrant colours, the vintage fashion, the insightful things she said and the laughter when she talked about what maybe delaying her next novel!
I did well to transcribe all of it for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
On Women Solidarity:
I think it is really important for women to support one another. My friendship with women, the support I get from women has been central in my life. I really don’t think I will be who I am today If I didn’t have the love and support of women. And not just women in my family, I have a very close knit circle of women friends. I just think It’s important for women to support one another because our experiences are similar across the world.
On Being A Mother:
So becoming a mother has brought an incredible amount of joy into my life. I have experienced the kind of love that I just didn’t know existed. But I also no longer own my time and I think it is really the most significant change that has happened to me since I had a child, that in some ways I have to to consider her all the time – everything I do – and so my time no longer belongs to me.
On We Should All Be Feminists:
I think there’s been a lot of progress. I think that in the past seven years there’s been more women, particularly young women who identify as feminist than who did not seven years ago. I think feminism is becoming part of the global conversation in a way that it wasn’t seven years ago and so I feel very optimistic.
On the MeToo Movement:
World domination (laughs). That’s the ideal next next step. But I think the real, more practical next step is that the MeToo movement has done a lot but I think there’s still more to be done and women still need to feel that they can tell their stories and be believed and also that they shouldn’t expect to have backlash. I think there’s still a lot left to do in the MeToo Movement.
On Fashion & Feminism:
I spend way too much time thinking about what to wear. That’s a problem because (Laughs)…Because it means I haven’t finished my novel. No. I think for me, fashion is joyous and joyful and it’s really about me wearing what I like. I’m not interested in what is supposed to be fashionable or a trend. If I like it, I wear it. And for me as well, fashion is a way of sort-of putting on the armour with which I face the world. When I’m well dressed in general, when I like what I’m wearing, I just generally feel better and more confident and more willing to go out into the world and do my work.
Watch the full clip below.