My name is Fumi Desalu-Vold & I'm an African / American actress, model, producer & television Presenter / personality from sunny Los Angeles. I now live in the beautiful city of London,
I've been lucky enough to travel around the world and one thing that is present in every country is..................GLAMOUR!
Who am I? Where am I from?
So it has occurred to me that for you to relate to me in any way, perhaps you too are wondering who this new blogger is!
Ok, so let me start from the beginning,
my name is Fumi Desalu-Vold & I'm an Aries.
I was born in Moscow, Russia. (hard to believe, but true)
I'm half Nigerian and half Gambian and an American citizen b'cos I lived there 4 about 20yrs so, I consider myself an African / American.
I'm married to a Norwegian, a former national swim champion, YEY!
We used to live in Oslo,
but now in London, New york & lagos!
So, as I was saying..........
My name is Japanese and the full name is Fumiko, which means "Empress".
It's also a Yoruba (Nigerian) name, and it means God has given me joy. The full name is Olufunmilayo which I love so very much and truly PROUD of.
My Mother went to Asia and fell in looooooooooove with the name, so when she had me (smiling) that's the name I got!
Below are some pictures of my fabulous mother in the far East during the 60's
having a wonderful time!
My Mama 3rd to the left. Wasn't she GLAMOROUS? Love the outfit honey!
My Mum again 3rd from the left. Just look at those amazing parasols.
My Mummy & her best friend.
I grew up in a family that travelled the world a lot & it was such a treat to see different parts of the world, it REALLY opens up your eyes & mind.
Anyway I spent most of my childhood in Glasgow,Scotland.
Then relocated to Lagos, Nigeria in my teens.
I'm an AFRICAN and Proud!
I left for college in London when I was 21.
But.................. NOT b4 I won the "Super Model of Africa" competition.
It seems like yesterday when this happened!
So I set off to what I thought was going to be just 4 yrs of University in good ol' swinggin London, but destiny had other plans.
I got signed with Elite model agency as well as going to University where I studied Business administration, majoring in marketing & advertising!
Once I graduated, I became the muse of Japanese designer Yuki Yamamoto full time.
My agency then shipped me off 2 New York and it became my base. Goodbye London,
Hello New York!
It was a FABULOUS LIFE in New York, a wonderful time that I look back upon with the fondest of memories.
@ PARIS fashion week.
Through my modeling I started getting lots of beauty commercials & television work in Los Angeles.
I was in loooooooooooooove with LA! The weather & palm trees were so irresistible, I just had to live here!
And so I moved from New York 2 Los Angeles.
Now I had 2 careers, modeling & acting. My modeling helped me sooooooo much with my acting and I learned so much about the entertainment biz in LA.
I did everything from, Television shows, Feature films, Period films, sitcoms, Independent films, student films, commercials, music videos and the list goes on and on. It was an AMAZING experience. Ha!
I strongly recommend, anybody who wants to know how the industry works, to go!!!!!!
You will have an amazing time, and meet theeeeeee most unexpected & interesting people ever!
On the set of "Ugly Betty" w/ cast members Lauren Beki & Becki Newton (Amanda).
With Will Smith on the set of Hancock. Los Angeles.
With P. Diddy in LA on the set of his music video,
With American Television Host, Wendy Williams
in Las Vegas.
With American Actress Kerry Washington at a red carpet event in Los Angeles.
With American Actress Garcelle Beauvais at
Los Angeles Fashion Week!
Being interviewed "E" Entertainment television at the Nylon magazine launch party on Hollywood.
Was featured in the STYLE segment of Los Angeles magazine at a party I was invited to in honor of shoe Designer, Manolo Blahnik who had made such an impact in the television and film series, Sex and the City!
In Vegas launching my fashion, travel & Celebrity TV show
now known as "Fumi's Fashion Files".
On the red carpet at the film premier of "Roscoe Jenkins" starring American actor, Martin Lawrence.
Vanessa Williams from Desperate Housewives.
But we became friends from the the Tv show, Ugly Betty plus we were both former beauty Queens so we always talked about that, she laughs.
America (Betty), Christopher (Henry), Becki (Amanda) & me.
So this was my life, or so I thought. That is until I met the ...................... love of my life..................& he was from Norway!
Do u c how it's all coming together?
We got married 3 times, ..........Whaaaaaaaaat!...............yep!
The 1st wedding was in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
The 2nd, was in Lagos, Nigeria.
& the 3rd, was in Bergen, Norway.
Ole is Half Scottish, so between the 2 of us we represent 5 countries
I was lucky enough to continue my acting, modeling & hosting career in Norway!
I appeared in "Hotel Cæsar" last year & have just finished filming the feature film,
"Varg Veum - De døde har det også godt" which will be in all the theaters come
January of 2012.
With some of the Hotel Cæsar cast! In Oslo, Norway.
Hotel Cæsar is the #1 soap opera in Norway & it's 2 Norway, what Dynasty was to America.
My character's name on Hotel Cæsar, was 'Jacqueline Diaz" & she was a Diva!
On the set of the Norwegian feature film 'Varg Veum'.
Me, Jørgen & Trond Espen.
On the set of the film Varg Veum,
With Norwegian Actress and recording Artist
Click HERE to watch the trailer.
OSLO FASHION WEEK
Norwegian television personality & Dancing with the Stars finalist, Mia Gundersen.
With one of the designers, Simen Staalnacke
of Norwegian fashion house
"Moods of Norway"
An Article about me and my role in the film Varg Veum.
Articles in the Bergen Newspaper!
Article in Dagbladet! (Another Norwegian newspaper)
A picture from our 1st wedding in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
Our story was the most read in Norway, yep, it felt good to be number 1.
And it doesn't stop there, I have a whole bunch of projects lined up in Los Angeles,
New York, Oslo as well as London, Phew, I have no idea how I'm going to manage!
So that's it my darlings.
This is my story. Smiling & waving 2 u from London.