Chioma Darah-Ani has been busy capturing energy and diversity on the streets of Kamloops. Her focus is on street fashion and her aim is get our city on the map as a ‘fashionable city’. A model from Nigeria, Chioma moved to Kamloops in 2015 to attend Thompson Rivers University. A few years later, she started taking pictures of models for her online thrift store called ThriftloveClothing. By celebrating all creeds and colours of models in unique styles and fashions, her photography shows just how dynamic and eclectic Kamloops is.
“We have diversity here and with that comes various people from various places with various talents and fashion styles. For me, it hurts to see students move out of Kamloops because ‘it is a boring city and there is not a lot to get into’. Moving here in 2015 and connecting with these talents and models, tells me we have got what it takes to be like Vancouver or Kelowna minus the fast life, which for me is a big plus. So my photography style is basically bringing these creatives together and making a name for Kamloops.
ThriftloveClothing was created by me. It is a web-based thrift store that focuses on carrying brand name fashion items at a very reasonable price so that every one can be fashionable even when on a budget. It started from a deep passion I have for thrifting these pieces.”
Chioma is a small business owner, actor with Askem Talent, photographer and a model local to Kamloops BC and surroundings. To see more street photography you can find her on Instagram @sheshootsstreet. She plans to continue growing and expanding perspectives as an artist and small business owner. Thank you Chioma for showcasing diversity on the streets of Kamloops!
“One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.” – Franklin Thomas