Mayowa Nicholas is working her way to supermodel status and if Fall 2019 New York Fashion Week is anything to go by, it’s only a short while before she gets there! New York Fashion Week (Fri, 8 Feb 2019 – Sat, 16 Feb 2019) may be about the designers and clothes but for us, it was all about seeing Nigerian, Mayowa Nicholas strutting the runways and doing a darn good job about it! Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Anna Sui, Ralph Lauren, Brandon Maxwell, you name it, Mayowa Nicholas walked for them all at this month’s NYFW!
Having graced the runway for top designers like Tom Ford, Versace, FentyXPuma, Hermes, Missoni, Tods, Prada, Balmain and more, the 20 year old supermodel on February 12, 2019, took over the runway to open Oscar de la Renta’s fall 2019 ready-to-wear collection at the New York Fashion Week. The 5 ft 11 model strut the runway in a plaid piece designed by Fernado Gracia and Laura Kim who got their inspirations for the entire collection from their travels, menswear as well as antique carpets.
The first Nigerian model to star in a Dolce & Gabbana, Saint Laurent, and Calvin Klein campaigns, Mayowa’s career sprung to life in 2014 when she emerged among the top 10 world finalists at the Elite Model Look which landed her an instant deal with Elite Model Paris. Before then, she had completed her secondary education at Royal Crown Comprehensive High School in Iju, Agege area of Lagos state and afterwards applied to study accounting in Crawford University, Ogun state.
Afterwards, the Nigerian model made her way to being the muse for quite a number of amazing designers world-wide and there after making her way to the cover of Vogue Magazine after being featured in the American Vogue 2018 issue as well as Vogue España.
Currently listed in the coveted Top 50 Models by models.com, Mayowa who has strutted the runway alongside top models like Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima and Joan Smalls, has proven that impossibility is nothing. From humble beginnings to working for the biggest names in fashion, Mayowa’s story is an inspiration to aspiring Nigerian and African models.