‘Being a beauty queen has opened doors for me’

Roseline Tinuola Ogunyale is the fourth and last born in her family. An Accountant by profession, this great beauty had come top in many beauty pageants as well as featured in several movies. In this interview with Adaeze Amos, she speaks about her ideal man, and many more.

You were the ‘Miss Oodua 2012’, what did the beauty pageant stand for?

Miss Oodua Beauty Pageant is a trademark of Okoh Efua, filed in on January 5, 2006. The pageant covers promotional services comprising beauty pageant, displaying of a website for public awareness on culture and tradition, advertisement for goods and services. But the pageant is mostly based on the promotion of our culture and tradition in Yoruba which enlightens the youth about their heritage, language and ethnic stock.

Oodua beauty crown must have brought you into the limelight; how have you been managing it?

Indeed, the beauty crown brought much fame to me and I have been able to manage it well without losing focus on my goals. At first, it was a bit difficult for me because I lost a lot of friends and gained a lot of them too. There were places I couldn’t go and certain people I wasn’t expected to mingle with. I had so many temptations here and there. But as a God-fearing person and devoted Christian, I was able to keep my calm and focus. I coped pretty well. My parents were there for me and they are still there to guide me.

Was your boyfriend also there for you?

Yes, the wonderful man in my life was there for me and he is still there. He is understanding and helpful.

What are the benefits of the beauty crowns you have won?

There are a lot of benefits. Since I won ‘Miss Oodua 2012’, different good doors have been opened for me. I have had easy access to things that would have taken a lot of time and energy. I meet with top officials and great traditional rulers in Nigeria. I must say it’s been of great advantage for me.

Do you intend to participate in international beauty pageants?

Not really, I don’t have such a plan now except if I get a good sponsor. But now I’m focusing on being a successful entrepreneur. I’m also working on my own beauty pageant which is coming up very soon. I have a good knowledge on how to run a beauty pageant. With good sponsors and God on my side, it would definitely be a success. It is going to be an international pageant featuring contestants from all over the world.

Have you ever regretted being a queen?

I haven’t because it has been a blessing and it changed my life in so many ways. I used to have a problem with not having privacy. But then, I got over it. I have no regrets at all and I thank God for that.

What are your beauty rituals?

I don’t really value external or physical beauty. When I say external beauty, I mean skin colour, shape, facial structure and so on. Hence what I strive for is to have internal beauty. That is being internally beautiful such as having a good heart, being kind, generous and loving. I indeed value internal beauty more because external beauty can fade. Internal beauty lasts forever. If everyone strives to have internal beauty, it would make the world a better place. But don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that it is wrong to take care of your outward appearance. You should try to be as tidy and clean as possible and be presentable at all times.

Who among the ex-beauty queens do you admire?

I admire two beauty queens and the first is our beloved Agbani Darego. She has done so well with her crown and I’m sure she is forever grateful for the opportunity. I know that Tyra Bank is an international beauty queen and runway model. I admire her as well, and I hope to be like her or even more than her in future. I honestly love strong women.

Do you think being a beauty queen is hindrance to getting a good husband?

Being a beauty queen is no hindrance to getting a good man or husband. Rather, unnecessary exposure or perhaps bad company can hinder a lady or beauty queen from getting married at the right time and to the right man.

Can you speak a little about your love life?

My love life is wonderful. I have the best man any woman can ever wish for. That is all I can say about him for now.

Are you a flamboyant dresser?

I’m not much of a flamboyant dresser. I feel more comfortable keeping it simple. This is because I have a flashy skin colour. Therefore, I try to keep it simple and classy.

What does it actually take to be a beauty queen?

Being a beauty queen is a lot more than a crown and sash. It’s about being a role model to people out there. Putting smiles on people’s faces, feeding the poor, helping the less privileged, educating the youth and making efforts to touch people’s souls positively. It may not really be a hundred or thousand souls. It could be just one soul that could become the one that would bring the change that is needed in the world.

What are the qualities of your ideal man?

My ideal man should be God-fearing but he doesn’t have to be a serious ‘born-again’ Christian. He has to be caring, humble, loving, sincere and compassionate. I’m not too particular about looks, size and all that. I just want an average-looking man. He has to be someone that puts smiles on my lips, especially when I’m sad. A man that would make me feel as if I’m the only one in the world. He has to be my best friend; I’m happy I have such a man in my life now.

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