I’m eyeing other interests aside from modelling, says Nigerian international model Joseph Water
Even as he becomes dominant in the American and global modelling industry, Nigerian-born American model, Babalola Otitoju Joseph, aka Joseph Water has hinted that he is not going to limit himself to a modelling career.
“I will most likely pursue other interests like earning a degree in IT and starting world-class fashion brands that will appeal to the needs of the global market and sustain quintessential standards,” he affirmed in a recent interview.
Joseph Water, 28, who migrated from Nigeria to America to boost his chance as a global model, has been successful in America where he has walked the New York runway in his ascendancy in the modelling world.
Speaking about his big lessons of modelling in America, he avowed: “I’ve learned to deal with rejection. Rejection feels awful but it is a basic part of human relationships, and we must adapt to receiving rejection in a healthy way that doesn’t militate our esteem. Sometimes, stylists look for people with certain features and physical idiosyncrasies like hair colour, skin colour, height, and all that, and when I didn’t fit into those specs, I had to understand that it wasn’t about me. Just because someone prefers mangoes doesn’t mean that there aren’t people who prefer oranges. I’ve had to build my confidence such that when I’m rejected for a gig, based on physical features, I know it just wasn’t meant for me.”
Continuing, he said: “I can’t miss out on the importance of believing in oneself. The modelling industry has taught me that you need to believe in yourself before anyone else will. Self-worth and confidence are infectious — once you fiercely believe in yourself, a lot of things will align. It doesn’t matter who likes your style, others will just love you because people love where worth is exuded.”