Doyin Haastrup Olatokunbo, Tarmar Awobotu and Ishioma Onyebo are top super models, who have ruled the runway for years and it appears they are not ready to quit. All three have made a name and some fortune from the trade which has taken them to different places on the planet.
Recently, they were on the runway at two big fashion shows in Port Harcourt and Lagos where they got a rousing applause for their stagecraft. For now, these are the top super models…
‘Modelling is a job I love’- DOYIN HAASTRUP OLATOKUNBO
She is one of the runway queens that ruled for long in fashion shows in Africa and Europe. Her major break came in 2005 when she became one of the runners up at the Nokia Face of Africa competition. She was adjudged the tallest among the finalists standing at 1.84m.
She left the stage for the younger ones in 2008 as she tied the knots with business man, Ayodeji Olatokunbo. Taking care of the home-front which includes two children (all boys) really kept her off the scene until recently when she staged a big comeback with her appearance at the Port Harcourt Fashion Week and Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013. Those who saw Doyin strut the runway agreed she is still in her element.
In a brief chat with the mother of two children, she described modelling as a job she is in love with and that explains her coming back to the scene ones again. “This is the job I love to do, not for money. Rather, it is my passion. Having children and marriage seemed to have slowed me down but I am back fully.
“I left when I got married and became pregnant. Now the kids are growing so I have the time to do my job”.
Presently, Doyin Haastrup Olatokunbo, alongside others were the promoters of a new modelling competition called Pearl Look. The team is currently working to stage the second edition early 2014.
‘I have not quit modelling’ – ISHIOMA ONYEBO
She hit limelight years back, via participation at the Nokia Face of Africa. Ishioma ruled the runway at fashion shows in Europe, Africa and America, and when it appeared she had call it quits, she staged a big comeback at the recent Port Harcourt Fashion Week and Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013. At those two shows, Ishioma shone like a million stars as she paraded sumptuous designs on the runway.
“I have not called it quits with modelling, I am still doing jobs. I do that together with my fashion business,” she gushed to us.
Aside modeling, Ishioma operates a boutique called Esther’s Closet in Ikeja, Lagos. The tall and slim model is a lover of good cars. One of her rides is a red 2 door Convertible BMW Z4.
‘I can’t count all the shows I have done’- TARMAR OLUWASEUN AWOBOTU
Tarmar Awobotu is a picture of elegance. Tall, slim and sexy, her face looms large at popular fashion shows in Johannesburg, London and America. The 5feet 11inches tall runway queen started out years back when she was crowned Miss Tourism.
She moved to South Africa to continue her modelling career. Tarmar, who spoke with ENCOMIUM Weekly from South Africa said, “I can’t count all the shows I have done. I have done quite a lot – Arise Fashion Week Nigeria, Arise Fashion Week South Africa, South Africa Fashion Week, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, South Africa, Johannesburg Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, Nigerian Fashion Week Isreal, Lagos Fashion Week, Native n Vogue Fashion Week recently, and the just concluded Lagos Fashion and Design Week”.
How do you now cope honouring all these shows? we asked her. “It is my job as a model to be able to handle my work load. If I know I can’t cope with it, I won’t bother going for the casting. The joy of any model is to work as often as possible. However, there are times I just turn off myself, I tell my agency I need a break may be two weeks or one month, I just rest at home or travel”.
Tarmar was at her best when she graced the runway recently at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013. After the show, the University of Lagos graduate flew to the UK for another show. The very single Tarmar is counting her blessings as a model based in South Africa.
– FOLUSO SAMUEL