Talk about beauty and brains. Mirabelle Eze shows us another side of modeling. Indeed it’s beyond the glitz, glamour, runway, dresses and every other assumptions most people have. Miss Eze is beautiful on the inside and outside. In this exclusive interview, Mirabelle tells us about modeling, contesting for Miss Black Beauty Canada and gives advice to upcoming models.
Full interview below:
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I am a third year student at the University of Toronto, studying Urban Studies. I was born in Nigeria and I’m currently living in Canada.
My interests are in modeling, music and film\theatre.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MODELING AND WHY MODELING?
I have been modeling for about 2 years now. I mostly do commercial modeling but sometimes I get the opportunity to do Fashion print and editorials. It all started when a photographer friend of mine in high school talked me into doing a shoot with him, I posted the pictures on facebook and received good feedback from friends and family. So I did another shoot and another and before I knew it I was thinking of going into it seriously. Modeling is more or less acting which is why I love it. You create a persona in order to sell a product or service.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR MISS BLACK BEAUTY CANADA?
It’s a good way for me to become a leader and a role model in my community.
I’ve always loved to be involved in my community. Whether it’s school, church or in my neighbourhood, I think it’s very essential to be engaged. Also, the pageant is all about the redefinition of beauty, with an emphasis on inner beauty and I’m glad to be part of this movement.
WHAT WILL YOU DO IF YOU WIN THE COMPETITION?
The winner of Miss Black beauty Canada gets a chance to go to an African/Caribbean country of her choice to raise awareness and educate people about Sickle Cell Anaemia disease. If I win, I will do this in Nigeria. I will also use the opportunity to encourage community involvement and volunteerism among young black Canadians. I plan to collaborate with some organizations or even school boards to create after-school programs that provide relevant and culturally appropriate services that can improve the quality of life for the Black Youth in Canada.
ADVICE FOR ASPIRING MODELS
Put yourself out there. Decide whether you want to be a freelance model or agency-represented. If you are agency represented, while you wait to be sent out to auditions, find and take up gigs that contribute to your experience. Experience is key. The more experience you have, the more confident you’ll be at your next big gig.
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