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FIVE MINUTES WITH TIFFANY AYANLEKE

Tomi Tiffany Ayanleke.Started her modeling career from featuring for a fashion brand Enemaya in 2012 ‘as a novice’. A year later, she became the Face of Ene Maya, booking Natures Gentle Touch’s latest campaign in 2018. The 23 years old model from Osun State has come a long way since participating Nigeria’s Next Super Model in 2013, a modeling competition created by Isis Model management, which emerging winner stands a chance of winning a modeling contract with a cash prize and a brand new car.

Credit: Nike x Native MagMag
Tomi Tiffany Ayanleke

Tiffany has come a long way managing her modeling career since becoming the second runner up of Nigeria’s Next Super Model. Just in case you don’t know, staying booked and busy in an industry flocked with thousands of models is no game. She’s been featured on several magazines issues like Vanguard Allure, Mode Men Magazine (Issue 60),  Nike x Native Mag 2018; campaigns for BET International’s Black History Month in 2016, GTBank Fashion Week 2018. She also has several runway credits under her belt. ‘‘In the recent past, I have walked the runway for Africa Fashion Week London, ECOWAS Fashion Week, GTBank Fashion Week and Lagos Fashion and Design Week. Honestly, I can’t remember most of my jobs,’’ she says.

ON CHILDHOOD

My childhood was very creative and proactive as everyone in my family had a flair for sports and fashion. I’m the first child of three. I grew up in a comfortable home in Lagos State, with very supportive parents.

ON TRAVELING AND EDUCATION

I absolutely love travelling and I’m currently in Italy. I would love to visit Tokyo soon, and I’m super excited about travelling and my educational goals. I have a BSc in Communications from Babcock University, and ongoing MSc in Fashion & Luxury Brand Management in Polimoda, Italy. I haven’t been everywhere in the world yet! I’m still exploring Italy but so far my best travel destination would be The Gambia. I’ll let you know when I visit the world. 

ON CAREER

Coming from a proactive family, if I wasn’t modelling, I would definitely be a dancer or an athlete. My modelling career started seven years ago at the University. I was featured on an editorial shoot for Ene Maya. A year later, I participated in Nigeria’s Next Super Model, I came out 2nd runner up and was signed to Isis Modeling Agency. I began my freelance journey in 2016; early 2019 I got signed to Independent Model Management, Milan, through an Agent. The hardest part of being a model for me is ‘Rejection.’ When I’m not modelling, I work with LIC NG (Lifestyle Image Consultant), an image consulting, branding, styling and personal shopping company, which helps grow brands like myself; giving identity from scratch to peak stage.

Tomi Tiffany Ayanleke
Photographer by prince meyson
Make up by Jordanna
Gtbank fashion week magazine

ON CHANGING THE INDUSTRY

A few changes I’d like to see in the Nigerian modelling industry is diversity, structured model development and model boot camps. Also, I really think it’s a Red light and Red Flag!!! for models to pay model managements upon signing. Forms are only paid for in beauty pageants.

ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media has been a strong tool for every business. There are so many pages that can help and inspire a model, such as @Cocorocha , @modelsdot, @themodeladviser and myself @ms_tiffany01

ON FREE JOBS

A model that’s just starting should do free jobs as often as possible to build a good portfolio. But there is an extent to which you should do these free jobs, which is, not just shooting with everyone but focusing on your goal and working with people that are in line with that goal. You would know when you should stop doing free jobs.

ON INSPIRATION

My family inspires me a whole lot. My personal style is a mixture of street style, luxury and comfort. For me, inspiration comes from different places, moods & people.

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