Have more than five people ever complimented you, telling you how beautiful, handsome and structured your body is? Do you have sexy abs and curves that sometimes, you have been urged to delve into the modelling industry? If so, you need to consider modeling as a profession. To become a model, you don’t need to look like a Roman god or goddess. With the right skin treat, diet and exercise, virtually anyone can become a model. Even if you’re not looking amazing now as you read this, that still doesn’t purport the fact that you can be the model you dream of. All it takes is a step.
In this article, allow me to walk you through on how you can become a model here in Nigeria, not just any model, a super model. I have seen many people who dream of exhibiting their beauty to the world but because of doubt and fear of failure, remained stuck in an ugly dark rut. If you can take just a step today, you will be able to live the life of your dream.
Now, what’s the first step every prospective model must take to excel in the modeling industry here in Nigeria? It’s not rocket science though, it’s actually something that can easily be done. All it takes is determination and a positive mindset. Let’s Start!
HOW TO BECOME A MODEL IN NIGERIA
1. WORK ON YOUR PHYSIQUE
One of the attributes that usually set models aside from other individuals is their physique. Their appearance is their assets and when it’s out of proportion, can spell doom. As a young aspiring model, meet your dietitian for him to proscribe the right diet that won’t leaving you starving nor make you look plump. As a young man, make sure your abs, chest, butt and legs are worked on.. If you’re a lady, your greatest assets will be your boobs and butt. Work on them, check on various YouTube channels to get the right exercise that will give you the dream YOU. At this stage, you have to suffer to get that hot sexy body. Not only will they benefit you in your career as a model, they also improve your health tremendously.
2. WORK ON YOUR FACE
What use is a great looking body without a beautiful or cute looking face? To become a model, not just any model, you need to work on your face.. Have a glowing facial skin. Find the perfect face cream.. Make sure you experiment with various products before settling for one. We all have our flaws, it’s your duty to minimize them and enhance that which makes you beautiful or handsome. It could be your eye, your nose, your lips. Whatever brings out the best in you, enhance it the more. According to research, drinking lots of water a day helps reduce wrinkles and old age.. Capitalize more on fruits, vegetables and water. They are the best doctors in the world.
3. YOUR HAIR
Every hair style is not going to fit you. Because the hair style suits Tom perfectly doesn’t mean it will fit you.. Most of these are usually determined by your head size and shape. It is oval, oblong etc.? Hit the salon to find out. Experiment with different hairstyles until you find that which suits you naturally. Knowing your shape of head will not only help you choose the right hairstyle, it helps in choosing the right eye glasses.
4. YOUR WALKING STYLE
The beauty that comes with a good walking style cannot be overemphasize. If you have a bad walking step, take some tutorials to correct them. There are lots of materials and videos that will help you actualize that. I have seen great looking models kicked out of the runway simply because they walked horribly. I have also seen many others fall on stage. Most of these are accidents and are inevitable no doubt, but most of these embarrassing moments would have been averted had they inculcated a good walking style. Make sure you have a good mirror, walk and admire yourself. Practice.. Keep practicing till you get better and better. Although this is mainly for Runway models, but whichever category you aspire, having a great walking step is an advantage.
5: BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO
To have an edge when applying to work for a modelling agency, you first need to have an impressive portfolio. In this era of social media, that can easily be done. Get a good and creative photographer and have him take shots from different angles. Don’t be shy to try something new. To have a professional looking portfolio, please create a personal blog. Creating a blog is almost free.
TYPES OF MODELS
To become a model, you have to determine which niche you want to operate on. Below are the types of modelling.
1. FASHION MODELS
This type of models includes high fashion models and you can see them around popular magazine covers like Genevieve Magazine and they work mainly for top fashion designers such as Gucci, Valentino, Prada etc.. To be in this category, you have to be 6’0″ high and extremely slim. Their measurement is 33-23-33. Depending on the modeling agency, they might be looking at other features also.
2. COMMERCIAL MODELS
Anyone can be in this category, the requirements isn’t strict like fashion category. You can be a commercial model irrespective of your height, colour or size and its usually for product promotion.
Those you see on playboy magazines belong to this category and their requirements can be somehow strict. You have to have an amazing physique with a cute sleek face. Their aim is to appear sexy and seducing.
They are usually referred to as catwalk models and that’s probably because of how they walk during a runway exhibition. Their height might be a little lower that of a fashion model, like 5’9″. They have an amazing body that can fit into any cloths they are to demonstrate. Their measurement is 34-23-34. To become a model, you have to work for it by attaining the requirements. The harder the rules, the better the pay.
There are also many other categories you can belong to as a model.. Go on an in dept research to find out the one that suits you.
MODELLING AGENCIES IN NIGERIA
To become a model, you have to work under some agencies.. Here is a few reputable modeling agencies in Lagos, Nigeria and their order of listing is based on their google business rating.
1. Y-RAY MODELS
ADDRESS: Kayode Animashaun Street, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
Review: This agency have a pretty good rating on Google business listing and their location can easily be found using Google Map.
2. BETH MODELLING AGENCY
ADDRESS: 5B Karimu Kotun St, Victoria Island, Lagos
Review: I don’t know much about the agency. But from numerous sources online, they seem to be doing well in the industry.
3. JC MODELS NIGERIA
ADDRESS: Suite 005 One Nation Garden Hotel – 4th Avenue Festac, Lagos
Review: This Nigerian modelling agency have a 4 star rating and seems to be doing well in the industry.
4. ANACONDA MODELLING AGENCY [CLOSED]
ADDRESS: 7/9 Sawyer Crescent, Gbagada Estate, Phase 1, By Corona School, via Anthony Bus Stop, Obanikoro Lagos.
Review: According to Google, this agency is closed but their Star rating is very impressive. Perhaps they might make a return soon.
5. GLORIA KELVIN
ADDRESS: 276 Tosin Adesola Avenue, Victoria Island Lagos
Review: The name of this agency looks like one owned by one individual. That however is far from the truth. They rank high as among the best modeling agency here in Nigeria.
Becoming a model here in Nigeria isn’t a fearful journey. All you need is a positive mindset and a great appearance. Once you’ve done your homework, you can easily become a model, not just a model, a super model in the country. Work on yourself, discover your niche and take a step. It all begins with a step. If this was helpful, don’t forget to share using the buttons below.