This is Mayowa Nicholas – The Nigerian supermodel changing the face of the modeling as we would know it. Shooting global campaigns and walking runway shows for almost all the notable fashion brands in the world, in SCHICK’s fall issue themed ‘The Fashion Issue’ available on newsstands from November 7th in select stores, we spend the afternoon with the strikingly beautiful face at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and talk growing up, the local & international fashion industry, dating and what really goes on behind the runway shows. Ms.Nicholas bares all and gets candid on being ‘the model of the moment’ and one of the most sought-after faces in the modeling industry across the continent and beyond.
Here is a sneak peek of the cover story, styled by Osayuwamen Ogbebor and photographed by Remi Adetiba.
On her Proudest Moments:
“My proudest moments are getting signed to Elite Model Management because that birthed my career and shooting the Fall/Winter 16 Miu Miu campaign in London. I also still can’t believe I walked Chanel. I was really gunning for it and I was so shocked when I got word that Karl Lagerfeld was at the fitting. I never thought I would be in that position.”
On Diversity within the International Modelling Scene:
“If I walk into a casting with five black girls already there, I know I’m not guaranteed that spot because the designers will pick just one or two of us. [Black models] have to work so much harder to get that spot, some brands are embracing us now but it’s certainly not where it needs to be yet.”
“I think people have this misconception that models get guys easily but it’s so hard. First of all, we move around too much to keep anything stable, we think we’ll be back home in two months but our booker could keep us for another four months and then you don’t get to see your boyfriend.”
On Her Confident Walk:
“I don’t want to fall! I also want to exude the vibe of the designer I’m wearing because they have faith in me to sell their clothes. Once I get on the runway, there is just this power, I can’t describe it. I just feel strong and grateful to be walking, maybe that’s why I look confident – I’m grateful. I usually have a song stuck in my head and I strut to it.”
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The digital version of SCHICK Magazine is on sale on the 25th of October at www.iamschick.com/buy or you can buy the print version from the 3rd of November on select newsstands nationwide.