I remember the first time I met Nkem, I was serving in Calabar,just started my journey to find out what I wanted House of ZETA to be, only thing I was sure of was the name, anyways, back to Nkem, she had this black coat on and I must say without the introduction of our mutual friend I thought to myself 'That's one bad ass model' and when we got to speaking I was glad she had the brains to back up that look. Am I glad to interview her on here? 'TOTALLY' Its not so much of an insight into her life, but its an insight into modelling from her perspective. Did I mention that she's the Face Of Music Meets Runway 2012....dope yh? Hope you enjoy her interview like I do.
HELLO NKEM,INTRODUCE YOURSELF?
Hi my name is Nkem Okorafor, I'm 22 years old and I'm a model. I've taken part in a lot of fashion shows in Nigeria and a few outside Nigeria. I love my job and I enjoy having fun with it.
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BECOME A MODEL?
Truthfully I was motivated because it was challenging. Having that perfect body, face and posture at all times.
HOW WAS YOUR FIRST AUDITION?
My first audition was actually a very interesting story. I had a big argument with a creative director for this show (name withheld) and then he called me up and asked me to come for the audition, then asked me to do a very difficult routine, with the hopes that I'd screw up, well.... I didn't, so I got the job.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN FIVE WORDS
Fun, motivated, crazy, approachable, humble
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER,MODEL,PHOTOGRAPHER AND STYLIST TO WORK WITH?
Favourite designer, Iamisigo
Favourite model- Chinemerem Alisiobi
Favourite photographer- Leewo Jones
Favourite stylist- Prince Noble
WHO WOULD YOU SAY IS THE GODMOTHER OR GODFATHER OF THE MODELLING INDUSTRY IN NIGERIA?
Godfather of the industry- Frank Oshodi
Godmother of the industry- none that I know of truthfully.
IT'S BEEN SAID THAT MODELS LIVE FAKE LIVES, WHAT'S YOUR TAKE?
Models live fake lives, yes its true. Because of all the glamour attached to our profession, most models try too hard to achieve that in their day to day lives, even if it means borrowing money to buy designers clothes and shoes.
WHAT'S THE BEST/WORST THING ABOUT BEING A MODEL?
Best thing, has to be the attention and the rush of being on the runway. Worst thing is everyone thinks we do not have brains.
5 MODELLING TIPS YOU LIVE BY.
Never be late
Be ready at all times
Always look the part
Allow your personality shine through
ROLE MODELS IN THE MODELLING INDUSTRY
Role models- Tyra Banks
IF YOU WERE TO DO A NUDE AD,PICK THREE MODELS AND YOUR DESIRED CONCEPT.
Nude ad- myself of course, Jourdan Dunn and Coco Rocha. It will be a jewellery ad, lots of diamonds and emeralds.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR SELLING POINT?
My selling point, my personality.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?
In 5 years, I see myself having the second largest farm in Africa. With a lot of exports.
WORDS YOU LIVE BY
Never give up
DESCRIBE THE FEELING 'ON BEING A MODEL'
Its a great feeling. Lots of love and encouragement.
She's a helluva model and a hardworker. You've got to love her, would have said you should watch out for her but she owns the scene already.