by Yemi Olowu
Wasiu is a 27 year old Nigerian, who currently resides in Moscow. He has done every kind of modelling, you name it – runway, commercial, underwear, catalogue, swimwear, and also nude art.
“Well, there are lots of challenges, I can’t mention all. You have to be prepared at all times, you can’t add weight, and can’t loose weight. Sometimes when I go for casting, out of like 200 white guys, I would be the only black guy.”
How were you discovered?
I was discovered by a photographer online. We worked together and created some professional images, which was what I submitted to various agencies.
How long have you had the passion to become a model?
I use to love watching models on TV. I was so young, but then, didn’t see a lot of it on Nigerian stations.
Who are your inspirations?
Actually, I wasn’t inspired by anyone in the beginning, but recently I started digging Tyson Beckford’s style and his ways to success.
Who are the designers you have worked with?
Actually I cant count, but I have worked with Bruno Bananni, Olaf Benz, X.O Men, Estel Adoni, Florange e.t.c
What’s the support from your family like?
It’s been positive, all the way through.
Do you wish to pursue other ventures in the fashion business?
Not really. I’d rather pursue a future in acting.
What are the challenges you face as a model?
There are lots of challenges, I can’t mention all. You have to be prepared at all times, you can’t add weight, and can’t lose weight. Sometimes when I go for casting, out of like 200 white guys, I’d be the only black guy.
What agencies do you belong with?
I actually work with different agencies – I don’t have contract with any.
What job has been your best yet?
I think the ad campaign for Olaf Benz, and the Ochkarik Ray Ban sunglasses campaign.
What are you working on right now?
That’s a secret for now, but when it works out, we all shall see.
What are your statistics?
Height: 184 Cm
Cloth – 48/50
Hips – 94 cm
Hair – black / dreadlock
Shoes – 43
Hair length: medium
Eye color: black
What was the biggest grooming mistake you ever made?
Shaving off my goatee. That made me look strange, like a little kid.
Your thoughts on the modelling industry in Nigeria?
I never modelled in Nigeria, but I heard there is a lot of corruption with the agencies.
How often do you work out?
Four times a week, and it also depends on my mood.
Any advice for aspiring models?
If you want it, then you can do it, just go for it, but remember nothing good comes easy. You will face a lot of challenges like rejection, but don’t give up.
Photos: Wasiu Okanlawon