Most people know Laurie Frempong from social media or on a billboard somewhere in Accra sometimes from a digital campaign because she’s the “it” girl who makes you jealous of her melanin and flawless natural hair. A blogger, social media professional, nurse and model, Laurie is still on a beautiful journey of self-actualization and living her dreams one day at a time.Known as someone who doesn’t give up and a fighting spirit, she’s braved the odds in a local industry that hates their own, rather choosing light skin models for gigs. She embodies the powerful words from Whitney Houston’s hit song “I’m every woman, it all in me” and here’s her side of the story.
Enjoy our conversation with your favorite model’s biggest crush!!!
As a Ghanaian child, was it ever part of your dreams to become a model instead of the other white collared jobs parents tend to enforce on their kids??
Laurie: I always knew I was going to follow my heart. I didn’t know what exactly I was going to do but I knew that whatever it was it had to make me happy and fulfilled. I remember my teachers saying I was going to be a lawyer because I could talk all day. I had a camera pointed at me for most part of my childhood, so when I decided to model, I felt right at home
You are a certified nurse by profession yet you are strutting the runway as model. It’s quite confusing for the ordinary Ghanaian but do well to tell us who exactly you are.
Laurie: (Laughs)I am a professional nurse , I practiced for a while. Currently I work as a model, blogger and also manage Luxoca(an online store)
How’s the life of a model and blogger like?? You must be pretty rich isn’t it?
Laurie: (She laughs again and proceeds to answer the question) Life as a model and a blogger is a constant learning process. In our part of the world the money isn’t great but if you do it for the passion and you are consistent, the benefits are endless. There are still a lot of people who don’t see modeling and blogging as work, and don’t want to pay for it. It’s a constant struggle, that requires patience but also resilience as without it you’ll get taken advantage of.
To answer your question, I’m pretty rich in spirit, waiting for the physical manifestation 😂
Amen somebody!!! Who are some of your modeling inspirations especially for a Ghanaian such as yourself
I have always loved Kate Moss , Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks . Currently I love Adwoa Aboah, Ebonee Davis, Ajak Deng, Destiny Owusu and Maria Borges. It is not just modeling or fashion only now, it is about activism and using your voice to effect a change and all these super models are doing just that.
Why do you think female models seems to do better than their male counterparts in Ghana
I think it’s a global thing. There are more opportunities available for girls in modeling and fashion in general as compared to guys. It’s not likely to change though. But in recent times the male models who have representation outside of Ghana have left a lot of the girls green with envy lol. In the end opportunity controls it all, once you get it, you run with it and gives it your all.
What has been some of your biggest moments as a model??
Apart from being booked as a Woodin Nigeria face , I’d say my biggest moments were the two times I was pushed out of my comfort zone, first for the beautiful imperfection show for Steve French and quite recently the Obaachan show for Alexandra Tomiyama .
And your worst
I haven’t experienced anything yet that I couldn’t just bat my lashes at and move on. Nothing too terrible yet, thank God
Have you ever had to sleep with someone for a job
I’ve never had to and like I always say, nothing and no job is worth sleeping with someone for.
Who are some of your favorite photographers to work with
I enjoy working with Nana Kofi Acquah, Dextdee Photography, Charlene Asare and Asephua . I’ve worked once with HOKOF and Julia(Riversky Photography) and loved it too.
If you had the chance to move to Nigeria or South Africa or a place where the industry is more advanced would you do it??
I won’t hesitate , but it’s going to be a well thought through decision with a goal in mind.
Do you have plans of opening a modeling agency
I get asked this question a lot. I’m not completely sure yet but even if I decide to have anything of the sort, I’m most likely to open a modeling consultancy firm. Opening an agency is a big deal and I hope people will stop opening a new one in Ghana everyday like it’s a joke.
As a well-known figure in the modeling industry do you think organizers of Award events have been unfair to you with regards to nominations??
Trust me at this point in my career the last thing I’d think about is an award. Yeah it is nice and all but that’s just it. The focus is to build a brand that not only speaks for itself but also encourages other girls and even guys that they can also make it. And that is exactly what I’m doing .
You seem to have a bond with a number of female models. How do you manage to be friends with people who are ‘supposed’ to be your competition??
Well Queens see Queens. And we are better and stronger together . Modeling is such that no two models are the same, not even twins so no one is a competition really. Supporting one another will help the industry get better.
As a model what question will you ask Naomi Campbell if you met her and as a blogger what will be the one thing you’d ask Edward Enninful
Oh I love Naomi, I’d probably just stare at her. Just kidding. I won’t ask her a question, I will thank her for continuing to be an inspiration to black models even in her 40s. God knows representation matters and she’s truly been inspiring. I’d ask the creative genius if he ever runs out of ideas.
Last year you attempted to wear 59 Ghanaian days in 59 days. What happened to that project ??
Well it was very challenging to say the least but the good news is I haven’t abandoned it. Still shooting for it but I will start posting again once I transition from blogger to my personal domain which I’m working on. How have you taken the critics who have bashed you on the red carpet for wearing certain outfits?? Lol! What I wear makes me happy and that’s all that matters.
How have you taken the critics who have bashed you on the red carpet for wearing certain outfits??
Lol! What I wear makes me happy and that’s all that matters.
This is cliché but we still want to know where do you see Laurie Frempong in 5 years when we walk back to you for an interview
A happy blessed me. I’d still be doing what I’m currently doing while pursuing my other passions.