I Flopped Real bad

You can laugh at me all you want.

I don’t mind.

I’ll still share this with you.

Back then in primary school, I partook in a pageantry.

And guess what.

I flopped.

I flopped real bad.

My first mistake was wearing trousers and a jacket 

Who does that?

When other contestants wore nice dinner dresses?

I wore a two-piece trouser and jacket my aunt sent from the UK to me then.

I didn’t have any other thing to wear.

After appearing in my traditional attire, when it was time to appear in my dinner dress, I emerged with trousers that didn’t even fit properly.

It didn’t fit properly because my ass was so flat that when breeze blew,

My trousers waved like a flag.

I know you may be wondering why I would wear such to a pageantry.

I’ll tell you why.


It’s because my parents at that point didn’t get me the best dress for the contest.

Perhaps they didn’t think it important.

Or maybe they really couldn’t afford to.

And it hurt.

I was beautiful, slim and tall.

Adults then called me “Face of Africa”.

But a little opportunity to prove the beauty queen in me in something as little as a primary school contest, 

I flopped.

But you know what?

I didn’t flop because of my outfit.

I flopped because I lacked the confidence to rock my outfit.

I was intimidated by what my mates wore.

And when it was time for me to sashay to the stage and answer questions, I faltered.

The audience could see that my voice reeked of shyness.

The MC even had to ask me to “speak up” despite the fact that I was speaking into a microphone.

I cried when I left the stage.

I blamed my parents for not buying me a good dress for the pageantry.

But what my eight-year-old mind failed to understand then was that…

My failure was my fault.

Because I lacked self-confidence.

How many times do you look at people’s pictures and say in your mind, “Wow!”?

Can’t count?


How many times have you turned back while walking on the road to admire someone who walked past you?

Still can’t count?

I myself can’t count because I do this every time I come across a beautiful picture on social media

Or a beautiful person on the road.

And I figured out something:

It goes beyond their beauty.

It goes beyond their personal style.

It’s the self-confidence they exude that makes you and me stop to applaud them in our hearts.

I hope you get today’s style lesson?

Always add a dose of self-confidence to whatever you do.

Whether you’re simply dressing up to attend an event.

Or you’re dressing up to perform.

Be self-confident.

And wear a smile too.

Irrespective of the fashion tips you practise, 

If you don’t look confident in what you wear,

People will ask you why you wore it in the first place.

I woke up very hungry today.

And it’s past 1 pm yet I haven’t eaten.

I’ll leave you now.

But don’t forget to remain kosher while I go look for something to eat.

The Writer who knows how to do Fashion,

Victoria Willie

Creative Director, Ria Kosher

P.S: Would you like to always appear confident in whatever you wear but don’t know exactly how to go about it?

That’s not a problem.

I’ve explained everything in an article on Ria Kosher’s sister website, Svelte Magazine.

Read how to dress confidently.

And have a beautiful day!

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