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Last year, Chimamanda shared her philosophy on make up and cosmetics with the British-Zimbabwean actress Thandie Newton. If you missed it, read it {HERE}.

This time, in a Q&A with ELLE magazine, she shares a good bit on eating healthy, shoes, her obsession with hair blogs, and, of course, her novels and the writing life. 

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Apparently, Adichie isn’t a fan of the idea that  “women who [want] to be taken seriously [are] supposed to substantiate their seriousness with a studied indifference to appearance.” A woman does not have to despise fashion to be taken seriously. So it’s not surprising that, as the Elle magazine writer puts it, Chimamanda “unapologetically loves clothes.”

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Chimamanda doing her hair

 

“Do you dress for other people?”

I’ve just spent a few weeks in my ancestral hometown, [Aba, in Anambra State] which is quite conservative, and I don’t dress there as I would dress in Lagos or in London or in New York. I find myself looking for more conservative things to wear—but I quite enjoy it. I want to look in the mirror and like what I see, and increasingly it doesn’t matter so much to me what other people think of what I’m wearing.

On what it being called a feminist means to her: 

It means that I am present in the world, and that I realize that there is a problem with the way we’ve constructed gender. The expectations on women that most of the world subscribes to—I don’t think we are born with them. I think we create them. I want a world where men and women have equal opportunities. I want a world in which the idea of a man being with man, and a woman being with a woman, doesn’t cause a form of obstruction to anything that they want to achieve in their life.

 On Loving hair blogs

This is actually the reason I’m not getting much writing done, because I spend too much time on hair blogs! It’s ridiculous. And then there’s the YouTube channels and I’m just watching all these women who are like, ‘I’ve just discovered a new Shea butter!’ [laughs] It’s hilarious.

“Do you like to cook?”

When I’m in a good mood I like to cook. But I don’t like saying it in public because I find myself being resentful of the idea; “Now you will make a good wife. You can cook, right?” So when people ask me I go, “No, I don’t like cooking!”

I could eat lentils for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I like fresh salads. My brothers think I’m a bit of an Americanized health nut. This is not true—I just think people should eat well.

“You split your time between Nigeria and the US—is one more of a home than the other?

Nigeria is where my best shoes are, and to me that’s a sign of where you really live. My favorite shoes are here.

Home is where my shoes are…Lol.

Read the full interview {HERE}