Ghanaian Nigerian model Victoria Michaels inspires everywhere she goes; most often than not, her DM usually gets flooded with a whole lot so she decided to do Q&A session for her fans on her Instagram page. The fans were tasked with the responsibility of asking just anything they are curious about and she’d do her best to respond to them.
A lot of questions flowed through, and with her stunning beauty and heart of gold, she did well to answer all of them. To be sure she got it right from the start, I set a special time to bring it to you. I had wanted it to be a surprise, I hope you guys believe in surprises. Enjoy!
How much work do you put in to be able to kill it on set? I have no particular routine darling; I think it comes with the details of the shoot. My pre-shoot mood is usually a positive one. I try to relax more before any shoot, and sometimes I can also be spontaneous. My best gears before any shoot is positive attitude. Obviously, I drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, prepare hair, nails you know the rest. You basically want to look the path once the client sets eyes on you.
Hey doll what’s your dream job? And the the biggest achievement you like to reach? Hey beautiful, I definitely want to be a force to reckon with in the humanitarian side of things. Build my foundation to the height where any life we counter will be changed for good. There are many lives wasting away that needs to be impacted. I want to be that positive of influence, nothing will make me happier.
What’s your inspiration? The act of living. How other people can carry on through such times, tough circumstances, situations, we all hope never to be in, yet still they push on when others would have given up.
Please what influenced your profession? I realised I was that girl in Mags, Billboards, Runway, TV, and I fell in love with that feeling.
What’s your biggest fear? I’ll be elated obviously but I’d like to set goals beyond my reach, that way I can always have something to live for. The steps I set to achieve them are as follows: I work on my mindset, write down the goals, set deadlines, develop a skillset if necessary, take the first step, continue to completion and after reward myself for a good job done.
How come is it so easy for you to be someone who thinks of others first? The little things I do for others makes me whole and complete. That’s just who I am, more so we rise by lifting others.
Nigerian jollof or Ghana jollof? A combination of both with goat pepper soap as Entrèe.
What do you put in your hair to make it grow this good? I get the most out of my hair care routine by making sure the products I use are nourishing my hair and not damaging it. I always put my hair in a protective style to avoid daily manipulation as you can see in the images above. I also make sure it’s not styled too tightly and doesn’t pull on my edges, (otherwise known as the hairline).
At what age did you start modelling and how has the journey been so far? I started posing in front of the mirrors at age 2, that was my favorite thing to do at the time. Modelling has been a natural thing for me, from the word go. I just have a natural flair for color, beauty and fashion. As I developed, I became conscious of my inherit desire to be a career model and I was determined to develop myself as such and that’s exactly what I did. It’s been an eye opening journey so far and I’m excited to see what the future holds.
Does an aspiring need to have a portfolio book already done before beginning the interview process with legitimate modelling agencies? And also discussing and posing in undergarments feels uncomfortable for some models, is it a must for every model to have or do a bikini shoot as some agents will put it? As an aspiring model, you need an amazing portfolio book to kickstart your career. It’s your chance to make a great first impression on agencies and clients. It’s important for you to put in the effort to get all the aspects of your modelling portfolio right but if you can’t afford to pay photographers or find one to collaborate with then a composite card will suffice. An agency that’s interested in you will sign you with or without a ready portfolio. It’s not a must! A good agency will ask your likes and dislikes as regards your career so do you.
What’s your worse experience in the modelling industry? There was a day that I worked till late, I genuinely feared for my safety and wondered if I’d get home alive because I was in the world’s most dangerous city.
You always smiling, inspiring and advising. Do you really have problems or issues that give you sleepless nights, or cause you too much pain that even you got to the edge of quitting? Thanks for the compliment but smiling doesn’t necessarily you’re happy. Sometimes it just means you’re strong. More so, worrying doesn’t solve problems. Hard work, consistency, prayer and faith in God does. Smiling doesn’t change your problem but it can change the way you go through it, so smile.
What motivated you to be a model and a change agent and what would say your biggest challenge is on this journey of greatness? Being a model is a hard earned profession and it puts you on the spot. The demands of the job are so much that one needs to priortise in order to survive. I think modelling has been an adventure for me. I have a lot of fun doing what I do and this has helped me in the way it reflects in other areas of my life. One thing is certain about the art of modelling, it builds your self confidence, makes you a stronger person, if you are determined to be one. It takes your can do it spirit to a new height. All this values can be applied in other areas of your life, hence I’m able to impact lives and be the change agent you see.
Biggest challenge? Every profession has its own ups and downs so does fashion modelling. It’s not all about the glamour, the make-up, photo sessions and magazine features – behind the glory lies a lot of pain. Irrespective of the kind of model you are, and the region of the world you find yourself, models share a peculiar challenge that’s peculiar to the career.
What inspired the $500,000 ALDI project? Every child in the world has the right to a free and quality education but more than 260 million children and young people are out of school and many of them will never get an education. One of the goals of ALDI is to ensure that children especially less privileged ones benefit from our project no matter how little. For us basic education is key in every child’s life. We believe every child has right to education regardless of who they are, where they come from and how much money their family has. Some of these kids are orphans and born into abject poverty which is no fault of theirs. We ultimately want to help minimize the rate of illiteracy in Africa through the Africa Literacy Development Initiative program. See the style images below and be excited; it’s beautiful.