Damilola Teidi is one of Nigeria’s rising models. In her career she has worked with several high profile designers and labels such as Bridget Awosika, Iconic Invanity, Moustafa Hassanali, Kiki Kamanu, Vonne Couture, Rebahia, Virgo’s Lounge, MAI, and the list goes one. She was one of the top 8 finalists at the Face of Sleek 2011 contest. Let’s read on for what the dashing beauty has to say.
What inspired you into modelling?
I actually never thought of being a model. I mean I watched fashion tv occasionally and I loved fashion. I just never thought about modeling at all until a year after I got into the University and a friend of mine asked me to participate in a small fashion show.
What was your first break in the industry?
In Cyprus, when I got to work with a top Turkish designer. I actually opened one of his shows and closed another. It was fun. In Nigeria, it was walking at the Music Meets Runway show in 2011
How do you see the Nigerian fashion industry?
The industry right now is growing. There are a lot of talents and more are emerging. However, it is our responsibility for us to make sure it grows into something we will all be proud few years from now. We need to put in place structures that will facilitate positive growth in the industry and support people who are doing good work.
What makes the Nigerian fashion industry different?
Compared to the fashion industry in other countries especially the developed ones, our industry still has a lot to learn.
What are you proudest of in your career?
I have a lot of things/jobs I’m proud of and it’s hard to choose just one but I’ll just say, having to work with some of the finest professionals in the industry.
You’ve worked at some of the industry’s most illustrious places. What did you learn at each place and what were some of your favourite memories?
So much I’ve learnt on the job. I’ve learnt especially at fashion shows, the importance of being super organized. Also, I’ve learnt some acting skills. Lol. I’ve also learnt to appreciate better the amount of work that goes into producing a good collection.
Who are some of your favourite all time models and for what reason?
Abroad, some of my favourites are Heidi Klum, Oluchi Onweagba and Naomi Campbell. Back home, Ujunwa Nwobodoh and Makida Moka.
What do you see as the qualities that will help models make it?
Be Knowledgeable about the industry- events, fashion creatives, etc. Be confident in yourself. It may not be easy at the beginning as you might not get picked for jobs but you have to find what you have that is unique, use it to your advantage and stand out. Find out who the right people you should be engaging with are. It’s also important to have good people skill and be great at networking. Connect with people and keep learning.
Who’s your favourite designer?
I have a whole lot of favourites- Bridget Awosika, Mai Atafo, Iconic Invanity amongst so many others .
Who is the person you most admire in the world?
What’s next for you?
Looking to further my studies soon, more modeling jobs and working on some personal projects.
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