Big, bold and beautiful, Velma Williams is one lady who makes a statement with everything about her. Although, she claims not to be an addict, but it’s evident Velma Williams can’t live without fashion and her adorable blog, Fashion Rehab, is designed to cater to women who love fashion. Her interest primarily is to bring fashion closer to curvy women and women of all shapes and sizes.
St.Eve Magazine finally caught up with the lady who shares the same birthday with her father (July 25th) and got her talking on what inspires her, her life and her style. It’s fun to read.
St.Eve Magazine: What/Who inspired the creation of infashionrehab.com and what motivates you to keep going during the good and bad times?
Velma Williams: Well, my love for fashion was what inspired the creation of Fashion Rehab. I was in University at the time and I was in the process of finding my own style, and so far it has come a long way.
To be honest, its my readers that keep me going. When I get an email or an inbox on how I make being curvy look good or how I inspire them to be confident or when they ask for help on what to wear to a certain event. Those moments motivate me and make me want to go the extra mile.
St.Eve Magazine: If you were to start all over again, what would you do differently?
Velma Williams: Wow, hmmm I guess I would have been more open about the blog, and not make it as personal as I did because at the time, it was something I did for fun and I really didn’t want many people to know about it. I only started creating social media handles for it in 2013.
St.Eve Magazine: If you had to start your wardrobe from scratch, what 5 things would you go buy straight away?
Velma Williams: I don’t even need to think of this one. Being a shoe lover, I would get a killer pair of heels, one really cute flats. I pair of skinny jeans and a classic handbag for everyday (preferably color black), and a white Tee (shirt) with some colors, prints or drawing in the front.
St.Eve Magazine: If you ever go get a tattoo, what would it be and which part of your body would you have it on?
Velma Williams: I really wouldn’t know because tattoos are not my thing.
St.Eve Magazine: What kinds of clothes are in fashion now but which you could never see yourself wearing?
Velma Williams: It would have to be the wide bottom pants. I love them so much, but I know it wouldn’t look so good on me because I am really thick around the hips and thighs. I haven’t tried it yet, but it won’t be as flattering as it looks on someone with a smaller frame. I’ll just stick to my skinny jeans *laughs*
St.Eve Magazine: What is the weirdest piece of clothing you ever worn?
Velma Williams: omg, I really don’t want to talk about it. Lol. I can’t really say there was a specific piece that was weird, it was how I paired certain pieces. It was during my high school days. I was a little confused because I was a tomboy but at the same time I loved looking girly so when I look back at some of my pictures, I just laugh and thank God for taste and knowing what works for me now.
St.Eve Magazine: What type of clothing/shoes/hair style used to be trendy but no longer is, and which you would love to have back?
Velma Williams: The amazing thing about fashion is every style has a time it will be trending. I love the floral and the ripped denim trend. Also Coloured hair is still in but not as much as before, it’s a trend I really want to try on the side. I think is quite fun.
St.Eve Magazine: Describe your style in five words.
Velma Williams: Girly, colourful, fun and sometimes classy. I only have 4 words *laughs*
St.Eve Magazine: What would you wear to meet royalty or the President of Nigeria?
Velma Williams: I would keep it fun and classy. I would wear a fitted African print dress with bright colours that would stop below the knee and I would pair it with yellow pumps or high heel sandals. Then I would put my hair up in a bun.
St.Eve Magazine: What two lessons have life taught you that you would tell a younger you?
Velma Williams: Always follow your instincts, and not to worry about the future, because it isn’t looking bad at all.