“Learning who you are is what you are here to do.”
_ R.J. Palacio
Few days back I posted a picture of myself on
instagram with the above caption.
Hello there, beautiful people, this is Mimi
Ashama and welcome to my blog. I hope you
have fun reading this as much as I did when
Six months back, June 2018 I decided to put my
height, face and body features to good use by
becoming a model. It has not been an easy feat.
When I started, I had little to no clue about
modeling. I just knew I had the height and all.
A friend of mine I told about my interest in
modeling then introduced me to an upcoming
modelling agency while I was in school. I took a
liking to it and joined. I signed the contract but I
specified that I actually wanted to just do
commercial, fashion, and runway modelling.
It was agreed upon. Signatures on paper I was
officially a model under that agency. I was then
asked to pay 10,000 for T-shirt, bag and handout.
I went for training and got to know my manager
finally. I got a job through the agency though it
wasn’t a paid one and it was my first job as a
I went through too many rehearsals and
each rehearsal had almost different instructors
it was tiring.
I knew I was bigger than most of the models
there. I am a plus size model. Two weeks to the
show they said I had a good walk and expression
but it would be nice to reduce my waist size.
They suggested intense workout, lemon and
water every day. I tried it but I was only able to
drop two inches. We had our final
rehearsal/fitting and one of the designers gave
me a top to model. At least I modelled
The day was finally here. My sisters and friends
bought tickets to come support me and till now
they tease me about it. The show came and
went and that was it. I did not get my pictures
till almost a month after the show and the
pictures were kind of blurry.
The second show I was supposed to walk for
requested 5,000 naira because they wanted to
lodge us in a house for 3 days and pick the next
top model. I cannot pay 5,000 naira oo so I
stopped going for rehearsal. I went for the show
to support a friend who paid. The show was not
what I expected but I was supporting my friend.
I had little choice. So throughout my stay in the
agency I had only one job and one editorial
My ex-manager stopped calling me for jobs or
anything. I only saw pictures of the other models
and I felt left out.
After a while I stopped bothering myself and
just told myself that wouldn’t it be better if I was
my own agent or I apply to other agencies? The
agency did their own fashion show but I did not
partake. I wasn’t going to be around (my fault).
Then I got home. I told my siblings that I wanted
to leave the agency since I was not getting
anything and then I was not gaining informations.
Few weeks later, I got an offer through my sister
but the person refused to do or say anything
unless I can show the contract so that there
would be no problem. My siblings too then
asked for the contract but my copy wasn’t with
I messaged my then manager no reply, I called a
friend too no reply. I met with the person before
they finally sent the contract. We went through it
and agreed that it would be best I be a freelance
I messaged my then manager to say I didn’t want
to be under the agency again. My ex-manager
replied in an unprofessional way. The message
“you are not up to standard, you have no idea
what modelling is all about, I don’t need you and
I can sue your mom and brother because the
agency is registered. So bye 👋 👋”
My siblings and I laughed so hard that day.
It felt like a weight had been lifted off.
I was free!
Now I am an upcoming plus size model with
little experience. I want to shoot my shot in the
last month of 2018.
Hi, My name is Sarah Ineamimye Ashama.
I am interested in becoming a commercial model,
runway model, editorial model, body part
(hand, face, hair and large feet)model.
If you are a designer and in need of a plus size
model of any of the above mentioned in Nigeria,
here is my contact:
Hello again lovelies, thanks for staying till the end.
I hope you enjoyed the story and I will appreciate
feedback and constructive criticism. Please don’t
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PS: if you know a designer or you are a designer
in need of my services, do not hesitate to contact
Ineamimye Ashama 💕💕