The Nigerian modeling industry right now is like a war front. In runways, commercials and studios, models are simply on their A-game.

Even new models are not safe from this endless competition. OT’Chik Models got this first hand information from a fashion model, who has only been in the industry for few months now. Gbemisola Aina, a 17 year old fashion enthusiast, shares her experience of how she was able to overcome her major challenge, inferiority complex, when she just joined the modeling industry.

What inspired you to become a model and how long have you been modeling?

What inspired me to modeling is my passion for it . Modeling is a lifestyle for me. I have been modeling for 6 months now.


Did you face any challenge while chasing this passion and how were you able to overcome it?

While chasing this passion of mine, I felt inferior. I thought maybe I couldn’t fit in as most fashion models are extremely tall. I just had to believe in myself. I believe I can do much better as long as I’m focused. And that was how I was able to overcome this challenge of mine. Ever since then, I’ve been doing quite well for myself.

What excites you most about the modeling industry and what major problem could you point out that exists in the industry?

What excites me most about the modeling industry is the High Fashion Class, the runway… I’ve always been looking forward to getting on the runway. (Chuckles)
The major problem I can point out that exists in the modeling industry is the sexual harassment of some models. It’s one thing I hope is curtailed soon enough.


Who is your favorite celebrity model in terms of fashion and lifestyle? Why?

That would be Naomi Campbell. She inspires me a lot. She’s a good mentor.


Where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years?

I see myself farther than where I am presently. Also, fulfilling my dreams and being a top Model.


  • Posted September 19, 2020
    by Kolawole

    Thanks for this piece Aina

  • Posted September 19, 2020
    by Ene Chioma

    I’ve always wanted to know how I can fight this inferiority complex. The truth is there is no principle on fighting it, you just have to learn to believe in yourself. Nice one Gbemisola

  • Posted September 19, 2020
    by Seyitan

    Please can I gave your contact Aina. There are some question I want to ask you

  • Posted September 19, 2020
    by Mercy

    Do you even think sexual harassments will be ending anytime soon. Lol

  • Posted September 19, 2020
    by Comfort Aina

    Nice one Gbemisola,inferiority complex has killed many dreams out there because of the fear of what people will say. Am glad you believed in yourself which is what I encourage most young minds out there to be doing. Believed in yourself first then the world would adjust.

  • Posted September 19, 2020
    by J.O

    I think the inferiority complex is one of the challenges you can’t avoid in modelling and to conquer it you need determination and persistency till you get to a point where you no longer feel intimated ’cause you’re a top or very close to being a top model… Remember the word PERSISTENCY

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