Have you ever thought of being a fashion model? If yes, read this step-by-step guide on How to Become a Fashion Model in Nigeria. If you read this article thoroughly, you will be able to discover what you are looking for and unlock your potentials.
It is amazing, electrifying and fun to many Nigerians to see beautiful ladies hit the runway and showcase their hourglass shapes and well-perfected curves to the entertainment and glamour of their audience.
Since Miss Agbani Darego won the Miss World title in 2001, being the first lady to ever achieve such feat in Sub-Saharan Africa, fashion modelling has been revolutionized in Nigeria as many ladies now see fashion modeling as profession in Nigeria.
The trend amongst most youths especially the ladies is to watch their weights so as to become fashion models in Nigeria.
It has also become acceptable and fashionable to see organizations go into moulding of models and transforming them to internationally renowned celebrities.
This trend is rapidly growing and there is greater awareness now, but some sections of the country condemn it saying that is unacceptable based on their religious beliefs.
However, for most Nigerians who imbibe fashion modelling, it is a career worth pursuing. Well, if you are beautiful, sexy, and wish to build a career in modelling, join me as I take you on a journey of how to become a fashion model in Nigeria.
Guide 1: Take care of your body. Are you 18 years of age yet and you want to become a fashion model in Nigeria? You must watch what you eat. Yes, filter carefully what goes down your throat. Do not eat heavy foods like Eba, Fufu, Ewedu and similar foods all the time.
Have a decent meal timetable that will ultimately give you a balanced diet. It does not mean the food is not good, but they can make you obese – something your career doesn’t like. One of the features of every model is to be slim.
So, eating such heavy foods can help destroy your shape. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, drink water and juice often because they help the body systems function properly thereby making that killer shape stand out .
Dress well and decently too . Did I forget to mention it? No way!! Do exercises often to keep fit. It will also help keep that perfect shape. You can register at a gym class and attend every weekend. Also, take good care of your hair and skin.
Unkempt hair or “burnt skin” with blemishes can ruin your career. You also have to check the creams you use.
Guide2. Know yourself and don’t be shy. To succeed as a model you must learn to do something – face the crowd and speak. Fashion models go on tours for their agencies, win contracts to do advertisements, and sometimes act.
So, you must learn how to face the crowd, speak to them convincingly and strut on the runway to showcase the works of some designers who contracted an agency that you will model for.
Work on your speech ability, be polite, truthful, know your body profile and basic measurements (height, shoe sizes, dress size, hip, waist, hair colour and weight) and use of English Language.
You must always seek for new ways to improve your stage performance, abilities and stand out. Also you have to be confident all the time and chances are that you may need to fake it to build your confidence over a period of time.
If you have achieved this, your quest to become a fashion model in Nigeria is gradually coming to fruition.
Guide3: Take pictures often and give your agent. You must always take pictures. Get professional photographers to do the snapping too. Pose properly and make sure you don’t wear too much makeup when you are snapping.
There may be need to visit their studios and take hot pictures . Also, snap without wearing makeup – most agencies do not allow fashion model wannabes to wear makeup when they are being auditioned. Ensure to keep all your pictures.
Have a photo album where you save all your pictures and ensure to have them on your mobile devices in case an opportunity presents itself.
If you can afford to have an agent, get one, give them your pictures and discuss their terms of payment. Agents also help to sell you to model agencies, and don’t sign any agreement with any agency without an agent (if you have one).
Guide4. Learn more about the industry. Read about people who have made create success out of modelling, be inspired (this will also give you a reason to take fashion modelling more seriously), and find out how they did it.
Read articles, blogs, magazines, and books on modelling. Go on to the Internet and read about renowned modelling agencies which have produced known people, their addresses, and plan to pay them a visit.
And most importantly, read this piece because I will definitely reveal to you the secrets you need to help you become a fashion model in Nigeria like you have never read it elsewhere – *smiles*
Guide5: Join a Fashion agency. Most modelling agencies are run by retired models. So, joining an agency will help sell you and your career to the world.
There are many notable agencies in Nigeria. But if you have no idea who they are, don’t worry because this piece will help you.
They will mentor and coach you on what you should do and what you shouldn’t do in order to succeed in the fashion model industry, and they will also give you the opportunity to showcase your talent when they win contracts.
Some notable ones are SilverBird Group, Ashby International Modelling, Twins Talent Agency, Model Mart Management, ModelInfinity, Panache and so many others.
Visit the agency and make sure you have your hot pictures . You may be asked to pose for a headshot and catwalk. Don’t be discouraged if most agencies reject you.
Remember the popular American model, Tyra Banks was rejected by four agencies, and she was considered an “ugly duckling” that discovers model wannabes on her popular show, America’s Next Top Models.
So, if you wish to become a fashion model in Nigeria, you may want to pay a visit to an agency today.
Note that before you consider building a career in fashion modelling you must be between 18 and 28 years, slim and not with big breasts, else you may just have a hard time in the industry.
Fashion modelling is growing rapidly in Nigeria and must be encouraged because it is entertaining to Nigerian of all age groups; fashion modelling harnesses and showcases the beauty potentials of Nigeria to the world; it empowers our women by helping them build a career in it (source of employment) and gives our women the opportunity to showcase their beauty and talents to Nigerians and get suitors.
You can now to see that you can become a fashion model in Nigeria with this guide.
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