Miss Queen Nigeria 2017 Sandra Essien
An entertaining interview with Miss Sandra Essien
Interviewed Conducted by: Priscilla Philips
“ Miss Queen Nigeria 2017 Sandra Essien “
Shakara 360 Magazine Digital Edition 1
My nama is Sandra Essien, current Miss Queen Nigeria (Excitement!)
I would like to describe myself as a multitalented person as I Act, Sing and a Model too who is currently studying biochemistry in the university of Port Harcourt.
How did it all start?
I started off modeling way back in my teens in my home town “ Akwa ibom “ where I started taking modeling trainings and learning how to perfect my catwalks as I was terrible in it even as a very feminine lady.
So, I entered for the competition for Miss Queen Nigeria here in PH, but before all that I was part of a band that plays at the presidential hotel and a couple of other hotels in Port Harcourt where I have been with for the past three years as a singer – so I juggled alongside with my modeling career.
What made you become a Model
Fore me I never knew modeling was a big deal, I came from a small town and back in Akwa Ibom there isn’t much exposure on the industry and there isn’t much shows to accommodate Models. I remember watching Victoria secret on cable and seeing all those beautiful models on the runway made my heart leap and I just loved it and I said to myself “ I would be on that runway someday “ it was something I was sure I wanted to do as a young girl and this made me go in for modeling classes which I did for three years before relocating to port Harcourt where I got to find out that it was a very big industry and that motivated me the more. Out of modeling, I ushered for A-list events and one of the events I was on stage as a nominee award model to present awards to Artist.
How did you cross over as a model to pageantry?
As a model, I explored in all things entertainment. After I came into Port Harcourt I joined a modeling agency “wave Modeling Agency who then polished my modelling skills and as well introduced me into Beauty pageantry Side of modeling and gave me all the necessary trainings I needed.
Right after that I entered for Miss Nigeria and came out first runner up Miss Akwa Ibom and a few others. I gained more grace and charisma in the Beauty pageantry.
What is the difference between Modeling and Beauty Pageantry?
Well, there is quiet some difference. Modeling is about fierce and attitude while Beauty pageant is about charisma and being a Cinderella – the display of very high femininity. And having all my fierce and attitude turned into soft and graceful wasn’t so easy because this two are apart but with the help of my agency It came all easy. A big Thank you to Wave Modeling Agency for believing me in me and my sweet sweet mother who was ever supportive.
What are your present focuses
Currently, I am all focused on my education as a student in the University of Port Harcourt and once am done; I will be pushing fully into acting.
How does this – modeling benefit your other talents?
It is all under the same umbrella of entertainments and art.
So as a singer I become more versatile in my performance on stage because of my modeling skills and that of my acting. These days, you get roles that has to do with the character knowing how to sing or model – and because I have this skills, it comes pretty easy and making my acting appear more original and well delivered.
Any Pet project on your sleeves as Miss Queen Nigeria?
Absolutely, there is always a pet project which I am particularly excited about and sentimental as well especially that it had to do with taking children off the street and providing basic needs/welfare for them.
I for one know that narrative of growing up with a single mother after my dad die my mother gave me all her support and love to follow my dreams. Although my father was positive about my modeling and I would have love to have him see me going into history as Miss Queen Nigeria “ May his Rest In Peace papa! (Feelings of sadness).
Follow your heart and done give up, keep the image of what you see for yourself and chase it.