Esther Uti as she is popularly known is an amazing model whose passion for modelling has inspired so many others to believe in themselves and follow their dreams, in a chat with Lagos Convo, Esther talks about her life, career and challenges as a model and gives advice on how to grow as a model.
Tell us a bit about yourself ?
My names is Esther Ifakachukwu Uti, I’m from Delta State in Nigeria. I’m eighteen years old, I’m 5 feet 10 inches/178cm tall. I’m fair in complexion, my favourite colours are Red,Black and White. I like meeting people, I love travelling especially to new places to gain experience.
How long have you been a model professionally?
I have been in the modelling industry for almost two years now.
Why did you choose modelling?
Modelling is something I have passion for.
Is it full time?
at the moment, I am on it full time.
Were your parents against your decision?
My parents weren’t against it because they knew that i had passion for it and they supported me in chasing my dreams all the way.
Was it starting up difficult for you?
Yes it was,and it is challenging.
How was your first modelling experience?
My first modelling experience was fair and exciting.
Which of the brands have you worked with and which of them stood for you?
I have worked with brands like fayrouz, etisalat and so many others, all of them was a hit for me
Who were your major influences when you first started?
I wasn’t influenced by anyone. I do what I have to do,working hard on myself to be better than my previous self.
What were the major challenges?
The major challenge, in a situation whereby accommodation isn’t provided for models after late hour shows, going home late at night is very risky, staying at the event centre till it’s dawn. How to wash off my makeup to prevent breakouts? I always tag along with my face wipes. Sexual harassment is also major challenge to the females in the industry.
Are you very active on social media?
I am very active on social media.
Has it helped you in any way?
Yes it has,its the fastest means of passing information globally. I get to see and read information about castings and photo shoots.
Which brands would you like to work with?
I will like to work with brands that are morally right and well established.
Five years from now, where do you see yourself?
In five years, I will be categorized as one of African’s top models in the world.
Advice to aspiring models
Everyone is a beginner, learn to be professional. It takes time, dedication, effort,
commitment and patience to become a great model. Be hardworking, keep you balls rolling, stay focused and never give up. Don’t imitate anyone, be original and be yourself because you are you. Keep a healthy life style, look after your body (skin,hair) and appearance. Apply for castings and attend as much castings as possible. Don’t sign a contract if you aren’t 100% sure. Always tag along with the following when going for castings,shows,shoots, two pairs of high heels (black and nude), two pairs of vest or tank tops (black and white), a pair of leggings/trousers, body spray, hair brush, facial wipes.. This is applicable to both male and female models.
Thank you so much for your time
thank you so much for having me.