Very tall, very skinny, very beautiful, and very leggy, Amina Jibrin is flying the Nigerian flag in London, England, strutting her stuff in international runways, and poised to make her markas an international model. Today Amina stands at the cusp of glory, and is on the verge of winning the 'The Face of Africa Fashion Week London 2013’ modeling competition, in which she is a front-runner.
for 'The Face of Africa Fashion Week London 2013.' We invite you to vote for her too. Go to the organization's website, find her photo, and vote for Amina. Go here: http://woobox.com/e8b67t.
Amina, from Borno, Adamawa State, Nigeria describes herself as "a friendly and nice person who loves making friends and also listening to music. I am confident and courageous in all that I do."
Amina attended Federal Girls Government College, Bwari-Abuja,and graduated from St. Louis College in Jos, Plateau State, in 2007. She lives in London, and also attends college at Staffordshire University. She is studying BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio Studies, and is expected to graduate in 2013. Amina launched her modeling career in 2011 after she appeared at the MTN Lagos Fashion and design Week. She has not looked back since. She describes herself as 'creative, hardworking, courageous, bold, confident and friendly.' Check out her portfolio at: http://aminajibrin.crevado.com/#37665
Xclusivenigeria.com interviewed Amina recently. Excerpts:
Q: What jobs have you done?
A: Enclosure Catwalk Show in London, Showcasing Africa in Birmingham, and I have worked with Asake for her clothing line called Asakeoge in London; I also have some fashion shows to attend
Q: What have been the highlights?
A: The main highlights is getting contacts from different designers and also boosting my portfolio up
Q: What have been the low points?
A: Don't really have a low point
Q: What makes you a successful model?
A: Because I have the features to be a model and I have decided to put those
features into use.
Q: Tell us about your studies at your UK University.
A: Am studying Film Television and Radio Studies and after University I want to combine Media with Fashion.
Q: What has been your experience?
A: My experience in the modeling industry has been a good one; it has helped me build up my confidence in talking to people and also making friends.
Q: What is your ambition as a model?
A: For now I am a part-time model because of my studies, which I need to concentrate on.
Q: How is life in the UK for a black model like you?
A: Life in the UK in general is not easy, and as an international student, it is even more stressful. As a black model, it is very challenging. As a beginner, I hardly get jobs because most people are looking for more experienced professionals. And most fashion shows don't help young, up and coming models by training them.
Q: What is your advice to other young models from Nigeria hoping to make
it as a black model in Nigeria, in the UK and globally?
A: In Nigeria, modeling is very slow. This is what I have noticed when I am in Nigeria, and in Abuja where I live, it is even slower than in Lagos. There are many modeling competitions in Lagos. My advice for models in Nigeria is to open their eyes and look somewhere else like Kenya or South Africa.
Q: What makes you laugh?
A: Funny, interesting things
Q: What makes you cry?
A: Sad things
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Jollof rice
Q: What is your favorite clothing?
A: trousers and t-shirt
Q: Who is your favorite designer?
A: Vivianne Westwood - I love her shoes
Q: How tall are you?
A: 6ft 1inch
Q: How thin are you?
A: Don't know
Q: What is your primary language?
Q: Do you have boyfriend? Who is he?
A: Yeah I have a boyfriend, but no one knows him.
Q: Where were you born, and where did you grow up?
A: Borno state, I grew up in Maiduguri, Abuja and Jos
Q: Tell us about your early childhood. What memories do you have?
A: I had a happy, fun-filled childhood.
Q: What gives you happy memories?
A: Being around lovely friends and Family
Q: Any sad one?
A: when my elder brother died
Q: How did you get into modeling?
A: Went for a competition in Lagos, MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week.