The definition of true beauty with model Ekow Kinarsh, a reflection of humility intertwined with high end fashion. The mid-twenty year old originally from Ghana, West Africa is giving the city that never sleeps a run for their money with his rich dark complexion, profound bone structure and personality that out shines the nightlife of NYC!
With a mix between the physical appearance of the actor Djimon Hounsou and the runway expertise of model Tyson Beckford, Christina Jeter gets the real 411 of who Ekow is and it’s not all from how he looks, but who he manifest!
C.J.: What made you relocate from Ghana, West Africa to the USA?
E.K.: Growing up in a country where I saw a lot of people struggling. I knew off of first hand experiences how it felt to be helpless. So coming to the USA, land of opportunity, gave me the chance to succeed at my passions in life and help others at the same time!
C.J.: What is your advice to those aspiring to be a model?
E.K.: My advice is to just go for your dreams, do it and do it well! Also in everything you do, stay humble and remember to give thanks to your Creator (God).
If you have a creative mind, you should express it. Pursue your passions in life. By doing so it is like leaving footprints behind and others who notice you will either follow behind you because you inspire them to be like you.
When you don’t live your life to the fullest, it is like working a job you despise, you are miserable and it feels like a punishment. So when you do what you love to do and passionate about, I can guarantee you that you will never work a single day in your life.
So whatever you choose to do in life, do it well! Also education is one thing i will like to remind other models to have. Never forget to have education as a model, because we all know that this career doesn’t last for a life time and as we live in this imperfect world, anything can happen to your modeling carrier (Accident). We can’t rely on our looks only as a way of survival even though we love what we do. We can do more than that and that’s why having a good education is very important for a model.
So having education as a backup is always the great thing to do, you will always have something to fall back on and also that gives you other career choices in life. Many people stereotype models as not being book smart which i strongly disagree, but we can’t just say the word disagree but rather have to prove them wrong by getting a good education.
C.J.: What are you studying in school?
E.K.: Even though I work in the health care profession because I enjoy and entail the responsibility of being a nurse. I am going to school to be a graphic designer. I want to be versatile in expressing my artistic creativity. I don’t believe in placing all my eggs in one basket, as the saying goes.
C.J.: Have you ever faced issues with body dilemmas that are projected on what seems like mostly female models?
E.K.: I personally haven’t but I always make it a point to eat healthy and maintain my physique. I don’t go crazy about how many calories I eat a day, but I do watch what I put into my body and the effect it will have by my consumption.
C.J.: Your black is beautiful, how do you feel you help people of darker complexion in and out of the business appreciate being themselves?
E.K.: I know at one point people with darker complexion faced scrutiny in the modeling industry, but gratefully times have progressed. Now people should never let their color discourage them from their dreams. Your color shouldn’t be a disadvantage or downfall but your strength. Today every ethnicity is showcased in advertisements such as commercials, movies and etc.
C.J.: What is your ultimate goal with modeling?
E.K.: I want to be a role model by influencing people in society with my personality and images. I know I can get my humanitarian goals out to a wider audience as I continue to succeed on this ladder of success, plus I would love to break into acting!
C.J.: What are some of your future goals with modeling?
E.K.: I would love to model for Calvin Klein and model with Tyson Beckford.
C.J.: How do you stay humble in a business where you are being glamorized?
E.K.: I come from a family that is big on respect. Plus it is who I am as a person. My father once told me to fear people, not meaning the definition of this literally, but to appreciate a person, no matter who they are, what they look like and where they are from, because the world is a journey and you never know when you will meet them again or how they can have influence in your life at some point. Life is a journey and in this journey we have a lot to learn.
Ekow Kinarsh does an outstanding job educating anyone he encounters that he needs no differed introduction if you acquire his company, because, “I will never be, who I don’t want to.” The non- disrespectful, un-cocky and never arrogant model has nothing but a free-spirit that evolved upon never being judgmental!