Victor Ndigwe: Model Off Duty

This season, Victor Ndigwe walked in shows like Hermes, Balmain, Dries Van Noten, DSquared2 and Versace. In the next in our series with street style photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce, Victor sat down to talk modelling, motivation and everything in between. For the second part, head to Jonathan’s blog, Garcon Jon.

Photo © Jonathan Daniel Pryce

What do you like about fashion week?

This is my first season doing London men’s fashion week. In Paris and Milan, there aren’t a lot of black models there, but here I see lots of black guys. I don’t know what to expect, but I just think it is gonna be good and I am looking forward to the shows. I hope I get good shows. In my mind, I am like: Victor, get five shows. If I get five shows, I am good! 

Photo © Jonathan Daniel Pryce

How do you relax after walking in shows?

To relax, I generally just listen to music. Talk to people. I like talking to people when I can because back home I don’t get to see a lot of people from elsewhere. Interesting conversations helps me to relax. And music - sometimes when I have the chance I play sports. I love tennis. Or I pick up a pen and write music if I want to.

Photo © Jonathan Daniel Pryce

What music are you listening to right now?

I'm currently listening to Fada Fada by Phyno. He's a Nigerian artist and the song is like a ghetto gospel talking about how he struggled till he achieved and him thanking God about it. I'm also listening to I Got the Keys by Dj Khlaed featuring Jay D and Future.

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What was your funniest experience during fashion week?

Funniest experience… I think when I was walking on the road and I was tired, I just came out of a casting, and there was a group of seven girls. They were Asian. And they walked up to me and asked me ‘Are you a model?’ and I’m like ‘yes’. She was like ‘Are you Victor?’ ‘yes’. She just said something I couldn’t understand, and then they all got their cameras out and took a selfie. Everyone was laughing, like what just happened?! I came in for a hug, and they were like what!? It was really funny.

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What are you into apart from modelling?

I do music, I design. I love designing. I don’t know how these things came to me. Same with fashion. I don’t know how, sometimes I tell my friends I am into fashion. They had to do an assignment, and I was like, why don’t you do it this way, why don’t you do this that way? They took it to school and they were like ‘wow’! So from there they just kept coming back. Victor, what do you think, what do you think? I am not a man who goes to a drawing board, but I could think about something and tell them about it. I’m pretty good with fabrics, too. And I don’t know the names, but I know this is good for this, you know. It just comes naturally. Some people say, Victor you could be a stylist, and I am like I don’t know about that! I mean I know how to dress myself, but I don’t know how to dress people.

Photo © Jonathan Daniel Pryce

What advice would you give people?

If I have to say anything right now, it would be to people back in my country because many of them want to be a model, many of them want to travel. But at the end of the day, just be you, and do you the way you can. Some of my friends are styling celebrities, in Nigeria I have some friends who do illustrations now, I have loads of arty friends. If modelling works for you, cool. Sometimes you don’t choose modelling, modelling chooses you. So for now put your creativity, put your energy into something. Try to make it better around you and it all happens, basically. 

I'd also say to everyone let's live in love, peace and understanding. With everything I've seen in my life, I could write you a song about how living is short and how loving is long.

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