On today’s episode of Ot’chik moments, we interviewed Esther Dammy Jinadu, a model, digital creator and fast growing entrepreneur.
In the following paragraphs, Jinadu expresses how keen she is in bringing her creative mind to reality through writing and taking pictures.
How did you come to be a model and what was (were) your inspiration?
Modeling came naturally to me through my writing; usually when I write poems sometimes I envision a picture almost like a cover for each poem and that way I started modeling by bringing these pictures to life.
What does your typical day as a model of your status look like?
A typical day for me actually consists of school, my 9-5 job, and also taking time to network with other creatives like photographers and working on creative ideas for a shoot.
The modeling industry is quite dominated by people who see nudity as way of expressing confidence in their bodies. As someone who is often posing for cameras, how do you see nudity in entertainment and is it something you’re comfortable with?
When it comes to nudity I believe people tend to be bias especially in a world whereby modeling has no size anymore. I believe people choose and pick who they want to bash when it comes to nudity meanwhile the point of being a model is being able to be comfortable in your own skin and helping people with the same body type gain confidence. Another issue is viewers judge nudity on social media almost like it’s okay on the runway but inappropriate for the gram. And they tend to forget that modeling is a type of art on its own and you can’t tell an artist how to express themselves through their own creativity, it kinds of defeats the point of art in itself.
What has been the most surprising element of your job?
The most surprising element of modeling I’ll say is posing for the camera is not as easy as it seems especially when you work with different creatives it actually takes a little time to get comfortable with who’s behind the camera, and others that might be around. But you get used to it at some point.
What challenges did you encounter while pursuing your career as a model and how have you been able to overcome them?
The challenge one might face as a model/ aspiring influencer is that at the beginning you sort of have to invest in yourself from paying for sessions to paying for outfits.
Having done so much for yourself in this short while, how do you want people to see/ define you and your style?
I would like people to see my style as raw and artistic, basically me in my own element just exploring different levels of creativity.
If you could pick any celebrity or model to work with, whom will it be? Why?
If I could pick any celebrity to work with or model with it’ll be Naomi Campbell because she’s the best to ever do it and Nicki Minaj because she’s my favorite artist.