Beauty and Medicine: Funke Williams
October 24th, 2017
It was a the last day of fittings for lagos fashion and design week and just a day before my first ever runaway experience.
I had a headache so I went out to get a bottle of coke, and as I crossed, a car that i didn’t see coming used the wrong route and hit me…
Of course I fell and sustained few bruises and a dislocation, it was really sad as I couldn’t walk and I had to be on crutches and POP casts.
My first ever runway show ruined!
My first encounter with the modelling world was sometime in 2014 when I just got into medical school, college of medicine of the university of lagos. A competition was going to happen in some months time and every department had to present a representative for the modelling competition, I had flair for modelling already so I gave in, went for the competition and won.
Most families do not support their children or sibling’s modelling careers. Mine took it well; until one time when they were uncomfortable with a particular shoot I did. I later understood why they were so upset about it, they were trying to protect me. At the time they asked me not to model again but I pleaded and promised not to do such shoots again and after a while I got back on track.
Beauty and Medicine
People think Modelling is easy. After all, you just smile for the camera and that’s it. They do not see the sacrifices made. As at the time I was in 400level in medical school, I remember I’d always sneak out for shoots but read very well at night so as to ace the tests and exams. I didn’t want it to hinder my academics so I had to be focused and not waste time doing unnecessary things.
There was a time when i had an in-course (pre-exam in medical school), and i had a shoot that same morning, I went for the shoot and was late for my in-course, my mates had already started, i just begged my lecturers. I told them i had an emergency and so they let me do it; I did pass. God helped me as always.
Working in a hospital and as a model has been tough; but there’s always a way to these things. I book weekends when I’m not on weekend duties or take excuses which can be unyielding a-times but all in all, time management is what matters. Merging Beauty and Medicine is strategic.
I was on my way back from work when the tricycle lost control. The driver was speeding. It fell on my side and was still in motion, thereby dragging me along the road . It was terrible, i sustained a lot of bruises this time, I felt bad for my modelling career, no more fresh skin. To me, that was the end!
I figured I was still alive for a reason and God had a greater plan for my life. It could have been worse. I cried and even got depressed, like why did this have to happen? Another accident? I encouraged myself in God and hoped for these scars to become stars, it hasn’t stopped me.
Scars tell stories, beautiful stories.
I own them now.
No more accidents again by God’s grace.
Models are not wayward
I used to be very judgemental as a teenager. Along the line as I met people, i studied them and understood them. I now put into consideration before I conclude that we all are from different backgrounds and cultural beliefs. What’s right to me may be wrong to you. So i don’t blame People who assume models and video vixens are loose and wayward. This is not entirely true.
Some directors and photographers even offer such outings, hangouts, hookups and all; Because there’s a general notion that we sleep with people for money. like it’s part of our job description; but NO WE DO NOT.
The younger generation
I tell younger models ‘Be yourself, be careful. Have top models you look up to, learn from them, know your strong points and use them well, work on your weak points. Don’t get carried away, many things will excite you.’