How did you start modelling?
My first modelling gig was for a GAP denim campaign actually. I remember being stopped in Shoreditch(London) with a friend of mine because we had afro’s and were rocking African wax prints from our clothing line and they spotted us and wanted to use us for their campaign because they loved our vibe. Since then its been on and off really
Tell us what are you into besides modelling?
I’m also an artist, photographer and graphic designer, so basically I love everything that evolves around art or design. If you don’t find me infront or behind the camera, then you’ll find me painting for hours on end and if not you’ll find me the kitchen baking. I love to bake, brownies, cakes, cheesecakes, you name it.
Have you always wanted to be a model?
The funny thing is I never considered myself to be a model, I use to just tell everyone ‘I just stand and take pictures’, I was in denial HA! No actually, I always wanted to be a fashion designer since I was five, so I would rather prefer to design the clothes being worn by models but modelling for me is pretty fun and exciting. It pushes me outside of my comfort zone like the rare instance where I modelled in the snow, I was freezing for sure!
What is a must have when you do photoshoots?
Not much really apart from two things I can’t do without- music and chocolate. These really get me going
How would you describe your style?
Hmm, It’s a mix really. Most of the times it’s either super smart or smart casual. So going to lectures and classes, I would wear a dress shirt with joggers and trainers or switch it up with jeans or dress trousers with brogues. It changes every year I think. Depends how I feel, if I like it and if it looks good then I don’t care what anybody says…I’ll wear it. The best person to be is yourself, just how God has made you to be.
You said you’re an artist right?
Yes I am! Before I’m anything I’m an artist. Drawing, painting and sculpture but painting is my number one. I love working with acrylic paints because it enables me to work faster. I’m into portraiture mostly, there’s just something about capturing a person’s character, passion and essence onto a canvas.
Who is your favorite artist?
That’s a tough one! I’ve got a list but I’ll name a few – Yinka Shonibare, Ron Mueck, Lucian Freud, Kehinde Wiley and Chuck Close.
Do you come from an artistic background?
I do actually. My older sister is also a designer, my mother use to be a designer and an artist and my grandmother was a seamstress so I think the creative streak runs in the blood for sure especially from my maternal side.
Did you grow up with a large family?
I’ve got two older siblings but growing up we always had our extended family around, uncles, aunts and cousins, so I always had a big family around.
What do you do in your free time?
I’m actually a masters student currently studying Architecture at De Montfort University so that takes up most of my time- interesting but pretty stressful, can’t complain too much though because I did choose the course, HA! But if I’m not studying or modelling, then I’ll be painting, baking or trying to design something.
What’s the biggest city you’ve been to?
I’d like to say London but that doesn’t count because I live here HA! I haven’t really been to any big cities as such but would definitely love to travel to some and have that experience. If I’m not in Leicester or London then you’ll find me in Ghana where my parents, brother and most of family are based.
What’s your most favorite city to visit?
Definitely Accra, Ghana. The sun, the food, the vibrant colours and prints and most importantly it’s where I call home. Definitely somewhere everyone should visit atleast once in their life.
What countries do you have on your list to go to before you die?
I would love to go to America, China, Japan, Mexico and Brazil for sure. And New Zealand Seychelles definitely
Do you see yourself modelling in the future?
It’s definitely something I do for fun but I wouldn’t like to make into a full time profession and I don’t see myself doing it for long, definitely momentarily but nobody knows tomorrow.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
For one hopefully with a thick fully-grown beard, HA! I’d love to have my own architectural and interior design firm, a clothing line, have a few exhibitions for my portraiture pieces and a bakery/coffee shop. They always say if your dreams don’t scare you then they’re not big enough.
How can we follow you online?
You’ll mostly find me on Instagram on my personal page and my fashion blog page-
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