“My parents didn’t know about my modelling career for a long time” – Teminikan

There’s been a longstanding debate on what it takes to be a fashion model & beauty pageant. Many argue it’s beyond beauty, but they couldn’t be any more wrong. Many models desire to be successful fashion models but very few would be. YC was able to catch up with a fast-rising model known as Teminikan. We had an interesting conversation and here is what she had to say about herself.

Please introduce yourself?

I am a student of Agriculture at the University of Ibadan and I am also into modeling. I also represent Zaron cosmetics as one of their brand ambassadors at the moment.

So how was it growing up?

I grew up in a very religious family and my parents were the very strict type. I basically grew up having no friends. I couldn’t visit friends and friends couldn’t visit me as well. I got dissed a lot for my skinniness but I was very much the geek (loved the books )then, so I really didn’t mind.

Since you said you are a geek I want to assume you did not have to wait before getting admission into the University?

I did wait, I wrote WAEC and passed with mostly A’s and I think 2Bs and then I had a C. But my father asked me to rewrite. So I rewrote gave him what he wanted which was a mix of As and Bs and went on to University.

How did you start your modeling career?

I started building my career from my 100level days, I have always had this dream growing up. People commend my face for being spectacular and my stature. Growing up I loved looking at magazines and billboards wishing I was the one on the pages. So immediately an opportunity came up in my first year to do a photoshoot, I went in headlong.

How did your parents find out and how did they take the news?

They didn’t find out until my 4th year in university and they were really angry. They called a family meeting and they practically asked me to stop. But I did some explaining and simply said I can’t. It’s what I love to do and I couldn’t stop.

How did you feel for four years not telling your parents about your carrier path?

I felt a bit unfair like I was doing something bad. I was glad when they eventually found out, It brought a lot of relief.

What is your advice for young Nigerians going through the same problems?

I would say they should stand their grounds. When they shine, their parents would come around. However, they need to know what they are doing.

When was your first big break in your modeling career?

Gtbank fashion weekend campaign was my first big break in 2016. This was 2 years into my modeling career. I felt elated and want to do more. Since then I have been able to work with top brands like Orange culture, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Darling Hair Nigeria, Amede Nigeria, Kafitani USA, ZARON cosmetics andThe Lagos Fashion and Design Week.

How have you been able to create a niche in the highly saturated market?

Consistency and hard work have made me stand out. Also the right amount of networking as well.

So how did you manage to do all these with school work?

To be honest, it gets tiring and I slack on schoolwork sometimes. But I buckle up and do what I have to do

So what is your plan for the future?

I want to set a good standard for Nigerian models home and abroad, someone they can look up to. I plan to have a hair and spa place as well. I also want to own a jewelry line of my own.

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