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  When many aspiring models are asked why they want to become models, they say things like, ‘I am tall’, ‘I am slim’ and ‘I have a beautiful face’. As an aspiring model, If that is all you have to say about modelling, then you are on the wrong track. Being a model is not a piece of cake. It is a career that requires hardwork and exposing yourself to the right information.
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This article will give a detailed explanation on the steps you should take to become a model in Nigeria. It is pertinent that you carefully read through as all the answers you seek lie within.
  1. Know your statistics
As an aspiring male or female model, you should know your height, weight, chest size, waist size, hair colour, eye colour, dress size, shoe size and more.  These are usually asked by prospective clients or modelling agencies. Not having this information is like claiming to be an engineer, but you don’t know the materials needed for construction. Knowing your statistics will help you choose the right category.
  1. Choose a modeling category
There are different types of models: runway models, fitness models, fashion models, lingerie models, commercial models, etc. A fitness model has to be built or muscular, while a commercial model needs to have a friendly appearance. If you are not comfortable with wearing lingerie to pose for the camera, you cannot be a lingerie model.
  1. Have a portfolio
Your modelling portfolio is more or less your CV. It is a compliation of pictures of you posing for the modelling category you want to fit into.  When taking pictures for your portfolio, you have to employ the service of  a professional photographer, because you want your pictures to look good and as professional as possible. The pictures need to highlight your body features accurately. Avoid editing your pictures. Do not wear makeup when taking your pictures. It is advisable to use a plain background like light grey or off-white background colour.
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  1. Get trained
In Nigeria, no secondary school or university teaches you how to become a model. You can train yourself by working on your poses, learn how to walk in heels as a lady, learn to be comfortable with looking at the camera and having your pictures taken. Also, have a healthy lifestyle. You can also look out for professional photographers that take test shots for models. Keep on training and getting yourself ready for opportunities. There are also modelling schools you can attend in Nigeria.
  1. Put yourself out there
No one will sign you or give you a gig if they don’t even know you exist.  As an aspiring model in Nigeria, you can have and build a social media presence, many models have been discovered through that medium. You should also attend fashion shows where you are likely to come in contact with professional photographers, stylists, makeup artists or even modelling agencies. You can also apply for modelling gigs with your portfolio. Be consistent in putting yourself out, it should not be done once in a blue moon.
  1. Find the right modelling agency
Finding a modelling agency in Nigeria can be quite difficult and challenging, because of the politics involved. However, this should not deter you from your dream. Many modelling agencies hold contests and casting events all over the country, but especially in Lagos, Abuja and Portharcourt. You can also approach modelling agencies with your portfolio. With the advent of technology, you can apply to modelling agencies online through their online platforms. Online applications are usually very easy, just make sure you read the instructions carefully. Some modelling agencies in Nigeria you can look out for are: Beth Model Management, ISIS Model Africa, Zahara Models, Few Models, Fowler Models, GI Models, Catch 22 Models, Wave Model Management. Now that you know what you have to do, you can now meticulously plan to become a model, probably one of the best and top models in Nigeria. References DNB stories Africa Box Models Agency Entlifeonline Featured image Source: Xtremeloaded
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This article was first published on 10th March 2022


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

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