There is this general misconception from a vast majority of people about the job of a model and its intricacies. Unfortunately, this results in beauty talents facing discrimination from some members of the society.
So, we want to look at this from two perspectives; from the eyes of the average man in the society and a model’s. In an exclusive interview with OT’Chik Models, a fashion model brought into light the recurring issues that bring about this misconception and a possible solution.
This is Cambel, a model, influencer and fitness guru who hails from Akwa Ibom State in South-South Nigeria. Before delving right into her opinion on this issue, let’s dig in to her background a little bit…
How did your journey to become a model and beauty influencer begin and how long have you been in this field?
I started modeling at the age of 16 with an agency in Eket Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom state. Up till this moment, I’ve been involved in lots of adverts for several brands in my state.
What challenges did you encounter while pursuing this career?
I didn’t face much challenges. Perhaps it was because I never took it as a major career. You know, I only jump at offers that relate to modeling and branding and not basically as a major thing.
Do you have any regrets so far?
Not really. I wouldn’t say I’ve had any. We all make mistakes in life, but it’s nothing life threatening.
What other interests do you pursue aside modeling?
I am a fashion entrepreneur. My brand name is cambelglitz. So, I would say I am a part time model and full time entrepreneur.
A lot of models face degradation and discrimination from members of the society, particularly because of the way and style they dress, have you ever experienced such and what do you think is the solution to this menace?
I haven’t experienced such. Although, I know a couple of others who have. In my opinion, I feel why society degrades models is due to the way some agencies turn it to be. Some agencies portray their models in bad light. For instance, encouraging prostitution. But we need to come to the realization that models are not prostitutes.
Where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years?
I see my self living and fulfilling my dreams