Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dimeji Alara Explains Resignation From Genevieve & Style Mania

Fashion enthusiast, Dimeji Alara recently announced his resignation from Genevieve Magazine, a brand he has represented since late 2013.

He previously worked with Style Mania magazine which he co-founded with photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi before his resignation and eventual sojourn with Genevieve Magazine.
Dimeji has been profiled in the November 2015 issue of Made Edit magazine and he explained why he resigned from both Genevieve Magazine and Style Mania magazine.

On his resignation from Genevieve Magazine
"The truth is, I love being alive. And I love feeling free. So if I 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 very 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.
When you reach that point where you feel you are not giving your best, you have to take a step back, take a deep breath and look inwards, at least till you can figure out yourself and put your mind back on track. People expect you to create magic, which isn’t possible if your mind is not at the right place.
That said, I did have the opportunity to work with some amazing people at Genevieve, people I’m still very much in touch with till today, and I’m very grateful for that. I had a very understanding publisher too, even though we didn't always agree."

On his controversial resignation from Style Mania in 2013
Well, I believe if every choice you make comes from an honest place, you are good, and nothing anyone says about you can rock you or change you. I have never spoken publicly about this before, but 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. At the end of the day, nobody dies with anything; we will all leave everything behind.
We have a choice about how we take what happens to us in our lives and whether or not we allow it to turn us into monsters. We can become consumed by hate and darkness, or we are able to regain our humanity somehow, or come to terms with things and learn something about ourselves.

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