Ade (pronounced A-DEE) Samuel: Nigeria's-finest Celebrity Stylist
by Darralynn Hutson
Known for styling some of the biggest acts in music (including Big Sean and Jhene) and now film & television (including , Yara Shahidi, Yvonne Orji and Letitia Wright); Ade Samuels was never OK with playing in the background. Her time honing her crafts, developing right relationships, and making the right clients happy has landed her in the top sought after list of fashion stylists. Ade Samuels is a regular at the annual Essence Women in Hollywood luncheon, this year because her new and latest client Yvonne Orji is hosting and the outfit had to be just right in front of a room of influential black women of Hollywood. The two women have a lot in common, both are Nigerian and both have a very opinionated about their style. “I love working with Yvonne because she already comes in with the direction of where she wants to go. She has that confidence that makes any ensemble sparkle,” says Ade.
Ade was introduced to the world of style while matriculating as an intern at Conde’ Nest’ Teen Vogue. “I just love playing with clothes, feeling the texture and building an ensemble from scratch,” says Ade. “I’ve learned how to do this job with 100% consistency and efficiency. That’s why, I believe, people gravitate towards wanting to work with me. Most recently she styled the March 2018 issue of Essence Magazine with the lead characters of Black Panther in a duo cover with all women and then all men. The cover broke the internet being posted hundreds of thousands of times during the extended promotions behind the films success.
Letting her achievements do the talking, Nigerian born, Ade Samuel is making moves both here and in the diaspora. Last week Angela Rye walked the red carpet for Richard Lawson and Tina Knowles Lawson’s 2nd Annual Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles. Styled from head to toe by Ade, Rye wore an elegant yet, Wakanda-themed dress designed by the Queene Collection just for the occasion. “I trust the Ade will come through with a show stopper every time,” says Angela.