This special post is for all our young hopefuls who harbour the dream of making it in the world of fashion, specifically in the modelling industry.
An interview we conducted earlier today offers more insight.
Q: Could you introduce yourself?.
A:My name is Njoku Daberechi Emmanuel, but I’m also known as Myles.
Q:What do you do?.
A:I do a lot of things, but I’m predominantly a Fashion/Runway Model.
Q:could you give us an insight on your background.
A:Well I’m from a Christian family of 6, I have a sister and two brothers, myself being the last child. I hail from Aboh-Mbaise LGA in Imo state. I grew up in Lagos, attended my University in Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti. And I’m currently serving in Oyo state as a corps member in the NYSC scheme.
Q: you mentioned earlier that you are a fashion/runway model, how did that come about?.
A: I started having the passion for modeling in my 300level in school where I contested for the psychology department pageant at the time, then I moved on to contest for the school level pageant and I emerged first runner up ‘Mr Eksu 2017’ after which I was signed to Eksu Models where I got my foundation and training in the industry.
Q:Wow, this certainly wasn’t an easy feat?. What was going on in your head during that time?.
A:It really wasn’t. I was thinking “What are you doing?” “Hope you know what you’re doing” and all that, but I just followed my heart and it’s led me here today.
Q: Alright, there must have been challenges along the way, what particular one comes to mind and what keeps you going?.
A:My number one challenge was my family. I was constantly being reminded that I’m from a Christian home and one who is a Christian must be very careful. They initially opposed to my decision. I was also faced with the challenge of handling classes, assignments and the course in general, together with catwalk rehearsals and workouts.
But whenever I remembered why I started I always kept in mind that saying “quitters aren’t winners” and I wanted to win badly, I still do. And that’s why I never gave up.
Q:The modelling industry is predisposed to a certain body type, how does that affect models and those aspiring to be?.
A:Thank you for that question. The fashion industry over time has followed a pattern of selection when scouting for models. They generally look out for a certain body type (slim, tall, striking features, etc) and these have been tradition to the industry.
This has made models and aspiring models restructure themselves to fit in with the criteria set by the industry. Many aspiring models have resulted to dieting, workouts and even starving just to fit in. I personally had an issue with this because I was not quite slim enough and had to workout and diet just to fit into the criteria.
As the years went by and with more understanding of the industry I got to find out that other body types also have a place in the industry. These other body types or types of modeling do not get the amount of recognition as runway and fashion models do. So this has been a big challenge to models and aspiring models.
Q:So models who do not fit into the above stated category find it hard to get jobs?.
A:Exactly. Except you have quality representation and convincing features.
Q:What is your take on modelling in Nigeria?
A:Modeling in Nigeria is experiencing great growth. Three to four years ago we didn’t have the amount of awareness about the industry as we do now. And that is amazing. More work is however needed in order to get to the likes of Milan, New York, London and Europe and large. But I’m sure the Nigerian industry is capable enough.
Q:What is your best and worst modelling experience to date?.
A:My best experience in the industry was when I walked for TjWho at the Mazelle Fashion Show, a private fashion show held late last year in Lagos.
My worst experience still occurs and it has to be the same for other models. It’s being rejected at castings. It can be really frustrating. But it’s a part of the experience.
Q:With the current pandemic currently ravaging the world, how has that affected the industry and what do you predict will be norm for modelling post covid-19?
A:The fashion industry has been greatly hit by the pandemic. By this time of the year there’s supposed to be a boom of fashion shows all over the world, and in Nigeria particularly. Models don’t have shows to book. Everyone is trying to stay safe.
Post Covid-19, it would take a while for things to return to normal. But I think the industry is well equipped to adapt to changes. The show must go on..
Q:Alright ,final question what would you say to aspiring models?.
A:To aspiring models all over the I’d say keep working on your craft, and keep trying your best. Don’t let anything discourage you. One day your turn would come..
That’s it guys. I hope this gives you the push you need to get started on your dream.
Drop your thoughts on this, what can you say about modelling in Nigeria?