If one modelling competition can truly change your life, it is the Elite Model Look. That’s what happened in 2014 for Victor Ndigwe, who, believe it or not, mistakenly participated. Subsequently, the young man signed with Elite Paris, London, Spain, Milan, and Copenhagen. With cheekbones so sharp you could cut cheese on them, a hypnotic gaze, and a humble personality, Ndigwe has quickly become a favourite of designers such as Alexandre Mattiusi of AMI and Veronique Nichanian of Hermes. He also fronted a campaign for Missoni, shot by Harley Weir, and is a recurrent face for Benetton.
Ndigwe confessed that if he wasn’t walking down runways in Paris and Milan – incidentally he is the first Nigerian male model to achieve such milestone – he would be making more music and trying acting. Having not been spoilt by the industry yet, it is with a relaxed and honest attitude that the young man approaches his success. “The best part is I think I’ve inspired other young people back home,” he said, adding that he cares about family, love, and money. Should you want to win his heart, a box of biscuits would suffice.
Where are you from?
VN: I’m Nigerian. From Adazi Nnukwu, Anambra State.
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever gotten?
Be humble enough to know you’re not better than anybody but wise enough to know you’re different from the rest. Never doubt your ability.
If you can chill with anyone, dead or alive, who would that be and why?
It has to be Bob Marley or Fela. Great men who inspired generations and they are still inspiring people with their music. I really love them, and if they were alive, I’d spend my last money to chill with either of them. But if there’s anyone that’s alive I’d chill with its Obama.
What inspires you most?
My Family. Everything I do, I do for them. If they weren’t here, I wouldn’t be bothered.
If you would be a song which would you be?
Popcaan ft Mavado – Everything Nice. It’s such a classic!
What would you like to change in the world, and why?
I think it would be for everyone to have equal opportunities in life.
What’s the thing you tell yourself every day?
What’s meant for you will never miss you and what missed you was never meant for you.
You are an International Male Model from Nigeria. What does that mean to you?
It means a whole lot to me. I feel super blessed to be in this position especially after it was said that I am the first male model from my country to model in Paris and Milan. The best part is I think I’ve inspired other young people back home. And that’s priceless to me.
What tribe are you from?
I’m Igbo. It’s the South Central and South Eastern Nigeria, geographically speaking!
Teach us three words from your tribal tongue?
Bia – Come, Kedu – How are you?, Kachifo – Good Night. Easy lol.
Who’s your superhero?
What would you do if you would not be modelling?
I’ll be making music and maybe try acting too. I’m currently making music anyway.
What do you want to see change in the fashion industry?
It’s slowly changing already regarding diversity which is a major talking point and if it gets better that would be great.
What do you want people to know about you?
There’s this thing about people thinking I’m proud because my entire demeanour is chill, so people tend to see it like I’m bougie, but I’m not. I’m just not paying attention half the time. And that I love biscuits.