Elite Model Look 2014 winner has made a mark not only for herself but the fashion industry as a whole.
Since winning the Elite Model Look Nigeria in 2014 alongside Victor Ndigwe, She has walked for a number of top fashion brands from Saint Laurent to Christian Dior, she even became the first Nigerian model to be featured in a Dolce and Gabbana campaign (ain’t nobody stopping this diva!).
The fast rising model who recently starred in Lisa Folawiyo’s studio spring 2017 collection lookbook is currently working with designer Michael Kors. At the backstage for Kors’ spring/summer 2017 show, the mix of models represented exactly what the designer had in mind: “I really wanted diversity as far as the look of the girls, and diversity as far as body types,” he said.
“ And in between supernovas from Kendall Jenner to Carolyn Murphy, stood the striking 5’ 11” Mayowa Nicholas, a newcomer who only began modeling two years ago but has already made quite a mark. Since winning an Elite modeling competition in her native Nigeria in 2014, Nicholas has walked for a number of top-tier European fashion houses including Christian Dior, Prada, Miu Miu, Hermès and Loewe. After closing Loewe, Nicholas posted on Instagram: “Dreams do come true".
New York Times magazine caught up with Nicholas to talk about her debut at New York Fashion Week this season, her beauty secrets and why Kors is a true fashion king.
How’s fashion week going for you so far?
Good! This is my sixth show — I’ve done Prabal, Proenza, Oscar de la Renta and Rag & Bone.
How does it feel to walk for Michael Kors?
I like the designer first of all, because he’s so nice. I met him at the fitting and he really liked me. He said, “Oh, we’re going to allow your natural hair.” And I was like, “Oh, nice!” And the collection is amazing — it’s for a girl that’s confident in her skin and in what she’s wearing.
On the topic of hair, how do you keep yours so healthy?
Cantu is so good for natural hair. I have all the products of Cantu. My favorite is the daily moisturizer cream; I use it when I wake up every morning and it keeps my hair soft, because I have strong African hair!
What’s your secret for radiant skin?
I do mostly natural stuff, like oatmeal face masks. I just boil oatmeal and put it on my face. I don’t use a normal product mask. I leave the oatmeal on for 30 minutes and it removes everything from your pores. After that, I use avocado, smashed in a bowl, and put that on to hydrate my skin. I always do that two times a week. And I drink lots of water.
Who taught you these beauty secrets?
My mom! She always uses an egg-white mask but it kinda smells, you know, like a raw egg. But it’s so good for acne. And if I’m sick, she uses a home remedy.
Interesting — what does it involve?
We have a tea in my country, it’s called elephant grass. We use it for energy. You mix the grass with hot water and it’s like a mint leaf. We drink it straight, with nothing in it, in the morning.
Is your mom proud of your modeling career taking off so quickly?
Yes, she’s so happy, and she knows I’m doing Michael Kors today and she’s freaking out because she loves Michael Kors.