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Natalia Okerengwo Chinwendu talks about modelling in Europe

Chinwendu is known for being a make-up and skin care consultant, but one project that is particularly close to her heart is her modelling career. Based in Russia, the Nigerian born model opened up to us about how she got into the modelling business, how it all began, her beauty regimes and the models who continuously inspire her.

Question: How did you become a model?
A: An agent found me in the subway, took a couple of test shots and I took it up from there.

Question: What did your parents first think of you being a model?
A: My parents always knew that I was going to do something related to fashion, so when I started modelling they were not surprised. I started reading Vogue magazine at a very young age, my dad used to order them monthly for my mum as my mum was into fashion. I mean my dad even shared my portfolio on google plus.
Question: Who are the models that inspire you?
A: Naomi Campbell has always inspired me in many ways. Kate Moss was also an inspiration while growing up, in my opinion she broke boundaries thus paving a way for petite models in high fashion. Others include Liya Kebede, Tyra Banks, Natalia Vodianova, Karolina Kurkova and Gigi Hadid. Gigi inspires me because I see her as someone that is very relentless and someone that pursues her dreams with great passion.
Question: What does modelling mean to you?
A: Modelling means a lot to me, I get to see art being created, working with talented and amazing photographers makeup artist and designers has been one of my major dreams.
Question: What’s your favourite shoot or campaign work done so far throughout your career?
A: I can’t really say I have a favourite shoot or campaign, they have all been amazing, but I must say I really enjoyed shooting the fall/winter Ad for Bows and Tulle with the kids, they were so cute and lovely to work with.
Question: How do you keep in shape? Have you ever been asked to lose or gain weight for a shoot?
A: I am not going to be funy by saying I go to the gym or any of that, but I do have a few workout DVD series, which I do at home, but mostly I control what I eat and I do this by eating healthy. I just registered for kick boxing classes and I can’t wait to begin. As far as losing weight for a shoot, I haven’t been told that. I understand that people see art differently, the human body is art, so designers have different ideas of how they want their art to be presented and everything has to go in accordance with their target audience or the people they intend to speak to with their art.
Question: What are some of the perks of working as a model? Do you get to keep the clothes from the photo shoots, for example?
A: For me the perks include seeing the finished product pictures, video and how amazing everything came together. Keeping the clothes from some shoots is one of them, meeting amazing people and in general I have fun on set.
Question: How do you deal with rejection in this business?
A: I do not really take it to heart. I just tell myself that, “you are not everyone’s cup of tea. Different strokes for different folks. They do have their reason and my self worth or future isn’t built around No’s or rejection. Please share and like!



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