Fast rising Nollywood actress, Beverly Naya, is known for turning heads at red carpet events. She tells RealFlowz about her fashion style.
What were your early days like?
Both my parents are British; my mother was actually born there. I
was born and raised in London. Growing up was fun for me. I am an only
child, so it was relatively quiet. It was not really boring for me
because I have a lot of cousins, they are more than 20. I cannot even
count. I always found myself hanging out with them because a lot of
them live in London and in America, so there is always something to do.
Why did you decide to come to Nigeria?
I came to Nigeria because I love acting and the country has a
thriving industry, Nollywood. It provides me with the opportunity to
act as often as possible. That is the main reason.
Have you ever faced sexual harassment in the industry?
There was no sexual harassment for me, not at all. I have not
experienced it and I do not think I ever will. My experience since
getting into Nollywood has been a positive one. I was fortunate enough
to work with veteran actors and directors as well. I think I have had a
good experience and it can only get better. I like to have a good
rapport with everybody I’m working with. I like to be professional to
the core. Most of the directors and producers I have worked with have a
really good relationship with my mother. She is my manager. So, that
helped the situation a great deal. They all respect my mother and we
all have a family type of relationship, so to them, I am like a little
How is it working with your mother?
It is fun working with her. Sometimes, it feels like I am on my toes
because I just don’t want to disappoint my mother or parents in anyway.
Because I am an adult and I have my way of doing things, then maternal
instinct and mummy would be like ‘no I don’t think this is
appropriate’, so that could clash with what I have to do. I don’t pay
her, but I spoil my mother. She wants a holiday, massage, anything she
wants she gets. So far as I can get it for her, it is hers. I
appreciate her a lot. I am a mummy’s girl.
How do you come up with outfits for an event?
I like to stand out. I like to look nice; I always say I don’t just
want to turn heads, I want to break necks. With that in mind, whatever
I wear has to look nice. It has to be captivating and attract people in
the right way. That is basically how I come up with my looks. I also
work with some fashion designers who are always ready to style me and
make sure I look my best at any event. The glittering dresses I wore
were April by Kunbi. That is her signature. Whenever you see me wearing
something that is slightly glittery or something like that, it is most
likely an April by Kunbi gown.
How long does it take you to dress up?
Well, I think of the dress I’ll wear for an event two weeks before
the date. I have to know what I am wearing like two weeks before. If I
include taking my bath, getting dressed and doing make-up, I’ll say
that takes me about two hours. I am not vain but it is necessary to
look good. Looking at the mirror to asses myself takes about two
Did you see yourself as a beautiful person while growing up?
I got bullied a lot as a kid. I was an ugly duckling. I never
thought I was pretty, I never felt pretty. I got bullied around during
that time. I blossomed when I was 17 years old. All of a sudden, I had
this attention coming from the opposite sex like I had never received
before, like boys having crushes on me. It is a contrast coming from
the fact that when you are young, nobody really appreciates you. It has
made me become who I am today. Maybe that is why I am so confident when
I step out on the red carpet or why I am so fashion conscious today.
You know what it is to be bullied for most of your formative years. It
is not easy. I think that is probably why I love kids so much;
sometimes, they do not say what they are thinking. There are kids out
there that are being bullied and I love kids to open up to me,
teenagers and kids alike. We can be friends and I’ll always be there
for them. I can be a mentor to them, in that regards I am there for
Who was the first guy you had a crush on?
It was when I was in college. He was really handsome, tall dark
skinned and had the most beautiful eyes. I am blushing by just
remembering him. He was very very handsome. That was my first real
crush. We talked and ended up being in a relationship, so it worked out
just fine. My first celebrity crush however was Sisquo. I had the
biggest crush on Sisquo when I was young. The crush is dead now. When I
think about it, I want to throw up. There is no crush for him now; I
don’t feel anything at all. Before, it was really bad. I had about 300
posters of him. It was really bad. I don’t even know how my crush got
How do you cope with advances from men?
It is always flattering just to be appreciated for your looks or
your talent but I don’t let it get to my head at all. It bugs me when
the man is too persistent. I have had some experiences, situations
where the man would ask for my number, I would say I wasn’t
unavailable. They say please I would really like to get to know you and
I say I have a boyfriend and they say ‘you do, but can I get to know
you anyway?’ Men need to understand that ‘no’ means ‘no.’ I am not
trying to be disrespectful; it is just me trying to move on with my
life without you, nothing personal.
What is your fashion weakness?
I love shoes. I have a pair of shoes that just came out; I saw them
on Rihanna and I just had to have them. That is about my most expensive
pair of shoes, it was made by Louboutin. It has a bright electric blue
colour and they cost over £1,000. I have never worn them. I doubt if
I’ll ever wear them because they are so hard to wear. They are bright
blue, electric blue and it it’ll be difficult to pair that with an
outfit. So, I have never worn them for that reason. You may call it a
waste of money; at least I know Rihanna has it.
What are the fashion errors that irk you?
I hate camel toes. I hate when a girl wears leggings and they are
too tight and then you see a camel toe. That is really an eyesore and I
don’t like it. Especially when the leggings are really bright, that
makes it worse.
Did you and Uti ever date?
We are not dating. Uti and I are nothing more than just friends. My
boyfriend did not like the rumours. He did not find it funny. You
cannot just be in a relationship and your lover is reading things like
that about you with somebody else. Jealousy will definitely set in
because he is romantically linked with you and nobody would appreciate
that. You really have to prove that really there is nobody else except
that person you are with.
Describe your dream man
My dream man should be basically tall, handsome, ambitious, God-fearing and knows how to treat a woman.
What is your selling point?
If it is physically, I do not know but I get compliments on my eyes
and my lips a lot. So, I’ll say maybe that is what it is, but I don’t
know. I’m a very good kisser though.