Inside glamorous reality show Highlife as cast say ‘we’re the black Kardashians’

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It's the first Black reality series of its kind, following the lives and loves of a group of ambitious, glamorous young British West Africans all chasing their own idea of success. And fans have gone wild for the exciting, but relatable portrayal of British life.

The cast includes singer songwriter Kamille – best known for penning tracks with stars including Little Mix, Dua Lipa and Mabel – and celebrity make up artist Bernicia, who works with actress Michaela Coel and DJ Clara Amfo and describes her and her sisters as the "black Kardashians".

Here, we give you a rundown of the glamorous personalities that make up the show…

Cuppy

Cuppy, who says she is single because she is "way too sexy", is a 28-year-old professional DJ and musician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

She teases on starting her own jewellery line ‘Cuppy Cuts’ in her new music video, featuring sisters Temi and Tolani Otedola.

Cuppy describes her ideal kind of man as celebrity boxer Anthony Joshua.

Kiddwaya

Kidd, 27, is an entrepreneur and brand ambassador for Boohooman.

He is often flaunts pictures of himself working out in the gym but plans on launching a charity, The Kiddwaya Foundation.

Its first mission to tackle knife crime among black youths in the UK.

Tomi

Born in Nigeria but raised in Oxford, Tomi is a 30-year-old music producer and self-taught DJ.

He is signed to Sony BMG has worked with the likes of Ellie Goulding and Mabel.

He’s planning on getting married to his "soulmate" and cast member Kamille, who he proposed to after just seven months of dating.

Kamille

Kamille is a grammy-award winning singer-songwriter/producer, born and bred in South London.

Her first major hit song was written for The Saturdays – What About Us – and she's since written over ten songs for Little Mix alone, including More Than Words and Shout Out to my Ex.

With her Nigerian/traditional wedding approaching, the curvy goddess, 32, has lot on her plate…

Toni

Toni has 187k followers on her instagram page, @t0nit0ne, and is known for sharing the highs, lows, and growing pains of self-discovery.

She launched a career as a female empowerment content creator and after a series of life-changing moments – including a breakup and health discovery – her motto became ‘2021 is my year’.

The gorgeous dating and relationships advisor is author to the forthcoming advice book, I Wish I Knew This Earlier, which is being published by Harper Collins in October.

Chiefer

Chiefer is a go-getting neighbourhood jeweller and a successful Mayfair-based conceptual designer with Ghanaian heritage.

He was born with sickle cell anaemia, a genetic red blood cell disorder, which generally affects people from African or Caribbean backgrounds.

Despite losing his vision in one eye, he has dominated the jewellery industry and is still creating innovative designs.

Bernicia

Describing herself and her sisters as the “black Kardashians”, Bernicia Boateng is a well-connected beauty content-creator and celebrity make-up artist.

Her clients include award-winning actress Michaela Coel, model Leomie Anderson and TV and Radio presenter Clara Amfo.

Irene

Irene is a global tastemaker, cultural creator, London-based fashion stylist and founder of the TTYA franchise (Taller Than Your Average).

Irene also does a lot within BAME communities to assist, teach and inform.

She has worked with talents such as Skepta, Burna Boy, Wizkid as well as many well-known brands.

Viewers are following Irene, 36, on her fertility journey, as she steers the medical and social problems of freezing her eggs as a single black woman.

Her goal is to take ownership of her body and have kids when she is ready.

OK! writer Adejumoke Ilori has her say…

If you’re like me then there's a big possibility that after a long day, you look forward to winding down with a bag of Maltesers and your favourite reality show on the deck.

No shame – it's my favourite thing to do. And Highlife has really hit the spot.

Highlife is the boujie Black reality show that I didn't know I needed. It's had me binge-watching, hooked and screaming for more.

Not only is it hilarious, but it's full of drama. It focuses on family expectations, career choices, relationships, wealth, friendships, love and culture.

As a country, we are completely obsessed with Reality TV. Love Island? I’m here for it. The Only Way is Essex? We love the drama. Geordie Shore? What a hit!

But there is always a gap and room for Black excellence. With Highlife, that is exactly what you get.

Catch the next episode of Highlife on Friday at 10pm on Channel 4.

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