Celebrated editor and stylist Dimeji Alara bared skin for Made Magazine while baring his soul for the first time about his recent resignation as the editor of Genevieve and his 2013 departure from StyleMania.

For the cover shot Dimeji Alara was photographed by Lakin Ogunbanwo wearing a piece from menswear designer Tokyo James’ Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

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On his resignation

“The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free. If you can’t have those things, then I feel like a caged animal, and I’d rather not be in a cage. It’s tough as a creative person to give your best when you have little time to create, especially when your work becomes commercial and people expect you to constantly churn out your best every month. As a creative person, you do need time to vet your ideas, love and hate them, scrap and come up with something else. I barely had that time at Genevieve, everything was moving so fast, and I was dealing with exhaustion. I started hating everything I created and couldn’t even stand the sight of it. And for me I believe that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. ”

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On his exit from StyleMania

“Kelechi and I had our differences, we had our disagreements, a lot of things happened. It wasn’t just one thing, things kept piling up, and it got to a stage I had to tell myself just to let go. You need to always know when it’s time to walk away, even when it’s painful and challenging.”

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On South African and Nigerian fashion

“South Africans are still much ahead. They understand the business more than we do in Nigeria… But we are getting there and we are on the right track.”

Read the full interview over at Made Edit.

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