In an evolving world where women are taking a stand and creating awareness on various issues, several platforms have continually lent a stage. The Face of Vergeria, hosted by one of Africa’s leading digital platforms VL Magazine, is one of such as it continually provides its winners with the stage to create awareness as regards the femdom and humanity in general.
Today, we had an exclusive chat with the winner of the 2018 edition.
Excerpts from the interview…
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Ihemegbulem Ngozi, the winner of the Face of Vergeria 2018
Prior to the contest, were you into modelling?
Yes, I was into modelling part time before I entered the contest
Part time, you say. Aside modelling, what else do you do?
I’m a student. So aside from modelling, I have classes and lectures to attend to and that is why I was not fully into modelling
Oh! Okay. So how have you been coping with the combination of modelling and schooling?
I’ve been coping quite well. At first, it was a bit stressful but I’ve been able to plan my time well so that one doesn’t disturb the other
Can you tell us the experiences you’ve faced as a model
I’ve had the good experience and the bad experience. Sometimes I have to travel out of my own comfort zone to take a job and sometimes I don’t get enough pay as promised but apart from that I’ll say it has been fun and I really enjoy it
How long have you been into modelling?
I just started a year ago
Did you take up modelling on your own or were you persuaded by friends or family?
I’ve always loved modelling but I’ll say my friends did more by encouraging me to take up modelling
Have your family totally been in support of your modelling career?
Yes, they have been totally supportive
There has been several reports of sexual harassment in the modelling industry. Have you ever experienced such?
No, I haven’t experienced any since I started
What is the farthest distance you have travelled for a modelling gig?
I school in Osun State and the farthest distance I’ve traveled for a modelling job is to Lagos
Are you an indigene of Osun State or just based there?
I was born there and I’m also based there but I’m an indigene of Abia State
Besides Face of Vergeria, have you ever contested in any other pageant show?
No, I haven’t. It’s my first
Wow. How did you feel when you were announced the winner?
I was really happy when I was announced the winner. It was a very happy moment for me
As Face of Vergeria, what project(s) do you plan on embarking on?
My project is creating awareness about cervical cancer. I feel the awareness of cervical cancer is not as much as that of the breast cancer and it is the second most deadly disease killing our women in Nigeria so I’m going to organize programs for young women to enlighten them about the disease.
That is nice.
As a beauty Queen, the workload gets heavier. How do you intend combining your duties with studies?
Right now, I’m on a year break so I’ll be putting total concentration on my duties as a beauty queen
Alright. Are you in a relationship?
No, I’m not
Being a model and beauty Queen attracts a lot of attention especially from males. How do you intend coping with that?
As a beauty queen, I have responsibilities and I have examples to show so the thought of everything alone is enough not to get me distracted
On a final note, what advice do you have to aspiring models and pageantry contestants?
My advice is just believe in yourself, believe you can make it, and don’t give up on every setback because failure is the beginning of success
Alright. Thank you for the interview. We wish you a peaceful and fulfilling reign.
Thank you so much for having me. It’s my pleasure.