- Who is Freddy Angel?
I am a woman who has lived in Paris for 16years. Originally from Cameroon, but I spent my childhood in France and Switzerland. I now work in the fashion industry in Paris. I used to model for different brands and organizations. I am a senior special adviser in Dolce and Gabbana; I organize events and style up the events, style up celebrities and ambassadors.
- What is your educational background and your journey so far?
I arrived in France when I was 2 years old. I intended to be a lawyer but dropped out of school because I didn’t have enough money to further my education. I had to find another life then I became a sales assistant at Galeries Lafayette store. It was great to meet English people. Then I used to work for Versace, Dolce and Gabbana and after a short while, I started modelling. I lost my mother in 2012 which made things very hard for me that I had to go back to Dolce and Gabbana as a sales assistant and had to do everything around fashion.
- What inspires you?
My mother really inspired peace; she was a really strong woman who did everything by herself in life. She had nothing but wanted the best for me and my siblings. Now I am a mother so I know what it takes to be a single mother. Women like Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey also inspire me a lot because they are women who started with nothing but today, they are at the top. My goal and mission are to always share my experience with people like me who don’t have people to help them to achieve their aim, also I want to be able to give all to my child just as my mother did for me.
- Which other women inspire you in fashion?
Naomi Campbell; because in this industry as a black woman it is so changeling. She has stood out till date, working on herself to be who she is till today.
- What are your style and approach to getting work done?
I am a very simple person. I get things done in a simple and humble way. I try to listen for as much as I can I work hard and smart too, I always want the best for everyone in my team so I have to run around to get thing done for myself and for the crew and also the designers.
- What are your best practices for success in life?
God. I pray a lot, God is in front of everything in life for me, you have to pray a lot and as well trust in yourself also. Find people who trust in you to join your team.
- What is your religion?
- You have worked on big projects as a creative/art director, how is managing big events for you like?
Africa Fashion Week is what we are doing is to promote Africa fashion brands, so we try to bring Africa to one of the best places in the world which is the UNESCO HQ. When people see or hear about it, they can see and feel the beauty of Africa.
So, to work in this kind of event you have to work with the best guys in the industry because you can’t do it alone. I try to take energy from everyone in my team and bring it to work. I take people as the best resource I have. I also thank Lexy Mojo-eyes who trusts me with such event and gives me the key to do everything. Directing and managing an event is like mixing a cocktail, you bring different things together to form a good taste.
I actually modelled for UNESCO Africa fashion reception in 2014 before I became the art director.
- What is the most beautiful experience you have had in your career?
It is working with Dolce and Gabbana because I started as a sales assistant and got to the highest level in Europe and 15th in the world. It is incredible because it is really hard to get to that level not to talk of a black woman. I saw everything about Dolce and Gabbana and I was applauded by the directors. I see myself and I am happy.
- How do you feel being an inspiration for other African women who are starting out?
When I started, I said to myself I can’t do it because I will come back home and cry. Some people didn’t want to work with me, sometimes I only got 1% of my target but thanks to my managers who continually pushed me. During the award celebration where we got the award, I saw people coming different designers to receive their awards but I was putting on my African attire and a lot of them where looking at me asking who black lady was.
- How do you communicate to people, how open are you to your clients?
The first thing I do is to smile. I get to familiarize with the clients by taking care of them. Afterwards, I bring my work in.
- How do you balance your work together from sales/management/Art/Luxury?
- Organization is the first thing because we only have 24hours, giving the proper direction and assign tasks to the team. Also, you must love what you do, if you love what you do you will find way around it.
- Is there anything you won’t do or you are open to every opportunity?
I can’t do nudes. I actually model for cosmetic brand so what they need is the face
- What do you do for fun?
I love to have a good time with family, go to the restaurants, listen to music, cook and I read a lot and of course travel to Africa.
- How do you see yourself progressing in all of these things you do?
I don’t know because every year I do different and different opportunities come. I will really love to work with humanities like traveling to Africa to support people who have cancer because I lost my mom to cancer. I know one day I will be able to give back to the community in a big way.
- What does the African Identity mean to you?
Culture, Root, History.
- What do you have to say for everyone around the world?
My advice to for us to rest well and relax because everything is going to be fine. A lot of people are dying so you have to try to reach out to people and tell them you love them because you don’t know what tomorrow holds.