‘I am true to myself’ – Hilda Baci replies those who criticize her dressing

Popular Nigerian chef Hilda Baci has reacted to those criticizing her choice of dressing. Recall that the celebrity chef has been under fire several times online for wearing outfits people deem “too revealing” or “not what a respectable person like her should wear”.

In an interview with The Cable Lifestyle, Hilda Baci opened up about how she feels about the criticism concerning her dressing and also gave her critics reponse

Speaking about people not liking her dressing, Hilda Baci said:

HILDA BACI: I am lying to you if I say I do not think about it. Sometimes, I am concerned and be like ‘why are you guys doing this?’ But the truth is, I am true to myself.

One of the reasons why I wanted to do this, put in that much effort, and that much time into preparing was because it was important for me to let people know that you do not necessarily have to conform to whatever limitations or societal expectations that have been set out there for you.

I do not have to look a certain way to be good at what I do– to be smart, have something upstairs, something to offer to be successful.

That is the perception. And that is why a lot of women do not feel like they can express themselves through fashion and then still be capable of killing it in the corporate world, the business industry, or the food industry.

The thing is that you can be all these things and so much more. Because here I am, a 27-year-old, I love fashion, I like to look good.

Thank God, I am very beautiful as well. I own those things. I am not going to apologise for that. Because in truth, all these elements are what makes me who I am right now.

The fact that I am all these things does not reduce what I am capable of offering. It does not take away from the fact that I actually stood on my feet for 100 hours.

It does not take away from the fact that an amazing team of people putting something that is amazing together, it does not reduce my qualifications or my values. I am still the one putting in the work.

I still like to live my life as well, because it is who I am. And I am not going to apologise for it. So when I see these things, I am like, they will talk. Over time they will get used to it.

Interview transcribed by vocal.media