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  The modelling industry in Nigeria is a very competitive industry. The number of young men and women aspiring to become models in Nigeria seem to increase daily. Finding big modelling gigs is not a piece of cake. Modelling gigs that pay very well usually prefer the services of well known and popular models. It is therefore mandatory to know some tips as an aspiring model in Nigeria.
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Models do not work in isolation. They partner with different stakeholders in the fashion industry. They work with photographers, make-up artists, fashion designers, hairstylists and others to create the look needed for their job. These stakeholders work collectively in making sure that the model’s look is appropriate for the job. Irrespective of the wide array of specialists models have at their disposal, they are responsible for how they portray themselves. Aspiring models are always overwhelmed by the do’s and don’ts of the industry. While some are lucky to have a good headstart, others have to figure out everything on their own. No matter the category you fall under, you will find these tips useful as an aspiring model in Nigeria.
  1. Know what modelling is all about

If you still think that because you have a certain physical appearance you have automatically won a lottery ticket to being the next top model in Nigeria, you are wrong. No doubt, physical appearance plays a huge part in becoming a model, however it is a small percent when compared to other things you need to have and do. 
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As an aspiring model, you should spend quality time to research modelling. A model is someone that is efficient and a hard worker. You must be able to walk and pose in different ways when necessary.
  1. Take care of your appearance

As an aspiring model, you need to take care of your body. It goes beyond being facially attractive. You need to take care of all your body parts.  You should know at this point, the type of modelling you want to venture into. However, you can still explore other options if you are just starting. Different types of modelling gigs require different body specifications. Always sleep well, eat healthy foods daily, exercise, take care of your skin, etc. Taking care of your appearance as an aspiring model is paramount.
  1. Look for open casting calls

As an aspiring model, always look for modelling opportunities for you to show your talent and make money. An aspiring model is a model that wants to be known. For you to be known, you have to be seen. One of the best ways to become a model is by going to an open casting call. Open casting call is synonymous with auditions aspiring actor and actresses attend.
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Most open casting call are usually organized by modelling agencies that want to recruit new models to their organization. An open casting call is a great way for new talents to advance their career.
  1. Follow modelling agencies and successful models on social media.

Aspiring models should follow relevant modelling pages on their social media platforms. It is a great way to know more about modelling. You can source for verified information, get modelling opportunities and the likes by following these pages on social media.


These modelling tips will help aspiring models to easily navigate the cumbersome modelling industry in Nigeria. The tips explained above will not work unless they are done judiciously. Featured Image source: Connect Nigeria 
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This article was first published on 21st June 2022


My name is Agbagba Bukola. I write about the business and exciting world of fashion.

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