by Yemi Olowu
Eunice Olumide is a Nigerian model based in the UK; her portfolio is filled with the likes of ID Magazine, Dazed and Confused, New York Magazine and more. she’s currently billed to star alongside Brad Pitt in the upcoming feature movie, World War Z. Eunice was recently nominated for Model of the year at Scottish Fashion Awards, sponsored by Vogue. The judges were some of the biggest names in the fashion industry including the editor of Grazia, Vogue, the heads of Swarovski, Ralph Lauren and the British Fashion Council. Other nominees included Gerrad Butler, Tilda Swinton, Rakin, Henry Holland and Christopher Kane.
How were you discovered?
I was originally scouted aged 15 by Select models while in London for the summer while visiting my family.
How long have you had the passion to become a model?
As a bit of a tom boy I knew nothing of fashion and make up. This was the main reason why I did not start modelling until several years later. For me, modelling was such a foreign idea. Then after being scouted three other times in the UK and USA I decided to give it a go!
Who are your inspirations?
Lauryn Hill, Iman Mohammad Abdul Majid and Naomi Campbell
What jobs have you done so far?
I have shot and appeared in such publications as Dansk, Dazed & Confused, Tank Magazine, ID, London Fashion Week Daily, Luire Magazine Japan, New York Magazine, Bahrain Confidential, the cult classic WAD Magazine in Paris. I have graced the catwalks and worked with clients such as Christopher Kane, JJ Noki, NKWO, Bunmi Koko, Mulberry, New Look, Top Shop, Jill Saunder, Jacob Kimmie, Harris Tweed, Henry Holland, Gok Wan, Myleen Klass, Erin O’conner and Gio Pomadoro.
Modelling as a career, what’s the support from Your family like?
My family didn’t know much about fashion and still don’t. They are very traditional which I don’t necessarily think is a bad thing. I do however think I may have been more successful if they had, but I believe everything happens for a reason.
Do You wish to pursue other ventures in the fashion business? What would it be?
Well, it’s a bit of a secret but I was always great at design and gained grade A in Higher education art as well as graphic design in school. I would love to make my own collection and also get into styling. I have also just set up a small PR company through the Princes Business Youth Trust in Public Relations called Enigmatic Production & Promotion to utilise the many connections I have made which I hope to push in later years.
What are the challenges you face as a model?
I find being darker skinned and having natural Afro hair can stop me from getting jobs. Client seem to want the mixed race look with the big massive Afro that are very very difficult to achieve. I hate being made to wear weaves and extensions, I don’t feel like me but unfortunately the world view of beauty is long straight hair, for example just look at the recent winner of X-factor in the UK Alexandra Burk. She did an advert for a hair company, Head and Shoulders, and she’s wearing a wig!!!!!
What agencies do You belong with?
Ford, AMQ, Colours, Ghetz and I’m currently in talks with Elite. Over the years I have also been with Premier, KOKO, Mega and IMM.
What job has been your best yet?
I really enjoyed Mercedes Benz New York Fashion week it was so much fun.
What are You working on right now?
I like to do a lot of charity and raise money for the Well Foundation, LMHR and CHAS. I have also started to get into acting with a featured role alongside Brad Pitt in the new film ‘WWZ’ and also with Scotland’s very own Gary Lewis who has starred in ‘Gangs of New York’, ‘The Escapist’, ‘Shallow Grave’ and ‘Billy Elliot’.
Can we know your statistics?
Shoe: 6 12.
What is the biggest beauty mistake you ever made?
Hmmm! I don’t ever wear make up and love to be natural, but I remember when I was starting high school they didn’t sell African foundation in any of the shops and I didn’t know the difference between European foundation and what was good for my skin. I went to school wearing foundation that was about 10 shades too light. At the time it was heart breaking, now it’s just funny.
What is the best trick You’ve learnt from a make-up artist?
Caramex lip salve rocks!
What makes you feel beautiful?
When my skin is well moisturised.
Have you done anything as a model that you wish you hadn’t?
Letting other models make you feel down or not good enough.
Your thoughts on the modeling industry in Nigeria?
I just arrived in Nigeria a few days ago, since then I have done a fashion show for Koture Afrika and Fashion TV at the Four Seasons Sheritan hotel and I have upcoming shoots for Mania Magazine and Complete Fashion Magazine.
How often do you work out?
Any advice for aspiring models?
Be realistic, your look might not be right for fashion.