Featured Model: Habiba Salami



"I am stepping out there to pursue my passion as I find great pleasure in modelling, especially as a runway model."

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Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?

Whilst growing up, I always imagined myself walking the runway as a fashion model and sometimes I would visualise myself on billboards. But, I never took it serious. I would always get approached by photographers and scouts for magazine covers and campaign shoots. Having said that, I did a photoshoot for a magazine cover in UK years ago and a campaign shoot in Nigeria with Chris Aire an American jewellery designer and to be honest I never pursued it after that, as it was more of a hobby then and I never really saw it as a career path, possibly because I was younger, very shy and naive and also my circumstances were not favourable at the time. Sometimes, we don't get to pursue our passion because of fear and uncertainty or even the circumstances of life. However, I believe in second chances and I am trying to pursue it now. No-one said it would be easy as there is so much competition out there but I believe in destiny, God has made everyone of us unique in their own way. So, I am stepping out there to pursue my passion as I find great pleasure in modelling, especially as a runway model.

How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?

Well, I haven't had any modelling courses. But, I always get compliments from working with photographers on photoshoots and also my experience over time as a runway model. Most of it is self thought, it comes naturally to be honest, more like a gift really. I also have a love and passion for fashion and styling too, plus I am a graduate of the British College of Professional styling as a Stylist hence why I started a website as a platform to promote myself and share my knowledge.

What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?

Fit for me goes beyond the physical appearance of a model. I think you have to be confident and have good body poise, strength mentally and physically and a good portion of fun.

What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?

My goals would be to feature as a runway model in Paris, Milan and London fashion week. Also, a feature in an ad campaign for major name brands would be awesome! Lastly, to work with other top models as a humanitarian helping young women to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams.

What do you know about the advertising industry?

I think images in advertisement are usually what attracts people to it. These images at the end of the day determine whether or not people continue to study and have an interest in the advertisement. Photography plays a major role in advertisement, a high quality and attractive photography often increases the traffic.

How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?

I am a very easy going person and open minded. To be honest you have to give room for all kinds of people in terms of personalities. I always try to leave a good impression with the people I work with and my communication skills are great. I take on board instructions when working with photographers and I have always left good impressions. I would say I am patient and very friendly.

Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?

I try to eat healthy as much as I can and in terms of excersie I work now and again at home. However, I am genetically slim.

What is your dream role as a model?

To work as a runway model in major fashion shows and in campaign ads for top brands.

Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?

My only limitations would be nudity and swimwear. I don't do nude.

State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part time? Any hours?

I would be available to work part time and yes I would travel.

What is your most memorable experience so far?

My memorable experiences were shooting with Chris Aire the American jewellery designer for an ad campaign and also being featured twice in Who What Wear UK, an online website for fashion and celebrity style news.

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Website: www.bibas-trend.com

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Email: Info@bibas-trend.com

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