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Models are very intelligent people. They don’t just have an attractive physical appearance, they are beautiful within. Someone with a pessimistic mindset cannot be a successful model.

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An aspiring model must have firsthand information about modelling to avoid being misled. Without the right information, it will be a frustrating struggle.

The tips below are important for aspiring models in Nigeria (male and female).

1. Be versatile

Be prepared for any modelling gig. Versatile models have a higher chance of success. Your agency will train you to always be ready for different opportunities. On the other hand, you must submit to their training and instructions.

You cannot claim to be only a fashion model and not learn how to catwalk. What if you are given a runway gig. Also, if you don’t learn how to dance, what if a video vixen job comes.

There is nothing wrong with knowing your strengths and weaknesses. It is also fine for you to have your preferred genre in modelling. However, you have to loosen up and train yourself on other modelling gigs.

The best way to achieve this is to see all genres of modelling as a full package. As you become a master of your genre, endeavour to be a master of the rest.

2. Know the difference between modelling contests and professional modelling

Online modelling contests and stage pageantry are very good means to gain experience, training, money and exposure. Most of these modelling contests are held by sponsors or organizers. Anyone eligible can participate.

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In some of these contests, the winner is declared based on the number of votes amassed over time. You don’t necessarily have to be the best.

These modelling contests are distinct from professional modelling. You can win various online contests and still not have a successful modelling career. These contests are boosters, it is not the main thing.

When applying for modelling contests, always know that it is not the ultimate. Winning modelling contests doesn’t automatically make you a professional model.

3. Have a great manner of approach

You don’t expect to automatically become a professional model because you have flawless skin or a certain body type. Your manner of approach is very important. When writing to modelling agencies, be polite. Don’t just say ‘Hi, I am beautiful, I want to be a model’. No modelling agency will take you seriously.

When you see certain modelling pages post opportunities, be humble. Be humble enough to go to their DM and make enquires respectfully. Remember that you don’t have a career yet. Don’t start gisting or vibing with them. You should be formal in your manner of approach.

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Always go straight to the point. Don’t ask unnecessary questions. Be willing to answer relevant questions about yourself too. Respectfully accept or decline opportunities.

4. Beware of scammers

Another vital thing to look out for is scammers. Scammers mainly pose as modelling agencies. They rob unsuspecting aspiring models of their hard-earned money.

You always have to confirm every detail sent to you. Especially, if it requires you to send money for one thing or the other. Don’t be in a hurry. Ask for relevant details and crosscheck.

Be security conscious also. Don’t go to locations without the proper information. You can avoid being a victim of scammers and kidnappers. Always verify every detail again and again.


Overall, an aspiring model must research to know the prerequisite of modelling. It is terrible to claim to be a model without knowing what it is all about. The tips above are however vital as they will point you in the right direction.

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This article was first published on 7th July 2022


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

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