Meet Precious Kevin, Model-Of-The-Moment And The Latest Grazia Cover Star

The 20 year-old's catwalk debut was at February's London Fashion Week.

Precious Kevin

by Natalie Hammond |
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Precious Kevin, 20, grew up in Nigeria and, since being street-scouted in Lagos, has walked in some of fashion month’s biggest shows - JW Anderson, Prada, Saint Laurent and Valentino back in February and March - and just landed her first magazine cover with Grazia. Here, she shares her story.

What was your journey into modelling?

I had a dream of being a model ever since I was a child, but as time went by I had to push it to the back of my mind. I'm from a family of five and I’m the first born. I knew I had a lot of responsibility so I decided to focus on my siblings. I was not born with a silver spoon. I'm from a very poor family, living in a very poor environment, and [was] sometimes bullied.

Precious Kevin
Simone Rocha AW20 ©Getty

I was scouted on the street of Chisco Lekki in Lagos on my way home from church, crying on the road because I was disappointed by someone I work with. I had no money to go home so I had to walk for a long distance. Then I met my mother agent, Miss Aishat Bello, who saw me on the street and asked if I would like to be a model. I told her, ‘Not yet’, because I knew I had to give all my time and I knew I had to provide for my younger ones. She gave me her card to call her when I was ready. I got home that day and told my mum about it and she told me it was time to focus on my dreams because time waits for no man. I called her and she signed me.

Simone Rocha’s show, at London Fashion Week in February 2020, was your first. How did it feel?

I was so excited. It was a day I'll never forget because I knew my dreams were coming true and I thank the Lord for making everything happen. I knew it was a big step and I would make my family proud and be able to support and send my siblings back to school.

Precious Kevin
JW Anderson AW20 ©Getty

You walked in some major shows last season. What do you think about when you’re on the catwalk?

All I could think was, ‘Lord, thank you,’ because this wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Him and, secondly, I had my family on my mind and was thinking, ‘Mum, we made it.’

How would you describe your style?

Tomboy, funky and modern.

Precious Kevin
Valentino AW20 ©Getty

Grazia is your very first cover! How does it feel seeing yourself on a magazine?

Oh my God! I was so excited. I can't even express how excited I was. I called my mum and said, ‘Mum, we did it.’ I thank the Lord God for everything and I want to thank [the] Grazia team; they were so amazing and loving. A big thank you to my amazing mother agent and to my Titanium Management family for making it happen.

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