by Yemi Olowu
Abiola Adeyemi is a 20-year-old model, who has walked in various high profile shows like Arise Magazine fashion week, Mtn Lagos fashion week and more. She gives us a peek into her life as a young model.
“I am always the happiest woman on earth whenever I’m on the runway.”
Tell us how you were discovered?
I was discovered during the Elite model look competition in 2010. My modelling career has been going smoothly,with Elohor as my manager and God by my side.
How long have you had the passion to become a model?
I’ve had the passion for modelling since I was in secondary school, but my father never allowed me, he said I wouldn’t until I pass out with flying colours. I graduated in 2007 and started modelling in 2009.
Who are your inspirations?
My inspirations are, Alek Wek because of her strong look, Heidi Klum because of her wonderful body, and Milen because she glides on the runway.
Who are the designers you have worked with?
Black Cofee (South Africa), Bridget Awosika, Bunmi Koko, Deola Sagoe, Ituen Basi, Jewel by Lisa, Kluk CDGT (South Africa), Samantha Cole (London), Maki Oh and others.
Tell us about your family, do they support your career choice?
My family especially my mum has been very supportive from the beginning, she loves modelling because I love it too, she even told me she wanted to model (laughs), and my siblings have been very supportive too, they love it when I model because it makes me happy, it makes them happy and they get to see me in magazines 😉
What are the challenges you face as a model?
There are so many challenges in modelling, from getting a manager, to going for castings, working with a stylist. And most importantly getting to meet so many aspiring models at castings, the fact that we have so many beautiful girls in Nigeria makes it even more challenging.
What agency are you signed on to?
I am with Elohor Aisien’s Beth model management.
What has been your job best yet?
Arise fashion week has been my best so far, I got the opportunity to work with international designers, models, and also stylists.
Can we know your statistics?
What is the biggest beauty mistake you ever made?
The biggest beauty mistake I have ever made is having my facials done, now I can see some pimples on my face and black heads.
What is the best trick you’ve learnt from a make-up artist?
That you can use three shades of foundation to make you look like you have the best facial structure ever. Thanks to House of Tara.
What makes you feel beautiful?
My body makes me feel beautiful, I love and adore my body. Infact my body is my treasure.
Runway or Ad campaigns?
I love both ad campaigns and runway, but most importantly ”I love the runway”. I am always the happiest woman on earth whenever I’m on the runway.
Have you done anything as a model that you wish you hadn’t?
Nothing really, maybe wearing black heels at MAI’s show for Virgin Atlantic instead of red (laughs).
Your thoughts on the modelling industry in Nigeria?
Nigerian modeling really has a long way to go, but thank God we are improving and are getting there, I guess we’re taking it step by step.
Any advice for aspiring models?
Stay focused, determined and by this you have to really love modelling to make it in the industry. This industry can make you or break you, depending on how strong you are. So you have to stay strong.
How often do you work out?
Just once a week.