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The beauty of being human: ‘how to get into fashion’ by Eunice Olumide

SEEN had the great pleasure of meeting author Eunice Olumide a year ago in her capacity as art curator at 150 Clerkenwell. Now comes her book for those who wish to break into modelling or to embrace a creative career in the fashion industry – ‘How to Get into Fashion’. And she should know, she was one of Scotland’s first black models, having been scouted by a London agency when she was just 15.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: Eunice Olumide MBE attends an exclusive private book signing for her new book “How To Get Into Fashion” at The Hospital Club on September 7, 2018 in London, England. The book will be released on the 15th September.
Pic Credit: Dave Benett

Eunice’s book is upbeat and full of positivity, while not shying away from possible difficulties. Your career is in your hands. Much of the book was a revelation to SEEN; the different body types for models, for example, but we were heartened to hear Eunice’s philosophy on how to sustain yourself psychologically in an industry that has sometimes exploited the young and hopeful in the past. Eunice constantly adjures her readers to not do anything that makes them uncomfortable. You have union representation, so don’t bottle it up.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: (L to R) Kitty Joseph, Eunice Olumide and Olwen Walsh at the book launch party. Pic Credit: Dave Benett

Also encouraging was Eunice’s emphasis on eating well and healthily. With young women’s bodies increasingly becoming a battleground for social pressures to be thin, it was great to read Eunice’s tips for delicious food and rigorous exercise regimes that we would all do well to emulate – mens sana in corpore sano and all that. As you would expect, Eunice is a champion of diversity in the modelling world; not only for people of colour but also different sizes and disabilities, reflecting the growing desire of consumers to see themselves on the catwalk.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: (L to R) Joe Miller, Eunice Olumide and Claudia Raba at the book launch party. Pic Credit: Dave Benett

Eunice does not restrict herself to advice on modelling: stylists, make-up artists, journalists and environmental activists would do well to acquaint themselves with this book. All in all, SEEN thought this book was a breath of fresh air. It demystifies the process of getting a career as a creative or model and is full of down-to-earth advice, while at the same time encouraging the next generation of young talent to get out there and seize opportunities for themselves. Recommended.