As with many models, Helen had an uncertain start. She shares an experience she had with an opportunity to participate with Miss Ghana 2017 that went awry; “I went for miss Ghana last year and I had the chance of being part of the top 20 [but] was sick on the day I had to go sign the contract”. Fortunately, she had a another chance this year to try her hand at modeling, and was selected at the Miss Malaika casting to participate in the pageant. Although she was unable to make it at to semifinal level, the experience opened new doors. She had the opportunity to work with photographers Smile GH Photography and Agyeman Duah to help build her portfolio.
Helen joined Icons modeling agency a month ago, where she is excited to benefit from more ridged training as a model and enhance her confidence in front of the camera. She confirms that she is training for her first runway show, and is confident she will get on the stage soon. The newcomer reflects on her experience so far in the modeling industry; “In my opinion I think modeling agencies in Africa ain’t doing bad at all but we still need improvement. There’s always more room for that.”
Helen also elaborates on the challenges models face in Ghana; “In my hometown Ghana I think the challenges models face is the fact that they are not being paid. Sometimes because it is mostly [seen] like they are being done a favour, and if that should be corrected the agencies in Ghana will do better.”
By : Yussuf Yanni