Malik Percival Olatunde is a professional model, basketball player and street photographer and also the founder of Scribe Model Africa. In our exclusive interview, Malik talks about his modeling career, personal style, brand, and much more.
What has been the most challenging part of being a model?
Keeping up with my professional level and keeping up with my standard as a male figure in terms of maintaining personality of being a model and a regular person. Also being a runway model is also tasking in terms of keeping up with client demands and keeping the constant look.
How long have you been in the modeling industry?
I have been in the modeling industry for almost 7 years.
What inspired you to pursue modeling as a career?
At first modeling wasn’t part of the plan but I was discovered by a female friend which conceived me to be a model then I pick up the inspiration from there and boom here I am.
Tell us more about Scribe Models?
Scribe Model Africa is a model academy and a mother agency for aspiring models who which to purse a career in modeling.
How do you manage your models and your own career?
Managing my career as a model is quite easy for my because I have been there for long I know how the modeling industry operates so I use that in managing other models career which is a very good advantage for them to learn from me directly.
Which brands have you work with so far?
I have worked with Vigotag United State, UFB model Africa as a trainer and Scout, Preshy apparel and Dhabby stores etc
Do you think the profession of a model is not as easy as people assume?
Modeling profession is not easy as people assume because you have to be patient, be trained and well groomed in order to become a professional model which requires time, money and energy demanding.
What makes you stand out from others?
What makes me stand out for other models is my trademark and my facial structure.
Which supermodels did you look up to when you started your career in modeling?
I look up to Daniel Maritz (DLM) and Francis Polo (Fresh Pepper)
Aside modeling, do you have other jobs or you are a full time model?
I am into clothing designing and illustration and also street photography.
How do you describe your work ethic?
My work ethics is understanding the demands of the client and also creating a very good working environment with my fellow models by exhibiting 100% professional standards.
What would you say about the Nigeria modeling industry so far?
Nigeria Modeling industry is not giving models the opportunity to showcase their work potential because there are no proper code and conduct guiding the industry.
Which brands are you looking forward to working with?
I will like to work with Pepsi, Nike, Nivea and BMAMODELS
Any advice to the aspiring models?
My advice to aspiring models is not to think about making money on first trial as a model, to know their market, get trained and well groomed.
How do people interested to work with you, contact you?
They can get me through Instagram @official_malikpercival @malik_Percival