MOTI’s new queen, king promise to impact on lives
The new Queen and King of the just concluded Models On The Island (MOTI) have said they would work to impact on the society.Speaking at a press conference held recently, the new MOTI Queen, Tracy Solomon, said she would be focusing on malaria control, creating more awareness on the harmful effect of the disease on children and pregnant women.
“I am embarking on my pet project very soon, as a way of giving back to the society. It would be on malaria because it kills people every day, especially children. I would be organising seminars to enlighten people on the causes, effects and treatments of the disease. We shall be taking the crusade to schools, markets, rural communities among others,” she noted.
Solomon admitted that it was hard to get the crown, as she competed with 80 ladies who were equally gifted. She added that they were given many tasks with little time.
The Cross River State-native, said she has always experienced sexual harassment even before becoming a queen.“Once you are a model, men will definitely come after you. You must be yourself at all times. I have never slept with a judge or an organiser to get a crown.”
According to a co-founder of MOTI, Joseph Etim, they have concluded plans to initiate a campaign tagged: ‘Models Are Not Prostitutes.’ He said they were worried about the position of models in Nigeria.
“Twin Image Concept is running a campaign tagged ‘Models Are Not Prostitute’ and over 5, 000 models will be involved. We want all the winners in our camping exercises to come together to push this particular project. Though modeling agencies make it look like the profession is meant for ladies of the evening, we want to enlighten parents and the public that there is dignity and reward in the profession. It is a profession one can earn a living from, but most agencies ask for sex before they give out jobs. It is wrong to sell your body to get a modeling job,” he stressed.
Etim explained that MOTI camping exercise would empower models on acting, television commercials, photography, modeling and other aspects of entertainment.
“We had the first edition last year. This year we camped 80 models at the Tarkwa Bay Beach in Lagos and the grand finale was held on Easter Monday. We have our King, Queen and the Face of Ghana. This edition was opened to contestants within and outside Nigeria.”
The Face of MOTI, Jessy Baboshia Jonah, described her experience in the camp as challenging as they had to wake up as early as 6am for activities.
“I am a Nigerian, but I live in Ghana. We have many ladies interested in modeling in Ghana, but they don’t have the confidence for it. All they need is someone to help them to develop themselves and this is exactly what I would do after this edition.”
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