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Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by mitchyy(f): 2:36pm On Dec 17, 2012
GISTville


Popular Nigerian Model Barbara Juliano has seen it all in the modelling world. Yes, indeed. She walks with a gait that promptly tells you she was born to be a model.

She is about six feet tall, slim but fleshy in the right places and possesses that unusual look of models.

In a recent interview, she talks about how it all started, her education, life as a model and her shoe company.

She reveals: “I started modelling in Paris at 17 while on holidays with a close friend. I was still in school then. He was a model and I used to accompany him to modelling agencies for casting.

I gradually joined in the model castings, did a few commercials on a part time basis and before I knew it, by 18, I was already a full time model. I did more jobs abroad than in Nigeria, modelling in London, Paris and Italy.

“I featured in quite a number of television commercials, editorial and magazine shoots for several high end products like Olay, Diesel jeans, Dolce and Gabbana, Lux etc. After giving in my all to modelling for 15 years, I gradually began my slow descent. This I did from 2005 through 2008 when I finally stopped. Then, I faced my shoe business.”

Explaining her decision for venturing into the retail of high end shoes, Barbara who runs Rose Barbara, a shoe company in Lagos, says it was borne out of a passion. Moreover, she considers modelling to go hand-in-hand with the art of wearing accessories.

“I believe that there is no modelling without shoes. No model goes on the runway barefooted. Their feet are always encased most times in stilettos which help to give one the needed gait. Oftentimes, the shoes are an advertisement on their own. So, I didn’t just start selling shoes, I became a personal shopper because people trusted my judgment on items that I picked out for them. That was after I stopped modelling.

“I am very particular about what I retail, I can tell the history of each pair of designer shoes that I retail. The modelling world really helped me to have a better understanding of what shoes are all about. My love for shoes knows no bounds. I collect shoes and I personally have a minimum of 200 pairs! That is how bad my obsession for shoes is. My husband sees my interest in the shoe business as an opportunity to acquire more pairs for myself and I don’t think he is far from the truth.”

Aside the shoe business, she has since diversified into luxurious hair retailing and also runs an African restaurant in London.

Born 37 years ago, Juliano who hails from Ikong, Cross River State, recalls her growing up years was fun filled especially as it spanned three cities— Cross Rivers State, Paris and Italy.

“Memories of my days in Cross Rivers State, especially during the holidays are so deeply etched that I sometimes crave for them. We would go to Obudu cattle ranch to have fun; horse riding, mountain climbing, and watch the water falls etc. My parents are avid believers in fun filled holidays.”

Turning out to be a success at her numerous ventures didn’t come to her on a platter of gold as she did have her trying period in her early days as a model.

“I dropped out from the University of Calabar, where I had enrolled to study Sociology. That was two years to my graduating year. I wanted to face my modelling career squarely,” she reminisces.

But with a father, who is a medical doctor and a mother who is an English graduate from Oxford University, didn’t she face stiff opposition at home?

She replies: “Nigeria is one country with people who are very particular about paper qualifications. Naturally, there was an outcry when I took that decision. My parents were to say the least, miffed at my action. I was strongly opposed but I was hell bent on pursuing a modelling career because that was what I loved and wanted to do at that time.

“I did all I could to assuage their feelings by constantly showing them my finished works. I wanted to prove that I had retained my decency while still modelling. But they had their beliefs and concluded that I was fooling around. It took a while before they finally came around to give me their blessings. I am persuaded that modelling is innate because even as a little child, the traits were very evident in me. I sometimes wonder where I got the passion for modelling from considering my background. My other family members are known for being quite cerebral. Ironically, my younger sister is now toeing my path.”

Now, she is in her parents’ shoes and feels what they felt many years back. Now, older and wiser, she constantly insists that her younger sister completes her education even as she (Barbara) also plans to complete her education.

“I have to, it isn’t like I need it right away but I will definitely. I believe I owe it to myself. When I decide to, it will be in a streamlined course in luxury management since that is my area of core competence,” she explains.

Barbara would tell you she prefers white men whenever issues of romance are raised.

“I prefer white men because I think they are more loving and respectful to women. I was once married to a French man for eight years but it didn’t work out. Now, I am married to the love of my life— an Italian. I have been with my husband for four years but we have been married for two years with a daughter. We met in Milan, Italy. He is a very understanding and humble person and I consider myself a very lucky woman to have him as a husband.”

Asked if she has any plan to give back to society through mentorship, Barbara quips that is no longer on her plate. At least currently but could be considered in the near future.

“I once imparted knowledge from my wealth of experience to young up and coming models while I was still a model and even set up an academy called, Amazon Modelling Academy. I shut down when I stopped modelling,” she says.

Models are considered stylish. Not far from one, she defines her style as unique but corrects that, “I will never be caught dead in a mini skirt or dress!”

She is a designer freak too. Hear her collection: “For shoes, I currently love Zannoti, Valentino and Cavalli. I am not very particular about the designers of the dresses I wear, as long as they are beautiful dresses.

For bags, it is Channel and Birkins. Oh! I love bags too and I have lost count of the regular bags that I have. I do have about 14 high end bags like Hermes Birkins, Channels etc. In fact, I once spent €68,000 for a hand bag. After shoes, my fashion fetish is bags.”

Her life’s philosophy is simple: Respect for people and loyalty. “Sometimes I wish I didn’t have friends having gone through some disappointments in life with friends”, she concludes.

Source: http://gistville.com/2012/12/i-once-spent-n14million-on-a-handbag-nigerian-model-barbara-juliano/
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Tsmooth1(m): 2:50pm On Dec 17, 2012
Wetin come concern me?

Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Paulipopor: 2:56pm On Dec 17, 2012
mitchyy: GISTville


Popular Nigerian Model Barbara Juliano has seen it all in the modelling world. Yes, indeed. She walks with a gait that promptly tells you she was born to be a model.

She is about six feet tall, slim but fleshy in the right places and possesses that unusual look of models.

In a recent interview, she talks about how it all started, her education, life as a model and her shoe company.

She reveals: “I started modelling in Paris at 17 while on holidays with a close friend. I was still in school then. He was a model and I used to accompany him to modelling agencies for casting.

I gradually joined in the model castings, did a few commercials on a part time basis and before I knew it, by 18, I was already a full time model. I did more jobs abroad than in Nigeria, modelling in London, Paris and Italy.

“I featured in quite a number of television commercials, editorial and magazine shoots for several high end products like Olay, Diesel jeans, Dolce and Gabbana, Lux etc. After giving in my all to modelling for 15 years, I gradually began my slow descent. This I did from 2005 through 2008 when I finally stopped. Then, I faced my shoe business.”

Explaining her decision for venturing into the retail of high end shoes, Barbara who runs Rose Barbara, a shoe company in Lagos, says it was borne out of a passion. Moreover, she considers modelling to go hand-in-hand with the art of wearing accessories.

“I believe that there is no modelling without shoes. No model goes on the runway barefooted. Their feet are always encased most times in stilettos which help to give one the needed gait. Oftentimes, the shoes are an advertisement on their own. So, I didn’t just start selling shoes, I became a personal shopper because people trusted my judgment on items that I picked out for them. That was after I stopped modelling.

“I am very particular about what I retail, I can tell the history of each pair of designer shoes that I retail. The modelling world really helped me to have a better understanding of what shoes are all about. My love for shoes knows no bounds. I collect shoes and I personally have a minimum of 200 pairs! That is how bad my obsession for shoes is. My husband sees my interest in the shoe business as an opportunity to acquire more pairs for myself and I don’t think he is far from the truth.”

Aside the shoe business, she has since diversified into luxurious hair retailing and also runs an African restaurant in London.

Born 37 years ago, Juliano who hails from Ikong, Cross River State, recalls her growing up years was fun filled especially as it spanned three cities— Cross Rivers State, Paris and Italy.

“Memories of my days in Cross Rivers State, especially during the holidays are so deeply etched that I sometimes crave for them. We would go to Obudu cattle ranch to have fun; horse riding, mountain climbing, and watch the water falls etc. My parents are avid believers in fun filled holidays.”

Turning out to be a success at her numerous ventures didn’t come to her on a platter of gold as she did have her trying period in her early days as a model.

“I dropped out from the University of Calabar, where I had enrolled to study Sociology. That was two years to my graduating year. I wanted to face my modelling career squarely,” she reminisces.

But with a father, who is a medical doctor and a mother who is an English graduate from Oxford University, didn’t she face stiff opposition at home?

She replies: “Nigeria is one country with people who are very particular about paper qualifications. Naturally, there was an outcry when I took that decision. My parents were to say the least, miffed at my action. I was strongly opposed but I was hell bent on pursuing a modelling career because that was what I loved and wanted to do at that time.

“I did all I could to assuage their feelings by constantly showing them my finished works. I wanted to prove that I had retained my decency while still modelling. But they had their beliefs and concluded that I was fooling around. It took a while before they finally came around to give me their blessings. I am persuaded that modelling is innate because even as a little child, the traits were very evident in me. I sometimes wonder where I got the passion for modelling from considering my background. My other family members are known for being quite cerebral. Ironically, my younger sister is now toeing my path.”

Now, she is in her parents’ shoes and feels what they felt many years back. Now, older and wiser, she constantly insists that her younger sister completes her education even as she (Barbara) also plans to complete her education.

“I have to, it isn’t like I need it right away but I will definitely. I believe I owe it to myself. When I decide to, it will be in a streamlined course in luxury management since that is my area of core competence,” she explains.

Barbara would tell you she prefers white men whenever issues of romance are raised.

“I prefer white men because I think they are more loving and respectful to women. I was once married to a French man for eight years but it didn’t work out. Now, I am married to the love of my life— an Italian. I have been with my husband for four years but we have been married for two years with a daughter. We met in Milan, Italy. He is a very understanding and humble person and I consider myself a very lucky woman to have him as a husband.”

Asked if she has any plan to give back to society through mentorship, Barbara quips that is no longer on her plate. At least currently but could be considered in the near future.

“I once imparted knowledge from my wealth of experience to young up and coming models while I was still a model and even set up an academy called, Amazon Modelling Academy. I shut down when I stopped modelling,” she says.

Models are considered stylish. Not far from one, she defines her style as unique but corrects that, “I will never be caught dead in a mini skirt or dress!”

She is a designer freak too. Hear her collection: “For shoes, I currently love Zannoti, Valentino and Cavalli. I am not very particular about the designers of the dresses I wear, as long as they are beautiful dresses.

For bags, it is Channel and Birkins. Oh! I love bags too and I have lost count of the regular bags that I have. I do have about 14 high end bags like Hermes Birkins, Channels etc. In fact, I once spent €68,000 for a hand bag. After shoes, my fashion fetish is bags.”

Her life’s philosophy is simple: Respect for people and loyalty. “Sometimes I wish I didn’t have friends having gone through some disappointments in life with friends”, she concludes.

Source: http://gistville.com/2012/12/i-once-spent-n14million-on-a-handbag-nigerian-model-barbara-juliano/

hmmm! Ok.
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by RedLight1: 3:40pm On Dec 17, 2012
Paulipopor:

hmmm! Ok.
u have problem sha angry u quoted all that long story to post 'hmmm ok'

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Paulipopor: 4:37pm On Dec 17, 2012
Red-Light:

u have problem sha angry u quoted all that long story to post 'hmmm ok'
and you had to quote me to tell me rubbish! cry

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by tpia1: 4:58pm On Dec 17, 2012
hmm, mrs ____________, over to you.

any screening committee or something like that?

be careful sha,
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by ba7man(m): 7:21pm On Dec 17, 2012
This lady can lie!!!....Don't belive everything you hear.

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by mitchyy(f): 9:48pm On Dec 17, 2012
Red-Light:

u have problem sha angry u quoted all that long story to post 'hmmm ok'
Lol
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by bisi16(m): 11:35pm On Dec 17, 2012
Bloody lier!
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by gulfer: 6:21am On Dec 18, 2012
bisi16: Bloody lier!
X2
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Double194(m): 9:04am On Dec 18, 2012
Even if she buy am true true then, How body now?
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by mitchyy(f): 2:44pm On Dec 18, 2012
Double194: Even if she buy am true true then, How body now?

I know some ladies are spend thrifts though. Its possible
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by SlyIg(f): 3:11pm On Dec 18, 2012
Paulipopor:

hmmm! Ok.
Oga mi, you shouldn't have quoted that long essay again pls,that's incase of next time.

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by ba7man(m): 3:25pm On Dec 18, 2012
mitchyy:

I know some ladies are spend thrifts though. Its possible
Its a lie joooor. If she really did, she'll give more information on its label name. I can even google it out. I don't know what she takes Nigerians as, she had better be driving a Rolls-Royce to be able to afford that.

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by vanstanzy(m): 8:17pm On Dec 18, 2012
And so How does this affect the price of a bag of rice in the market? At least she's not a govt official.

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by adonisyung(m): 8:19pm On Dec 18, 2012
Either she ƻ an elephant in lying or the blogger is æ nicompoop....*throws fone into water*

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by valencia25(m): 8:19pm On Dec 18, 2012
Paulipopor:

hmmm! Ok.

Yaba-Left Alert! This broda is not OK as he claimed oo shocked shocked

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by tellwsdom: 8:20pm On Dec 18, 2012
Seun, mukina and co moderator...this gurl dey lie na angry angry.
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by valencia25(m): 8:22pm On Dec 18, 2012
Don't mind the babe, she's only increasing Dec price.... Seem she has been out of town lately because Kidnappers are watching you now #Odensin
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Redmosquito(m): 8:24pm On Dec 18, 2012
Minion: Your Wickedness! This babe is rich oooo! She once bought a handbag for 14Million Naira!
Hades: Only once?! Pffft! Dont make me laugh! When people like Jonathan are busy spending 19 million Naira per day just for refreshments!
Minion: Chai! 19 milla! shocked My King! Please forgive me for my stupidity!

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by HonSuQMaDIQ(m): 8:25pm On Dec 18, 2012
Barbara Juliano? The LIES starts with her name.
Well, that reminds me of my N28m FERRAGAMO BELT

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by delors(m): 8:27pm On Dec 18, 2012
Haaaaaa shocked Your fada! N14million on handbag? AAAhhhhh I don suffer! cry
with my first class self, I never fit spend N1500 buy correct office shoe! Ah! Your fada!

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by crazygod(m): 8:28pm On Dec 18, 2012
And this made front page. Sometimes I wonder what is happening to nairaland moderators... Anyway back to the story; crazy woman bought a handbag of N14m and I'm sure doesn't even have upto 20k inside the bag sef. Rubbish.

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Paulipopor: 8:29pm On Dec 18, 2012
valencia25:

Yaba-Left Alert! This broda is not OK as he claimed oo shocked shocked
then you should be taken to Usélu! cry
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by mascot87(m): 8:30pm On Dec 18, 2012
Paulipopor:

hmmm! Ok.
You are a dull person for quoting the whole thread just to make a silly comment. Smh.... angry

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Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by HonSuQMaDIQ(m): 8:30pm On Dec 18, 2012
Hon. SuQ Ma'DIQ:
Barbara Juliano? The LIES starts with her name.
Well, that reminds me of my N28m FERRAGAMO BELT
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Ucheosefoh(m): 8:30pm On Dec 18, 2012
14 million handbag WTF is wrong with the person that vomit this lie BTW which country and company that produce such handbag and the picture sef make we see if it is made of diamonds
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Gabrielsylar(m): 8:30pm On Dec 18, 2012
But what is now dis long turanchi......
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Arcard(m): 8:31pm On Dec 18, 2012
Gud luk dats al i cn wish u,buh spentin da kind money fo jst hand bag u gat probs
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Slickest(m): 8:33pm On Dec 18, 2012
Wetin concine me....me ma buy hand band N50million...
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Paulipopor: 8:40pm On Dec 18, 2012
mascot87:
You are a dull person for quoting the whole thread just to make a silly comment. Smh.... angry
and how does this ur observation add to the topic. Mumu.
Re: Barbara Juliano Spent N14Million On A Handbag by Oludrex(m): 8:44pm On Dec 18, 2012
[quote author=mitchyy]GISTville
[img]http://gistville.com/
i personally have a minimum of 200 pairs!



I'm nt impressed

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