Nicole and I (Kike) had this chat over a few drinks (or lack there-of) at Marquee, in Lagos. It started off as an interview and ended up as a catch-up session! I’ve known Nicole for a number of years now and it’s such a joy seeing her doing so well in the Nigerian Fashion Industry.
She’s one of the hottest models Nigeria has to offer. She has worked with some of the biggest names in Nigerian Fashion and is easily one of the most sought after models today.
SBQ: When did you start modelling and why?
NC: I’ve been modelling since Secondary School. I was always in one fashion show or the other. I was so tall and skinny, I never saw myself as a model, I just wanted to play basketball! I started modelling a bit more seriously after my friend Isoken, sent a few of my pictures to modelling agencies behind my back! Before I knew what was happening, I was getting emails from different agencies and now I’m signed to one in Nigeria.
SBQ: Why do you love doing it?
NC: I love dressing up and modelling makes me feel like a bit of an exhibitionist. I get this adrenaline rush on the runway. It’s amazing!
SBQ: You’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Could you tell us some of them and who was your favourite to work with?
NC: I’ve worked with Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi (LDA), working with her was such a wonderful experience, probably my best so far. I’ve also worked with Tiffany Amber, Adebayo Jones (my most professional modelling experience ever), Jewel By Lisa, JD7 Couture (she’s such a great person to work with) , Zebra, MAI, Tae, Obsidian…
Nicole working with Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi
Nicole in Obsidian.
SBQ: What is your perception of the Nigerian Fashion Industry?
NC: It’s definitely getting better, that much I’ll say. There’s so much talent being discovered and also talent that’s yet to be discovered. I always say there is no such thing as “too many designers”; it is definitely a good thing that more designers are coming forward. Standards are also being raised with designers like Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi (LDA) and Lisa Folawiyo (JBL).
Nicole also had this to say about modelling in Nigeria and in general:
The new modelling agencies in Nigeria like Elite, for example, are giving models the opportunities to work internationally and this has not always been the case. It’s also a bit more competitive now because more models are starting to emerge. Very humbly, I feel like I I’m encouraging models to be known. Although this has worked against me in the past as some designers have turned me down regarding me as a “face”.
SBQ: Who inspires you the most?
NC: Ivanka Trump! She’s beautiful, she’s from a good family, she’s a model, she went back to school, she started a jewellery line. She’s done so much! I absolutely love her. She also inspires me because I also want to go back to school to get my Master’s, I still want to own a business, I still want to sit on the board of my father’s company.I’m also inspired by Naomi Campell, I mean who isn’t? She’s still fabulous at 40! GOD BLESS HER!
Nicole brought along some of her “favourite things” which of course I still have dreams of stealing.
This amazing clutch and ring. Both of which she bought from the monthly Sunday Market –Le Petit Marche.
Being the WonderWoman that she is, she also runs a line of organic hair products with Ada Ogunkeye called Ours By Juliada.
Hot oil treatments, conditioners, shampoos, carrot oils… all organic and affordable!
Ours By Juliada will be making their debut at this month’s LPM on the 28th of November at the GET Arena, between 12pm and 7pm.
Hope you’re enjoying our countdown so far!
Love & Light,