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Supermodel in the making, Mayowa Nicholas is Lisa Folawiyo’s next Muse. Get to know her!



mayowa nicholas bellanaija may2016 aScreen Shot 2016-05-21 at 14.33.43_A star was born at the Elite Model Look in 2014 when 17 year-old Mayowa Nicholas won the competition. She made her mark at the autumn/winter 2016 shows, walking for brands like Prada, Miu Miu, Hermes, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Smith, Missoni and closing the Loewe AW16 show. Editorial and commercial shoots with United Colours of Benetton, Jeremy Scott and Off Black Magazine to name a few.

Harper’s Bazaar describes her as a newcomer making an “unforgettable mark at the autumn/winter 2016 shows, with her poise, pillowy lips and perfect runway physique charming casting directors, designers and fashion denizens alike.”mayowa nicholas bellanaija may2016 aScreen Shot 2016-05-21 at 14.04.13_

Not only is she a beauty, she comes complete with brains as well! Mayowa told Harper’s Bazaar in an interview that if she wasn’t modelling, she’d be a chartered accountant.

“I would be in college studying financial accounting to become a chartered accountant. I still plan on going back to college to study that course, because I love anything that has to do with calculations.”
 Read more of the interview here.

With all her incredible work so far, it’s no surprise she’s caught the eyes of one of our  favourite Nigerian designers, Lisa Folawiyo. Both Lisa and Mayowa gave us a sneak peek on Instagram of what they’re working on and we can’t wait to the the outcome. They’re teaming up with photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo and judging from the body of work from the creative trio respectively (a spectacular designer, a supermodel in the making and a genius photographer), it’s a  dream team in the making.mayowa nicholas bellanaija may2016 aScreen Shot 2016-05-20 at 23.46.07_ mayowa nicholas bellanaija may2016 aScreen Shot 2016-05-20 at 23.45.11_

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Photo Credits: Mayowa Nicolas | @mayowanicholas, Lisa Folawiyo Studio | @lisafolawiyo_studio,, Harper’s Bazaar

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving


  1. Author Unknown

    May 21, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    This girl is all sorts of gorgeous.

  2. xxxx

    May 21, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Wow to all d works she’s done and d names in such a short time.
    Way to go
    Great start!

  3. Kadara

    May 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    She’s striking

  4. S!

    May 22, 2016 at 2:12 am

    How would you guys not include her Balmain walk?

  5. Iriowen

    May 22, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Omg! She’s gorgeous. I am prouder each day for being born a Nigerian, because of people like this.

  6. Tunmi

    May 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    If she loves calculations, I definitely recommend actuarial science

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