She is elegant and super gorgeous; her ability to switch between characters in front of the camera is exceptional and mind-blowing. Known in the modeling circus as Ama Sack, Helena Nana Ama Sackey is a freelance model based in Takoradi. Haven graduated from the prestigious Archbishop Porter Girls Senior High School barely a year ago, the young model seems to be enjoying a successful modeling career.
Ama recently got published in LYFE REPUBLIC Magazine; an achievement she is very proud of and believes is the beginning of greater things yet to come. She loves music, reading, dancing, drawing, acting and of course modeling!
Modeling is one of the fastest growing ‘areas’ in arts, the youth of today are mostly fascinated by the idea of venturing into modeling, what inspired you to become a model?
I was greatly inspired by an award I won for the best female photogenic student at the annual Western Students Award show which was held in Takoradi. This achievement urged me to venture into modeling. I love Victoria Michaels, the supermodel! And she is my biggest inspiration. Seeing her picture on products and she walking on the runway inspired me to choose this path though I am not as tall as she is. Aside these I think the fundamental factor is the natural passion I have for modeling.
I know there are a couple of stereotypes associated with the modeling ‘business’, have you ever fallen victim to prejudice or intimidation in your bid to pursue a career in modeling?
Oh yes! We are aware of the general perception that to be a successful model you need to be tall; this is one thing that got me frightened in my bid to pursue a career in modeling. I can say that’s the major thing that scared me from the onset but I am confident now. I wouldn’t stop doing what I have passion for just because my height is not what is expected of a model. I believe there are other branches in modeling where height is not really a major concern, for instance being a photo model or commercial model.
What are some of the strange stories you ever heard from people about modeling?
I remember hearing that models are usually victims of sexual abuse.
Do some of these comments (mentioned above) discourage you in anyway?
I don’t really pay attention to negative comments and stories about a career I want to pursue. I don’t really take some of these comments seriously. I believe it depends on how the models carry themselves.
Has venturing into modeling taught you anything in life?
Modeling has taught me to be vigilant, patient and assertive. Most importantly I have learned to appreciate creativity as it forms a great part of the kind of work I do, it’s necessary to come up with new ideas and concepts for good works.
Who are your top five models (both local and international)?
1. Victoria Michaels
2. Alek Wek
3. Maria Borges
4. Ajak Deng
5. Afiya Bennett
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I see myself grabbing a good job and a good ‘brand ambassador’ deal. Of course I should be married by then with a wonderful family and probably I will consider venturing into acting either here in Ghana or outside.
Do you have any upcoming project you would love to share with us?
For now I have no upcoming project I would like to talk about. I am yet to plan on one
Any message to anybody out there that is aspiring to be a model?
Be you! Make sure you have passion for this career. Be creative and have a great sense of humor. Remember never to give up and never forget about the good Lord you serve.
We cannot end this interview without the fun part of it; this is to explore your interest in entertainment, Arts and Culture. We expect you to be as honest as possible
Who is your all-time favourite Ghanaian Artiste?
I love music but I don’t have an all-time favourite Ghanaian artiste
The Ghanaian society is evolving and this has seen several cultural practices go extinct, if you had the power, which of them will you reinstitute and why?
I would have reinstituted ‘bragro’, one of the practices that socialize girls to grow up into responsible and decent women. It is one practice that promotes chastity
Which one over which:
African Prints VS Foreign Textiles
African prints of course! it’s good to promote and appreciate locally made products
Shatta Wale or Stonebwoy, Kidi or Kuami Eugene
They are all great musicians and I think it will be difficult for me to choose one over the other. Unity is the best tool, they are all good!
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