With streets still buzzing about the newly released Nollywood drama, Glamour Girls, which premiered on Netflix on June 24, 2022, viewers have trooped to YouTube to watch the original classic that served as the inspiration for this recent version of the film.
The original Glamour Girls was shot in 1994 and told the story of a village girl whose dreams for a better life lead her to take a questionable job in Lagos. Written and produced by Nigerian filmmaker Kenneth Nnebue, the classic movie kept in line with some of the themes of Living in Bondage, including the relationship between the sexes and the power of money, but now in a more secular context — boldly touching on topics surrounding sexuality and prostitution, with Chika Onukwufor holding the fort as Director.
Backed by a star-studded cast, which includes Nollywood veterans such as Liz Benson, Ernest Obi, Ngozi Ezeonu, Gloria Anozie, and Pat Attah, the 1994 blockbuster featured several memorable moments such as the popular bathroom scene featuring Eucharia Anunobi and Zach Orji.
By definition, Glamour girls are professional women living outside of patriarchal control; controversial ladies are associated with prostitution and danger. The sequel, Glamour Girls 2: The Italian Connection, featuring the international trafficking of sex workers, extending the themes even further. The two-part film quickly gained widespread popularity in Nigeria, and is still relevant and enjoyable today.
Watch the original Glamour Girls below: