FROM ELLE MAGAZINE TO COVERING DEBONAIR AFRIK MAGAZINE.
For as long as I can remember, “The only thing that made me, or any of us, special was that no one in the whole of history would ever see the universe exactly the same way any other of us saw it and believed in it
As humans, we are born to live only once and die so what are you doing with yourself. We pleased to celebrate our identity and our history and that is what our cover star Aisha Med is all about. ‘celebrating her identity “.. Fashion has moved from just wearing clothes into becoming a voice in the society.
Aisha med, a Ghanaian – Romania based model. Following her for a while now on Instagram, She wowed me when she covered Elle Romania in 2018 with her youthful dark skin and graceful smile making her the first black model to cover Elle Romania in a whitewashed country.
Back in Ghana during her visit in summer, the team got the chance to meet and work with the supermodel.
DEBONAIR AFRIK: Tell us about yourself
AISHA MED: I am a Fashion Model and A Fashion Designer born and raised in Obuasi, Ashanti region.
Q: How was your growing up in Ghana
A: I had a spectacular life growing up in Ghana, in terms of education and my upbringing
Q: When did you start modelling?
A: I started modelling in 2009.
Q: What is your motivation for becoming a model?
A: My motivation started with pageants. I used to admire all those beauty queens and I discovered Americas Next top model which drove out the inner fierceness I had, which I never realized.
Q: How important is modelling for you and why?
A: Modelling is like my baby. It has always been a stepping stone for my Fashion Designing Career which would be birthed soon with a first collection.
Q: What do you think about the fashion industry in Ghana?
A: The fashion industry is doing well, but it can do better. There are so many gifted and potentials out there.
Q: Any big names you have worked within the fashion industry so far?
A: Yes, Harvey Nichols, Elle Magazine( România/USA), Cosmopolitan Magazine, Fashion Days, Nissa Official etc
Q: How does society appreciate you as a model?
A: Honestly, mediocrity is what makes society appreciate you these days and I am not the type that seeks acknowledgement from society. As long as what I do makes me happy, that’s all that matters.
Q: What is the craziest thing you have done as a model?
A: Shooting in a 0 degrees weather on a rooftop with unstoppable winds. This day was one of the most challenging days of my career but hey I still delivered as I do always.
Q: Who is your favorite model and why?
A: Naomi Campbell. Her age hasn’t stopped her from being fierce!
Q: What are your 3 favorite theme shoots?
A: Abstract, Glamour and indigenous things or people
Q: Do you consider modelling as a hobby or as a profession?
A: Modelling is a hobby and a profession for me. It’s something I really enjoy doing and I have personalized on a particular niche( Fashion Model) that brings income as well.
Q:How many agencies are you signed up with and what is your monthly income?
A: Currently, only one. About my monthly income I would like to talk about it but not today, another time… hahaha!
Q: What are your goals as a model and how do you see yourself progressing in the field?
A: Modelling isn’t something you can do forever since there’s an age limit. My actual goal is penetrating through the fashion industry with my clothing Brand and there’s so much to achieve with this. Hopeful for the future
Q: How do you combine modelling with Family life?
A: I plan well enough so it doesn’t conflict with family needs. Haven’t had issues combing both.
Q: What are your hobbies when not modelling?
A: Exploring the world!
Q: What is unique about your look which makes clients book you?
A: My thin ankles, Skin and the short hair
Q: What was the experience like being the first Black model to cover Elle Romania?
A: It was a roller coaster of emotions. When I did the shoot, I didn’t know it was going to be on the cover. It’s was awesome!!!
Q: What are your dreams as a model?
A: I dream of covering Vogue Magazine some day!.
Q: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
A: Showcasing my Clothing brand on the well-known fashion weeks around the world.
Q: What are your limitations as a model in your present country? Do you think the diverse culture has helped sharpen the modelling industry in a way!
A: Haven’t had any limitations so far. Yes it has really helped in so many ways.
Q: What is Next for Aisha med after modelling?
A: My clothing brand named after me Aisha Med (@WearAishaMed)
Q: What is it like coming back home and working with Debonair Afrik?
A: Initially I wasn’t so sure of what to expect but when I got on set and saw the whole team, I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to shoot.
Q What does Celebrating your identity means to you?
Embracing who I am no matter the circumstances. I come from both Christian and Muslim background and it’s the best thing ever. I get to enjoy both Christmas and Eid celebrations in my household! Everyone has a cultural identity. Knowing where you come from can give you a sense of belonging and a sense of self.
Culture is all the things that make up a certain way of life or living. That includes all the beliefs and values, language, customs, style of dress, food, song, and stories!
And I am always spreading great things about my identity!
I’d be bringing a couple of friends I made here to see all the beautiful beaches and natural resources we have in Ghana!
And my first collection is solely going to be made out African prints as form preaching diversity.