A woman who used perfume to protect herself from racist bullies as a child is now addicted to expensive scents – and has spent more than £20,000 on fragrances. As the only black girl in her school, Shade Selema would spray her mum’s perfume to stop the other kids from calling her ‘stink bomb’. The 36-year-old has now become obsessed with perfumes and can spend up to £2,000 in fragrance in a month.

Shade wears different perfumes to fit her mood, mixes them up to create her own unique scents and always plans which one she will wear the night before.

Woman spends more than £20,000 on fragrances to protect herself from racist bullies

The IT worker, who lives in Manchester explained: ‘When I was seven my family moved from Nigeria to Brunei where I went to an English/Dutch school. ‘As the only black girl there I was cruelly bullied and called names, mainly telling me I smelled – which of course I didn’t. Shade revealed in a video.

Woman spends more than £20,000 on fragrances to protect herself from racist bullies

‘But I didn’t want to stand out and I wanted to make sure I smelled nice so by the time I was ten, I was squirting my mum’s perfume.’ Shade Selema told Metro.

But what started as armor has now become a full-on passion with the glamorous 36-year-old loving fragrance so much she even wears it to bed.

Now Shade is an expert in the history and chemistry of perfume. She spends hours every night watching YouTube videos on perfume reviews and peruses department stores for even longer.

She is familiar with the scents of each ingredient, rose being her favorite, and can even envisage what a fragrance will smell like before she opens a bottle.

Bullies used to tell Shade she smelled when she was young (Picture: SWNS)
Bullies used to tell Shade she smelled when she was young (Picture: SWNS)

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