Blessing Azome is a Nigerian mannequin at present making waves in Ghana. She can also be expert in salsa dancing and bead making. In an fascinating dialog with MORAKINYO ABODUNRIN, the leggy mannequin spoke candidly about her foray onto the runway and a lot extra.

How did you get into modelling and what was the motivation for you rather than going into one thing else?

Rising up in Port-Harcourt, individuals all the time advised me that I appear like a mannequin. I’ve all the time been skinny, tall and leggy, however I by no means knew what modelling was till  I noticed Naomi Campbell on the Runway and  my life modified. At that second, I   knew this was what I wished to do for the remainder of my life. I got here from a household of tall individuals however my father was towards my alternative. He believed in training and insisted that I’ve to go to high school, graduate and earn a good residing. He was the one one which was not  cool with the concept. I’m not positive every other factor might be as fulfilling as this. When I’m on the runway, I really feel alive, when the garments promote out, I’m at my happiest.

What have been the challenges in the beginning and the way have been you capable of overcome it?

My main problem after I began was concern, as a result of I had nobody who inspired me to check out auditions. I used to be by myself, bugged down with the concern of under-performance: how will they see me, the place would I  begin from? My first public audition was Mercedes-Benz trend week in Ghana.It is among the most distinguished within the nation, and you might be no mannequin in case you are not but on it. I put my concern apart; I had missed numerous castings in Nigeria and Ghana then for being afraid. So, I stated to myself, ‘look for those who actually need to be a prime mannequin, you must be assured’ and what’s modelling if not confidence and boldness? I went forward and auditioned.  I met lots of people, I used to be given a reputation tag , when it obtained to my flip, I grew to become nervous, I panicked  however the man accountable for directing the fashions requested me to chill out and do my finest. I did my pose which was unsuitable and off.

Sadly, I had no formal coaching, I might hear them laughing and obtained a perhaps after the audition.  I went residence feeling unhappy however glad I auditioned; I by no means anticipated a name again. After they known as to tell me I made it, that was one of many happiest days of my life. And since then, it has been no extra concern,. I’m but to get to the highest however I’m assured now.

Inform us about some finest moments in your modeling profession?

My finest second I’ll say, occurred only recently, in March after I went for the Winneba Style Week right here in Ghana. Although I believed nobody appreciated me for being a mannequin. I used to be honoured in Winneba somewhat than in Accra the place I’ve completed my finest jobs! I additionally gained the very best feminine Mannequin final yr and I wasn’t on the present, I couldn’t make it although I used to be invited. All my finest moments occurred in a day; I do know it sounds unbelievable however that’s the reality. Instantly I obtained there, individuals seen me because the woman with the robust stroll, which I all the time need individuals to know me for. Designers wished me to stroll for them too, and on the finish of the present individuals really got here again stage to inform me they loved the present due to me, I used to be advised my stroll was wonderful they usually couldn’t cease admiring me.

To me that was every part I ever labored arduous for, if it have been to be in Europe or America I might have gotten a giant contract after that.

Have you ever had any expertise that makes you need to stop modelling?

Sure; I’ve had experiences that make me want to cease modelling. And that’s as a result of  I’m too skinny. Folks really feel I don’t eat meals, I’m anorexic, I’ve met scouts that suggested me to be on capsules to achieve weight, and it’s not a thin world in any case. At some extent, I really stop modelling for a while however later I needed to begin modelling as a result of I wasn’t comfortable. I’ve additionally been to castings the place I used to be knowledgeable to my embarrassment that they gained’t get me a gown to put on, as a result of I  am too slim, the designer has no fabric for me,  Wherever I hear that, it completely breaks my spirit, and for days i might be depressed and moody. However after I accepted myself for who I’m, I ended caring about what individuals say and I’ve been doing nice.

Who’re your mentors and function fashions in modelling?

Modelling in West Africa might be lonely and solo if you find yourself not linked. So, I’ve by no means been opportune to work with individuals I can look as much as; it’s virtually an “you might be by yourself” chilly place.

I learnt virtually every part I do know on YouTube watching Naomi Campbell and different tremendous fashions. So, my function mannequin is Naomi Campbell as a result of she evokes me lots, her stroll is wonderful similar to mine. She’s straight ahead and tells you issues to your face. That’s higher than backstabbing.

What was the very best present or competitors you will have participated in?

Glitz Style Present in Accra was my finest present thus far as a result of it brings numerous designers and fashions collectively from all components of the world, you get to satisfy individuals, make new mates. Whereby once they see you for the second time they’ll positively keep in mind you and that’s a plus. Glitz Style Present brings individuals collectively and that’s the very best factor about modelling, you get to study and meet completely different individuals from completely different nation.

How would you evaluate your modelling expertise in Nigeria with that of Ghana?

With regards to modelling, Nigeria is best than Ghana; fashions are nicely revered and organised in Nigeria and they’re paid nicely. The one distinction is that the competitors in Nigeria is approach too excessive in comparison with Ghana. I nonetheless want to stroll on main runways in Nigeria and I’m significantly planning in the direction of that…so, there’s a mannequin for hiring.

What makes a very good mannequin and what are your magnificence regimens?

What makes a very good mannequin is to know what modelling profession you need to pursue and work on your self to be the very best, earlier than going for modelling as a profession. There are several types of fashions, sadly, some fashions have no idea what fits them. So, you will need to know the place you slot in finest, model your self and work arduous to be the very best.

My magnificence routine? I train, not a health freak as a result of I’m already too skinny anyway

I wash my face not less than twice a day and by no means ever sleep with make-up,  irrespective of how drained  I’m. I’m additionally into moisturisers for the darkish pores and skin woman, sooner or later I would roll out my model of skincare vary.

How do you retain match and how much meals do you eat?

Really, I eat every part however I be certain that to train generally when I’ve the prospect to. I attempt to not eat late evening meals as a result of it makes you develop stomach fats.

In addition to modelling, what different issues do you do?

In addition to modelling, i dance Salsa and  Kimzomba and  I’m a bar tender.

What is going to you not be caught sporting as a mannequin?

Nothing. Is that not what modelling is all about? And I’ve the physique for it.

What recommendation will you give to aspiring fashions?

Begin early, be your self and don’t attempt to be like anybody as a result of you may solely be you. I will even inform them to work arduous to construct  their model, don’t await anybody and by no means quit.

What’s your life philosophy?

Do unto others, what you need them to do unto you.

How nicely have you ever coped beneath COVID-19 and what have you ever learnt about life because of this pandemic?

It has not been simple, everybody has been affected by it however what I’ve learnt is that we by no means know after we will die. So, use your time nicely and do the very best you may, assist others for those who can. No want for hate.

What could make you cry, indignant and snicker?   

Each time i’m being advised to achieve some weight.

What different private particulars will you wish to share with readers?

I like to coach fashions on the best way to catwalk.  I practice them personally and I even have a YouTube channel for that.  It’s iconblessingazome on YouTube, kindly search and subscribe.

 

BIODATA

 

Full Identify:                          Blessing Azome

Model Identify:                     Iconblessingazome

Gender:                               Feminine

Marital Standing:                 Single

Date of beginning:                     September 2

Faith:                              Christian

Top:                                 5”9

Instructional 

background:                       B.A in English

Occupation

Historical past:                                Mannequin; Bartender

Expertise:                                    Bead-making, Salsa

dancing, Modelling

Hobbies:                             Dancing, swimming,

music writing

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