The success story of fast rising red carpet host and model, Dorcas Zibiah Anani, is a good example that dreams do come true.
As a teenager, Anani discovered she was blessed with the height and figure of a supermodel.
Her face, body language and the way she walks exudes the features of a catwalk model that just stepped off the runway.
Though she was enthusiastic about everything that has to do with fashion and modeling, with her friends and family always encouraging and pointing her towards her dream, life served her different plates before she could finally live the dream.
Now a 34 years old, a wife and mother to two children, Anani proudly told Sunday Telegraph that that her modeling career has just begun. “It’s better late than never. Life did take me through different turns but I am happy I am finally where I was destined to be.”
Completely proud of where is coming from and optimistic about her future, she described her life struggles this way: “I had the looks and the charisma but life happened and I had to focus on survival first before any other thing. At first, I sold fairly used clothes called bend down select or okrika in secondary school. Then I became a receptionist at a school right after. I did the front desk for a popular music band and had health issues for over a decade. After I came back to life victorious, I also tried air hostessing but it didn’t work out. I worked as an event usher for many years and the tried modeling again but it did not work out at that time either.
“At some point after being frustrated of not hitting it off with my modeling career, I found myself walking the entire Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area in Lagos chasing after debtors for a Micro Finance Bank that offered me a job. I quit after my shoes gave up on me, then started voiceovers and presenting and was not paid for months. I stopped work to have my first baby. I went back to work in the media and started an online African fashion store without capital, and now, I am a co-owner of a media outfit in Nigeria.”
She agreed that her busy schedule working in the media and her life as a wife and mother, somehow made her drift from actualising her modelling dream.
Finding her way back to fashion, photography and the runway which she has loved as a child was not easy. She fought her way through the obstacles to see herself back on the runway.
“I have always had love for modelling and flare for fashion. I mean it goes as far back as my teenage years. Unfortunately, life happened like I explained earlier when I described my story. But you know how it is when you are born for something; it finds its way back to you. So the urge was burning, the zest was there.
Compliments from friends, acquaintances encouraged me not to give up.
“My hubby would say ‘madam, modelling and fashion is you’. He often said my eyes literally lite up when I hear the words ‘fashion, photography and runway. So I started my journey back to my dream by getting fit and reaching out to a couple of designers and boom, here I am, not letting this dream slip away ever,” she said.
So far, she has been privileged to be costumed by some notable designers, the likes of Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Agatha moreno and the likes. She recently modelled one of Agatha Moreno’s special collection, Chyatelier, Purple Dove,3118.
“The most important thing about my story is that there is still a great need to inspire mothers who have given up their dreams for family and kids’ sake. Basically my modelling journey is to inspire women especially mothers that being a mother or wife isn’t a good enough reason to quit. You quit now, you age and die with regrets,”
Even after becoming mother of two children, Zibi Anani as she is fondly called has a striking slim figure that makes he look younger than 20.