In an exclusive interview conducted by Eze Uwaezuoke, with Ms. Elora Williams, an international Caribbean Model based in Paris - France, who has held the ace for the likes of Fenty Beauty, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Gucci, Unilever, Mercedes Benz, Coca-Cola, and Nike; unequivocally expressed herself on issues ranging from the controversial feminist movements, to how as a beautiful woman she deals with men who want intimacy with her.
- NIGERIA'S foremost female writer Chimamanda Adiche drew fireworks from Fox news, CNN and other media space, by saying... What's your take in this regard?
- As a pretty woman, how are you able to manage varied attentions from those who would like to get a bit more intimate with you?
It's a pleasure having you on zeeny360.com Can we get to meet you? Who is Elora Williams?
Elora is a young entrepreneur, model and image consultant based in Paris.
Speaking of you, can you tell us your statistics & where you are from?
I'm 5'11.5. I'm from a small island in the Caribbean, Martinique, currently based in Paris though.
How long have you been in this industry?
This would be my 4th year.
We understand you have modeled internationally. Is that correct?
Interesting! Have you always dreamed of being an international model? When and how did the spark towards this journey start?
Honestly I didn't even know I would become a model. It happened so fast. Initially I was introduced to the Industry by my best friend, Tara Falla who thought I would greatly fit in. I loved the experience and decided to give it my best. This was after high school.
Oh... Really! What can we say were your initial childhood career goals?
You know where I come from. Things weren't so good. What I really wanted is to become financially stable, be able to provide for my family and siblings. I had no plan but I knew somehow gotta make sure my family lives the good life.
Career-wise. I really had no plan. Was quite a stubborn kid.
Waoh! How would you describe the level of competition you faced coming to limelight in the modeling industry?
Very Competitive! I'm not really at the limelight yet, but getting to where I am has drawn quite a fight from the team and me.
Competition is tough. Everyone wants to be a model nowadays. Everyone wants to outdo the other. It is healthy though.
What will be the top, the limelight for Elora?
Not really after the limelight, as a model the top would be working with eminent brands across the globe, whether I'm in front or behind that camera.
Initially, you said you are an "entrepreneur, model and image consultant." How are you able to be all these at the same time and lead a regular life? How are you able to joggle all these at the same time?
I am a heavy ‘multi-tasker’, which is an added advantage. Well, I have managed to set these things in a way that they, in lack of a better word, "support each other." I run few businesses back at home, Martinique. Have some help from my mom and brother who oversee their activities. As I travel the world with the modeling errands, I use that opportunity to network with different people, see what people do, borrow some ideas, if something is needed ship it over or whatever. And an added advantage thanks to the internet and all, it's easy to do all these at the same time. Like when a company from let's say Africa needs my input on their image, I don't have to be there physically. Everything happens online.
Wow! Would you like to tell us which brands you have modeled for?
Oh so many! I doubt I'll remember all of them but the most memorable ones. Fenty Beauty, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Gucci, Unilever, Mercedes Benz, Coca-Cola, recently worked with Nike. Just to mention a few.
With this resume, Elora still doesn't think she's in the limelight yet?
Many aspiring models dream of being where you are and even to get ahead. What steps will you outline should be followed to achieve success in the industry?
*Laughs. Not yet there man.
Gotta stay hungry you know. Stay hungry. Be consistent. Pray. Build a network. One mistake that many models make is, they start sleeping after getting the first, second, third gig... Waiting for their agent to go out there look for another job for them as they sleep. Instead one should go out there, build on that network and maybe look for errands, learn the tricks of the game from people who have been around and stuff.
Really! Looking at the four year journey, what changes have you witnessed in the modeling industry and what would you like to see changed?
Racism has greatly reduced. I believe the Industry is still working on that, grateful for the progress made so far. Many models aren't paid well. That should change.
Tell us a bit about your job as an image consultant. Are there co-relations with your modeling job?
Yes. I actually borrow lots of ideas from the modeling industry and apply them. Besides, most of these ideas are universal. Let's have me as the subject, as a model I'm supposed to maintain a certain standard, be it online presence, physical appearance, maintain a certain body... Same applies in the business world. A company needs to set certain standards.
The field is wide. But I mostly concentrate on the corporate world.
Females are making giant strides in many facets of life today. However, there are ongoing divergent and controversial views by feminists. What’s your take about feminism?
Feminism. Honestly I don't put much concentration on that. For me it's waste of time.
That's interesting, especially coming from a lady of your status.
NIGERIA'S foremost female writer Chimamanda Adiche drew fireworks from Foxnews, CNN and other media outlets by saying that holding a door for a female by a male, just because she's female, is unacceptable. What's your take in this regard?
Why waste time on such petty things? Haha Anyway if a man holds the door for me I'd appreciate it. If he doesn't, I'll open it myself. I don't see anything worth wasting time on.
Glad to know men should not be scared of holding the door for Elora.
As a pretty woman, how are you able to manage varied attentions from those who would like to get a bit more intimate with you, especially from those who should be professionals in their dealings with you?
We are humans. So I tried my best to put myself in the person's shoes before coming to a conclusion on what to do next.
Some behavior is not tolerated though. If I'm there to work, let's work. If something stupid goes down, I'm out. Outside work... Hey you never know it could be your future husband. Why pretend to be a queen when you’re just another piece in the sand?
You can tell a legit from a con, well, I can. Not sure about the others.
Waoh... This is deep.
Speaking of a husband, how would you describe your ideal husband, even before taking the vows of man & woman?
I don't know. Haven't really thought about that.
Okay. But when any approaches you, what sparks and sustains your interest?
Content. Way one carries themselves... Yeah. What they talk about and how they talk the talk. Haha and how they conduct themselves.
Maybe, you are being tactful on that to avert a con acting like a legit.
You've been to Africa before. Right?
The Caribbeans share a lot in common. Which parts of Africa will you like to invest your time, your experience in the near future?
I apologize in advance. Know you're from the West and I may have roots in the west that I'm not familiar with but I prefer Eastern Africa.
About finally, we like to present a question of moral dilemma.
Under turbulence, imagine you had just one parachute to spare in a plane, between your husband and mum, who would you hand over the parachute?
Hahaa Mom over everything.
I'm sure she'd refuse to leave me there. Who said we can't tie ourselves together and try our luck? No left behind!
Lolzzzzzzz... We hope that situation doesn't come.
What final words will you like to give to your fans, and others who might be looking up to you as they strive to succeed in similar situations of life as you?
Don't give up. Work smart. Be consistent.
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