Influential and model, the daughter of Congolese star Koffi Olomidé has a strong sense of style. A fan of the creations of Olivier Rousteing and Jean-Paul Gaultier, her ultra-sophisticated looks are followed by thousands of subscribers on social networks.
At the age of 20, Didi-Stone Olomidé combines the caps of influencer and model. Followed by 554,000 people on Instagram (not to mention nearly a dozen fan accounts devoted to her), the daughter of Congolese music star Koffi Olomidé impresses with her acute sense of style, which she displays with panache at the Paris Fashion Weeks shows. A student in Paris studying fashion business, the young woman – who grew up between the French capital and Kinshasa – dreams of one day starting her own business. But, for the moment, she is cultivating a certain mystery around her future projects. Is she preparing to become one of the next icons of the fashion world? Meet an it-girl on her way up.
Jeune Afrique: How did your career in modeling begin?
Didi-Stone Olomide: I started working as a model at the age of 15. I was spotted by a scout in the street in Paris. My mother and I were about to take the metro, in the Châtelet district, when someone approached us. She introduced herself and offered to take my picture. After that, I was contacted by several agencies and everything followed.
Where does your fashion orientation come from?
Since I was young, I’ve liked to take care of my appearance, to get ready. And in my family it’s a common thing, even a philosophy, to dress with elegance. It’s even a sign of respect! My love for fashion was passed on to me by my parents.
Your father, Koffi Olomidé, is an African music star. What memories do you have of your childhood?
I was lucky to have an unusual childhood. I often accompanied my father on his travels. We also moved around a lot, which gave me a taste for travel. Besides, I try to go to the Congo as often as possible, once or twice a year.
source: Jeune Afrique