At the age of 3, a period when many of her peers would have hardly thought about what the future holds for them, June Alaare Wisse, an 8-year-old Nigerian-Dutch model, had started learning the catwalk.
In a chat with BBC Pidgin, the Nigerian-Dutch model born in Ghana said her mother, who is from Delta state, hired catwalkers to train her at a very young age.
“When I was three, I strike as though I was already a professional model. I’m eight and I’m both a model and, poet. How did I learn to catwalk? At the age of three, I looked into the mirror,” she said.
“I felt like a professional model already. But my mum got professional catwalkers so I could learn how to do that. I already started looking in the mirror and walking as though there was a runway and I owned the stage.
“That’s how I learned. I’ve modeled for many brands. I can’t count it but I know the journey is just starting. Other models treat me nicely when I get to communicate. They don’t treat me like a kid. I work with older models.
“I have had a great experience and I’m very happy to be on this journey. I’ve not thought about what I want to be when I grow up. But I think I want to be a singer or a dancer. Tomorrow, it could be a doctor or a pilot.”
Wisse, who is the 2021 Little Miss United Nations NG, said she does ballet dancing, swimming, and plays piano whenever she’s not modeling.
On whether this affects her education, she said she has self-discipline enough to know what to prioritise.
“As kids, we have a huge imagination. The world might be a little bumpy at first. My advice for kids who want to be a model like me is to think positively. I had discipline and self-discipline,” the 8-year-old added.
“I knew when to pull the plugs, stop watching TV, and grab a book. If you do that as I did it, you can conquer the world.”
Watch a video clip of Wisse doing what she knows how to do best below:
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