Modeling is beyond running through the runway, says ex-beauty queen

Miss Nigeria in 1989, Wunmi Ogunbiyi, and currently a General Manager with Zenith Bank Plc on Saturday advised models to tap into other aspects still untapped.

She said that modeling was beyond just being a model in present day Nigeria.

Ogunbiyi, 49, who was Miss Nigeria in 1989 and had 28 years of experience in modeling said that other areas of modeling waiting to be explored include: model directors, agents, managers.

She listed others as: establishing modeling agencies, masterclass modeling schools and more.

She said this during the maiden “Style by Zenith” fair, in the modelling masterclass session with the theme: “Modelling Masterclass” held at Oniru, Lagos.

The ex-beauty queen said that most intending models had embraced fashion, photography, commercial, editorial, clothing, runway modeling over the years but had failed to groom other aspects.

She said other aspects were equally lucrative and would encourage the growth of the nation’s modeling industry.

”Intending models can also embrace being a modeling instructor, director, agent and even establishing masterclass modeling schools which are very few in Nigeria now.

”Embracing these aspects of modeling will give room for a sporadic growth of the modelling industry because a lot of intending models are out there waiting to be trained,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the “Style by Zenith” fair was organised by Zenith Bank and Fashion One to showcase fashion, media, automobile, food, accessories, music and art industry’s products.

Intending models were enlightened on what to do to become super models by local and international resource personnel at the fair.

Over 200 exhibitors displayed their products at the fair.

Earlier, Tarmar Awobotu, a Nigerian supermodel, shared some lifestyle routines that could be imbibed by aspiring models to make them become outstanding models.

She said that a model should always eat heathy foods, engage in exercising, maintaining good hygiene, taking a lots of water, and maintaining healthy skin.

”As an outstanding model, you must ensure you take proper care of your skin, eat healthy, exercise, maintain a moderate shape, good hygiene, take lots of water,” she said.

Awobotu said that every model should aspire to be supermodels which signified their level of consistency on the job over time.

”Supermodels have worldwide reputation and are well paid. So, every model must aspire to be supermodel and this only comes when you are consistent.

”Don’t take just any job that comes to you, pick up the unique ones that will sell you as a model,” she said.

Also Bonang Metheba, a South-African Television Personality, urged models to explore various social media platforms to showcase their potential in modeling like the artistes.

She also told models to re- evaluate themselves if they had passion for the profession as there would be no remarkable growth if they did not have passion for their career.

Mr Akin Ogunranti, the General Manager of the bank, advised visitors to patronise the bank for them to benefit from it.

”Open an account with us today and we will support you financially in pursuing your desired career.

”We will open all account free for you here at the fair,” he said.

NAN reports that the fair commenced on Dec. 29 and will end on Dec. 30.

Artists such as: Simi, Adekunle Gold, Kizz Daniel, Mayorkun, Wande Coal, Burna Boy, Timaya, 2Baba and Waje thrilled visitors at the fair.

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