Adetutu Alabi, a Nigerian face model with tribal marks, opened up about how having tribal markings has affected her romantic relationships.
She said some men could not be with her in public so they meet with her at night, further lowering her self-esteem, while on the other hand, there are some clients who will not meet with her if she is not wearing makeup to cover her face.
“My tribal marks are my identity but I can never do it for my children. It has cost me lots of troubles especially while growing up but I have gotten over all that now”.
She further expressed how confident she is now, having become a tribal mark model. She told BBC News Yoruba that her marks have now made her stand out.
Alabi, who was followed on social media by Rihanna after she started the #TribalMarksChallenge on Instagram, calling on people to embrace their tribal markings, stated that it will bring her everlasting joy to collaborate with Rihanna.
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The tribal marks are part of the Yoruba Culture and are usually inscribed on the body or face by burning or cutting of the skin during childhood.