Each week, we take the time to highlight one of our favorite emerging models. Previously, we profiled Eugenia Hannover, and this week we're turning our attention to Nabou Thiam. The Gardone Val Trompia native belongs to a new guard of models that are paving the way for change. In recent months she has walked and posed for Versace, Prada, D&G, Liu Jo, Off White, Missoni, Benetton, Etro, Ermanno Scervino, and has gained much respect from fashion's prominent stylists and casting directors. We caught with her to talk about her career so far, her passion for modeling, and her plans for the future.
Have you always wanted to be a model? If not, what did you want to be growing up?
When I was little I wanted to be a pharmacist or a veterinarian but then growing up I started to become more interested in the world of...
How were you scouted?
I did the Elite Model Look, which is where my agency found me. I made it to the finals and then signed up with Women Management Milan.
How would you describe yourself as a model in three words?
I would say joyful, professional, and also calm at times.
Your first modeling job?
My first modeling job was an editorial for Vanity Fair, it was amazing!!
What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about being a model?
I think that meeting new people from different countries is always exciting and I also love to shoot because it makes me feel really confident and it's also fun.
Is there anyone that you admire as a role model and why?
I would definitely say Naomi Campbell, I love everything about her!! Her style, and most importantly her walk is just speechless. She's a queen.
What's been your biggest OMG moment to date?
When I got signed with my agency and started my experience.
What is your dream shoot/campaign?
There are a lot of shootings or campaigns that I'd really like to do and Jacquemus is one of these.
Biggest lesson that modeling has taught you?
My job has taught me a lot of things but being confident and always believing in yourself are the biggest ones.
What's the best life advice you've ever received?
To never give up!!
How do you stay in shape?
I usually like to run, also because it makes me feel free and I really enjoy being in nature.
What do you think about fashion? What does it mean to you?
Fashion is a whole world to discover and I'm just at the beginning. It means a lot to me, I've learned lots of things, made new friends, and had lots of fun and I'm really grateful for all the experiences that I've achieved.
If you had to be head to tow in one designer brand for the rest of your life, which would it be?
How would you describe your style?
I'd say casual and comfortable
Denim or leather?
Heels or flats?
Vintage or contemporary fashion?
What is your guilty pleasure?
Pasta Cacio e Pepe
What's been your most indulgent purchase since you became a model?
When you're not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I just learned how to do scarfs with the crochet and I really like to spend some time doing that.
What are you working on now and what do you dream of happening in the future?
I'm working on myself and also school because it's my last year and I'm going to graduate.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?
In 10 years' time I see my self with a family of 2/3 kids. Peacefully living in the countryside.
Check out Nabou's profile here and check back next week to find out who our next 'Model of the Week' is.
Thank you, Nabou, for taking the time to talk with us!
Interview by: Clinton Gonsalvez
Special Thanks to Elena Ghesini @ Women Management (Milan).
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