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The era of the slay queen and her ways… By Tony Chiazor


There is a new breed of women in town commonly known as slay queens on social media.
In layman’s language, a slay queen is a woman who wants to choke everyone else with how beautiful they feel they are and how they do their “cool stuff”, not forgetting their blond opinions!
It is that girl who doesn’t do githeri or fries, does sleepovers only in leafy addresses like Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi, Road-42, Victoria garden City, Lekki, TY Danjuma Street, Asokoro District, Abuja, etc.
Remember that girl who told you that a gentleman must match his shoes and belt, yet her face and neck does not match? That’s a slay queen.
The first time you meet and listen to them, minutes into the conversation, their true colours always manifest, with them resorting to slangs, as they punctuate their sentences with countless “Oh my God” or “Really”.
A slay queen must have her makeup intact all the time. She has to keep up with all make up and accessories trends. That includes keeping tabs on all glam pages on Facebook and tutorials on YouTube.
The girl you see in town with flowers on her head, a “band” on her neck, is definitely a slay queen.
Take a look too at her eyebrows. Currently, they are slaying on a new trend called wavy eyebrows. Social media trolls say that the queens put flowers on their heads to pay respect to their dead brains. How true that is, we at Crazy Monday don’t know!
With her makeup, a slay queen will look like any local or international celeb or model she admires.
A slay queen would rather sleep hungry but don the latest lace weave or wig and have perfect gel polish on her “sexy” nails.
Slay queens sleep in their heels. No catching them in low life kind of shoes like flats!
As part of her calling, a slay queen has the obligation of updating us mere mortals about where she is having her breakfast, lunch or dinner, where and when her invisible bae and her are travelling to, the major happenings in her life like when her bedroom light blows out or one of her hair strands falls out!
These queens take photos and post them from when they wake up to when they retire on their king size beds.
The photos are heavily edited with filters to create perfect and flawless looks until you meet her face to face and realise she has this big scar on her neck because she started slaying around hot water at age two!
A slay queen’s life revolves around videos on WhatsApp status and IG storied on Instagram.
How they create, maintain facade of opulence
The broke slay queens, who are the majority by the way, only take these photos at their rich friends’ place and at big malls. You will see them with safety belts on “driving their cars” on Parking mode.
They create a false impression on social media that they are balling big time yet most of them are jobless.
A slay queen has to pout her mouth or twist it or just stick out her tongue when taking photos. No slay queen has straight legs, why…dat wan I no come sabi (Still researching).
Their legs have to be twisted in photos; you would think she is suffering from rickets or polio. They call it swag. The slay queens’ constitution, photo sessions, also says that she must try her level best to show both her glam face and “big sexy” behind in all the photos.
Additionally, she has to go to all length to get the perfect shot for the day, be it to climb a rooftop, hug a transformer or hop into the next airport-bound bus to take a photo at the international departure terminal and hop back to their slum house immediately after! It is a hustle, my friend!
Their Language
Catch a slay queen dead talking like us mere mortals? You know she is a slay queen if you can’t keep tab with how many wharrevas and ooh my gosh! she drops in under five minutes!
We shall never get enough of how they penda you bae and heart their bffs.
Their newest word, issa, is a slaying contraction of it is, so do not be baffled when you see them updating that issa Friday, issa parry time and such issa things.
In any case, it is good they use the language that is swaggerific and easy.
Asked to use proper grammar, nearly three quarters of them cannot differentiate between loose and lose, leave and live, you’re and your, there and their and such other simple grammar lines.
Desperate to show the world on social media that they too read and that are smart, they will take a picture of a book cover and caption it with, good riddance!
Hashtags are also part of their language. A slay queen is nothing if she can’t tell a short story using hashtags. #MyCrib, #TravelManenos and others hashtags have to be dragged into every post.
Once in a while she will also feel obligated to remind all of us dimwits that she is a #SlayQueen and she is always #Slayinghard!
Party animal
You cannot qualify as a slay queen if you do not party like an animal.
A serious slay queen has at least puked in all the washrooms of the clubs in town, and taken photos while at it! They smoke shisha like their life depends on it.
A slay queen knows how most, if not all, wines and whiskey brands taste, if not pretending to!
She knows where it is happening this Friday and has to be there by hook or crook, ready to take the best IG photo from Kiza Lounge or B-Club!
Ask her what she would do if she discovered she has fallopian tubes and watch her get depressed shortly after because blond her thinks fallopian tubes are such a bad thing to have.
Start a conversation on global warming, and with a straight face, a slay queen will tell you that she purchased her global warming at Shoprite for 15 gees!
* One on fb got me rolling on the floor with lafta when she posted a picture of herself supposedly in Abuja and captioned it with, “Wow, Asokoro is such an awesome country. Lit!”
With the above characteristics, it is no wonder that Tommy Ikpo, a friend, says that last week when a slay queen from his neighbourhood died, her family had difficulties finding the perfect photo to use on her obituary…All the pictures they found had bending legs and stretching mouth!
Courtesy: Hijr Miskeena Rauda

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