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Nigerian, Thai and Chinese model Adesuwa meditates on what the world ought to look like in one hundred years

The Dazed Beauty Community is our ever-expanding encyclopaedia of creatives and emerging talent from across the world who are redefining the way we think about beauty. From supermodels to digital artists to makeup prodigies transforming themselves in their bedrooms, these are the beauty influencers of tomorrow who embody everything Dazed Beauty is about. Discover them here.

Adesuwa: the dreadlocked supermodel whose face we're all starting to know better than our own – partly because, of Nigerian, Thai and Chinese descent, she looks quite like no one else, and partly because, over the last half a decade, she's been everywhere. Having walked hundreds of shows, for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Yeezy and Louis Vuitton, Adesuwa has also been a face of Mui Mui, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs, and has spoken out about racism and other forms of discrimination in the modelling industry. In 2017, she wrote a piece in The Guardian about the politics of black hair, specifically how she was told her dreadlocks would hinder her career as a model. More recently, she has turned her hand to filmmaking, using the medium to exploring her Muslim heritage (although she was raised as a Buddhist).

Now 30 years old ("but I stopped counting after 19") Adesuwa says she hasn't had much time to stop and reflect on her career as a supermodel, which has been going since around 2010, but she is thinking more and more about how to use the clout she's gained from modelling in other areas of interest, like film and writing children's books (she's currently penning her first, called Akugbe). Vibrant and carefree, “confidence in yourself” is what beauty means to Adesuwa. "The beauty of 2018 is raw and unapologetic," she says, while the future of beauty looks like "no borders and a wildfire of hope."

What’s your favourite smell and why?
Any male-marketed odour; I think it smells different on females.

Describe your beauty aesthetic in three words.
Clean, a hint of seduction, and a lot of energy, ha!

And the three beauty products in your bag right this second?
Dior lip treatmentMAC cork lip liner, and rose water spray.

Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
Ponyo. Lil' thing was wild.

Who is your beauty icon and why?
Any Naomi Campbell look from the 90s. It wasn’t even the clothes – it was the attitude, the smirk… it’s fire

You’ve opted to be cryogenically frozen in hopes of continuing the human race. When you’re awoken it’ll be your responsibility to kick-start the breeding. How will you wear your hair on your first date? Would it matter? I’m earth's last option. Take me with my matted hair or else!

What do you think the world will look like in 100 years?
I think back to the basics with a hint of Black Mirror. Think it’ll be divided: old world and new world. Old world would be people who opt out of technology, and new one fully emerged. 

What is your fantasy future?
A sexy one! Utopia... but the adults all say that’s naive.

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