Fashion model, Babalola Otitoju Joseph, also referred to as Joseph Water, has said that he was always going to remain indebted to his mother, for the immense role she played in helping him to accomplish his dream of becoming a thriving model and going to college in the United States of America.
Joseph Water said he has achieved a lot combining fashion modelling with college education as both have opened new vista of opportunities for him to advance both careers and develop himself.
Babalola Otitoju Joseph, whose nickname was formerly Joseph Walter, but has since been changed to Joseph Water, was born and raised in Nigeria but was taken out of the country to United States of America by his mother when he was 20 years old.
While he was in Nigeria, he showed his interest in fashion modelling, trying out his hands in beauty completions like Mr Handsome, Finest Boy and Face of the Community. Despite getting accolades from people who hailed his handsome look, it was in the United States of America that Joseph Water was fully exposed to the world of modelling.
Recalling how it all began and the role played by his mother in his career and life, Joseph Water, said, “the one person that really influenced me is my mother. I grew up with her and she always told me education is the first thing and where ever I found myself I should always remember who I am.
“I was born in Nigeria and remained there for 20 years before moving to America. Growing up, I had dreams of becoming a fashion model and was able to begin to develop my modeling career when I moved to the United States.
“When my mother had the opportunity to bring me to the United States of America, it propelled me forward to want to invest in my career. At first, it seemed that everywhere I went, people would tell me that I could be a great model because I had the look. This is what pushed me to begin doing photoshoots.
“After a year of working with different photographers, I finally started attending casting calls and from there began walking in fashion shows around Dallas. Just after a year of being in the United States of America , I was presented with an opportunity to participate in New York fashion week as a runway model.
“Participating at the New York Fashion Week was an impactful experience for me. For accomplished models and those aspiring to make it big in the industry, the New York Fashion Week is more than a fashion show. It’s just surreal and awesome experience being able to participate in this epochal show just a year after I came to the United States of America. I
“I had the opportunity to meet with several stylists, models, and designers which was a great networking opportunity for me. I believe that through hard work and concentration you can make your dreams come true.
“My mother always wanted education to come first. She would.always tell me that education would remain with me even after I might have stopped working as a model. She always harped on the need to go to school and get a degree and I listed to her. I am still in school to finish my degree but actively pursuing my modeling career as well. There is no rule written anywhere that I cannot be successful in both areas, so I am committed to both fields”, added Babalola Otitoju Joseph, aka Joseph Water.
Speaking on what it takes to climb the ladder of success in fashion modelling, Joseph Water said, “you have to be confident no matter the situation that comes your way. You have to learn to cope with rejection, because there are rejections from more jobs. If you’re a catwalk model, you have got to learn how to walk. You’ve got to learn how to perform in front of a camera, and you have got to build your book, your portfolio, and build it to the look that they want you to portray as a model”,