Supermodel Eunice Olumide shares learnings from her wide-spanning career…
Scouted at 15, Eunice Olumide has modelled for the likes of Tom Ford, Prada and Vivienne Westwood to name just a few.
Aside from her modelling career, you might have caught her on the big screen in films like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Rogue One.
Or at one of her DJ sets at international music festivals.
Or at the launch of her book, How To Get Into Fashion.
Or as a philanthropist (which she was awarded an MBE for).
It’s pretty safe to say she has a diverse and thriving career. Here she takes time out of her bursting CV to tell us how her the meaning of success has changed for her…
Success isn’t always external
“When I became a model, I pretty quickly set myself a whole list of goals. I wanted to get certain magazine covers, get international campaigns and do all the big, major fashion weeks.
To my surprise, I was able to tick a lot of them off fairly quickly. That’s when I realised I needed to set goals that were more personal to me, and not so based on external validation - they’re so much more powerful, as all of our circumstances are so different.”
Success means taking care of yourself
“Our attitudes towards beauty are so much more holistic now and I think we’re all aware of the importance of feeling well to look well.
I take care of myself for myself, and I feel confident being me now, which I didn’t always. I tend to focus more on things that help me feel good from the inside out. One of my faves is Gold Collagen - a drinkable supplement for your hair, skin and nails.
It’s simple and easy for me to slot into my routine and I feel like I’m doing something really good for myself and my skin when I take it.”
Success looks different to different people
“Success can come under many guises and forms. For example, even if I’d nothing else in my career, I’d be so proud of myself for having gone to university as I was the first in my family to.
I never would have dreamed of being able to do so many of the things I’ve done, so I never feel unsuccessful - I feel like I’ve already won.
My standards of success are different to what others may have; it’s relative and personal and it’s primarily most important that you are proud of yourself no matter what.”
Success means paying it forward
“I dedicate a lot of time to charity these days - my family thought I was mad trying to reply to everyone directly on social media when they asked me for advice but I don’t like to say no.
That’s where the idea for my book came from partly - so many people wanted advice about breaking into the creative industries. I also do work with charities focussed on helping young people around the country - to me, success is about being able to help lift up and empower others.”
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