With Yemisi Suleiman
Stephanie Ijeoma Eze, is the Founder of I JAY MODELS, a modelling outfit set up with a passion to giving aspiring models a platform to achieve their dreams through her project tagged Project Old School.
The Project which is a music, modeling and choreography competition is organised to discover young Nigeria talent in music, modeling and choreography.
The first and second phase of the competition was held in Ajegunle, Lagos and participants were drawn from different parts of Lagos, with winners emerging in the area of music, choreography, fashion and modeling.
With the season three of the Old School project set to hold in September 2011, at Rockview Hotel Apapa, the graduate of electrical engineering from, the University of Nigeria Nsukka, speaks on the event, her dream for young Nigerians, her lifestyle and fashion sense..
Apart from helping them discover their talent and creative ability, how do you push them further?
The competition is a platform to discover, nurture and launch young creative Nigerians in music and modeling into the national and international scene. Apart from helping them discover their talent and creative ability, we are also providing them with a means to earn a living irrespective of where they are coming from.
The winners will be working, we have marketers that buy them, take them to studio, train them to be professionals. Those that are good in music are been signed to Frank Chris records, they will start their recording deal with the record label, they will groom them to become professionals to enable them purse their career as musical artistes.
While the models have been signed to Triple Globe productions a modeling company that will nurture their modeling career professionally. They will begin their runway career from there. Presently they are some of the models for the annual Nigerian Television fashion show.
How many winners emerged from the maiden edition of the competition?
Three winners emerged, the first, second and third and they are male and female. One of our male winners is presently on scholarship, he is a second year student in UniLag and he is doing well, he is also a model with the Nigeria television Fashion show.
Each time there is a fashion event they are called upon; some of them have also done adverts for companies like MTN, Indomine and Fan ice-cream. And presently talk is still on with a beverage company who wants one of our winners to advertise for them.
How did you move from electrical engineering to fashion, modeling?
When I was growing up, my mum never wanted me to go into fashion, but somehow I liked it because that is what my father was into, and usually sit with him to drew a lot of sketches.
When I graduated from school I worked with SGS, (Inter-tech Testing Services), I worked there for two years before resigning. I quit because I wasn’t happy with what I was doing, I had a passion for making clothes, and while I was working I was still making clothes for people, and it was really difficult juggling both.
After I resigned I went to London with my aunt who was a model and I learned a lot things regarding modeling from her. That was when I decided that this is what I want to do.
What does style mean to you?
Looking good, confident and decent in what you are wearing.
Best fashion item?
I love shoes, good shoes.
Favourite bag designer?
I love Louis Vuitton.
Are you a jewelry person?
Yes I love jewelries, I can’t do with out jewelries, when I am working I get them off me but when I am not working. I love gold jewelries, I love bold jewelries.
Best beauty product?
My Black Opal lip stick
What is your beauty routine like?
I am not so much of a make-up person, I don’t use powder, I use my eye liner and lipstick, even when I am preparing for an event or occasion. But for a healthy skin I take lots of clean water, and fruits.
What about perfume?
I use Prada, and Channel, usually I don’t buy because I get them as gift.
When it comes to relaxing how do you like to relax?
I love clubbing and I love hanging out with my girls, because I want to know them better and I want them to know me too. We are like one big family.
What is your message to young Nigerians?
My message to them is to live their dreams and be the best they can. I am also using the opportunity to call on companies to support the project and thereby supporting the youths.