Teni – Unsigned!
Every month Haphazard Magazine showcases an up and coming model in the industry, getting to know the brains behind the beauty as they share with us some words of wisdom and amusing anecdotes from their career so far.
Tell us about your beginnings, where were you born?
I was born in Lewisham, London to Nigerian parents. I moved to Nigeria when I was two years old and stayed there for about 14 years. I came back to London again in 2013, just before turning 16. I’m currently living in Birmingham and studying for my degree.
How did you get into modelling?
Initially, I decided to get into modelling because I found it to be a lucrative way of earning an income, as a major goal of mine is to get on the property ladder. However, overtime I have developed a genuine love for modelling industry, and as my future career is within the fashion industry, I plan to use modelling as my foundation.
What do you get up to outside of modelling?
I am studying for a four-year business degree at Aston Business School, and have a part-time job at Selfridges alongside the work I do at my church. In my spare time I read a lot of self-development and motivational books and I’m also learning the piano.
Who are you eager to work with?
I want to work for a variety of fashion houses to gain experience, knowledge and skill. I aim to work for commercial brands like Topman and Zara but also premium brands such as Gucci, Joseph and Alexander Wang.
What issues do you care strongly about?
Hypermasculinity: I feel as though this issue is overlooked in society and has a detrimental effect as a result. I hope to make a difference concerning this issue in years to come.
What beauty regime do you swear by?
I wouldn’t say I swear by any regime, but I have a skin routine that I am committed to. I use a gentle skin exfoliator alongside my electronic cleansing brush three times a week, and I use a toner and oil-free moisturiser every day. I also find a daily cup of matcha green tea has its benefits.
Who do you idolise?
I don’t idolise anyone, however, there are a few people who greatly inspire me. Muhammad Ali, Steve Jobs, Will Smith and my pastor, Minister Daniel Adjei are some examples.
What do you enjoy most about modelling?
I like the fact that it is extremely challenging and gives good exposure to a variety of well-connected people. Plus, I always love an opportunity to look good, haha!
Finally, what trends from 2016 do you love or hate at the moment?
I don’t hate any trend, I feel like every trend is well-suited for whoever it is tailored towards. The trends I love the most at the moment are cropped trousers and aesthetic trainers such as the Adidas ZX Flux and Yeezy Boost 350.
This editorial was shot at Sunset Studio in Peckham, London.