On today’s episode of OT’Chik Moments, we have in spotlight Farian Ayobami Dada, a beauty icon and commercial model.
Farian’s journey to becoming a model was not borne out of an innate desire to model. She tells her story of how she often got called by a make up artiste at a young age to be a muse.
Her natural beauty indeed got her lots of referrals and before one could say “Jack Robinson”, she started modeling on a bigger scale.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I wouldn’t say it has been easy because I know how many jobs I’ve turned down either because the team wasn’t serious or a member of the team picked a sexual interest in me. Some of them make inappropriate advances at me which I find very irritating and irresponsible.
There was also the challenge when it came to payment. Sometimes I get gigs and after fulfilling my part, I wouldn’t get paid and even if I did, there was unnecessary delay. It was quite difficult because so many times I had to use my personal funds for transportation and every other thing. It was pretty difficult for me as a teenager. You can only imagine how much I used to save because I wanted to go for a shoot.
What does your typical day as a model of your status look like?
(Chuckling) I don’t know how to describe it perfectly, but when you’re with the right team, they treat you like a princess and get everything sorted.
A typical day for me is simple; I wake up, pray and prep for my shoot for whatever day it was scheduled for.
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?
Well, the rate of nudity in the industry is alarming.
There was a time I went for a screening with an agency (name withheld) and they asked me to take nude pictures for the first time because they wanted to see how “confident” I was. I blatantly rejected the offer because I felt they were trying to take advantage of me as a little girl who had no older person accompanying me.
I don’t think nudity is a bad thing. Do whatever works for you. If you’re comfortable with it, go ahead. If not, don’t let anyone talk you into doing things you’d not like to do.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a commercial model, makeup artist and a student of Yaba Tech in Computer Science department
Having done so much for yourself in this short while, how do you want people to define you and your style?
I want to have a signature mark where people will see and be able to tell immediately that it’s me and I’m working towards that.
If you could pick any celebrity or model to work with, whom will it be? Why?
If I could pick any celebrity, it’ll be Adut Akech because she’s black, bold and super beautiful and she’s very unique. I’d really love to do her makeup too
You can follow her on Instagram Farian._