Jumoke Orisaguna is a mother of two who used to walk the streets of Lagos selling bread. Originally a hairstylist from Osun State, south west Nigeria, she was struggling to make ends meet, and left her husband and two children in their home town to become a street vendor in the economic capital.
BEATIFUL MISS X:WHO IS SHE.?Every one has been asking if this lady is a model .. It was just perfect coincidence … She just happened to be walking by while I photographed . It happened so fast .She definitely SHOULD be a model. .. I’m happy to help her build a portfolio if she’s interested .She’s so beautiful and photographed so well. I’ll find a way to track her down somehow . You guys can also help #lagos #doesanyonerecognizeher #okunorentwins #tinietempah @thisdaystyle #lagos
Working from 2:30pm to 11:00pm selling bread, Jumoke would make less than $20 each day –with a profit of around $1.
Now she’s about to become a top model; signed to a modeling agency and gaining international fame and prominence.
A happy accident
Jumoke has since signed a contract with modeling agency Few, and has gone on to be photographed by Bellow in studio shoots.
The mother of two has been given a scholarship to complete her education, and a bank has offered to fund the education of her five- and one-year-old through to university.
6 photos: Jumoke – from street to shoot.
The erstwhile bread seller was a hairstylist in a previous life, moving to Lagos when times were hard. When she was selling bread she would earn as little as $1 a day.
Jumoke Orisaguna was a bread seller in Lagos when she stumbled across a photoshoot between U.K. pop star Tinie Tempah and photographer TY Bello.
She didn’t know whether to stay in the shot or not. Eventually, Bello asked to photograph the two of them together.
Bellow says that at the time, “I didn’t think I made a great image,” but when she posted the photos on social media there was a strong and overwhelming response.
“She seemed a little confused,” says Bello. “Some people were asking her to walk past really quickly, others were asking her to stay, she was just in limbo. I said ‘is it ok to take your photograph?’ And she nodded ok.”
Olajumoke behind the scenes My first fashion shoot in Yoruba .. Joy !@emaedosio made a short documentary about this day .It was awesome working with such an amazing team @bimpeonakoya worked for free like she was paid a billion dollars . I love you with everything . @zubbydefinition oga zubs always making magic . We made that gold headpiece from scratch with gold bangles and a broach . Fitted like a crown!!!Thank you guys for sharing and being part of the story . I feel so fufilled and this whole process has blessed me beyond words . The meeting with @payporte was awesome today … Go Jumoke !!!!!!
OLAJUMOKE ORISAGUNA : GRACE. (PART 2)’ Aso kan na ni mo wo kiri Lana ‘.. Jumoke the ‘model’ the Internet had been searching for speaks almost no English. She explained how she had worn the exact outfit in our photograph the day before and someone showed her her own photograph on his phone from face book. A mallam led her to my studio that morning . She narrated her journey to lagos …A hair stylist from Ire in Osun state but not making enough profit between she and her husband , a sliding door installer in from same village ,to care for their two young children . At the invitation of a distant relative who knew someone operating a bakery , she relocated lagos with her 14 month old daughter to give bread hawking a try , leaving her husband and older 5 year old behind . As I listened to her I wandered if the beauty I had seen on my screen as I edited my image was a fluke ..well until she smiled ., I realized that I was wrong ., I had in fact ,underestimated the beauty of this 27 year old woman. As always ., it was her eyes and of course her perfectly chiseled features that jumped out at you when she chuckled .This lady belonged in front of my camera .After a conversation with her husband telling him the story of our meeting I decided I was going to photograph her that very afternoon..Within an hour ..Bimpe Onakoya , one of Nigeria’s leading makeup artist and Zubby one of my favourite hairstylist were at my studio to work magic. They had both followed the story online and were more than happy to put in their very best for her. Olajumoke .., with curly extensions out ,revealed a short natural Afro that beautifully hugged her face.@Bimpeonakoya also had decided to keep the make up minimal… She stepped in front of my camera and I almost couldn’t recognize her . She moved different too.Jumoke looked straight into my lens emoting like she had done this all her life …. I knew we had found a star #tybellophotography #olajumoke #makeup by @bimpeonakoya #hairby @zubbydefinition #blackbeauty shot with @phaseonephoto @profotoglobal @chimeralighting #grace #beauty