Photographer Paul Ukonu has been showcasing true African beauties in his Bedroom Series with the first edition (The Bond Issue) featuring ex-beauty queen turned sing and rapper, Munachi Abii and the second editon (The Embittered Lover) featuring Nigerian designer of the Vonne Couture brand, Yvonne Nwosu.
His third edition of the “Bedroom Series” features model and presenter Daala Oruwari in what is being tagged the “Iyawo” edition.
Describing the setting behind the pictures, Paul Ukonu states, “Her skin, dark and shiny like the crude oil from her home town. Her faced carved to fine detail like the masks at her village’s shrine. She is modern, she is ancient. She is the new African woman, a renaissance of the natural allure of daughters of Africa. She toils from dusk to dawn. When she gets home she removes her garments and rolls on the sheets, her soft body caressing the padded mattress. She wants to sleep, and let the cool breeze massage her aching parts, but she can’t. One more deed must be done tonight, pound yam for her husband.”
Photography: Paul Ukonu
Model: Daala Oruwari
Story: Ayomide Tayo
Makeup by: Daala Oruwari