Young male model Richmond Ekow Barnes talks to us about how he got into the modelling industry, the brands he’s worked with and more.

Describe Richmond Ekow Barnes to someone who is reading about you for the first time?

Richmond Ekow Barnes is a 21 year old, a proud Ghanaian from Elmina in the Central region, very down to earth but crazy amongst my peers. I love to read and write whenever I have free time.

How did you get into modelling?

After high school, whilst waiting for my WASSCE, I had a photographer friend Idona now based in Germany, who was having a photo shoot with a male model who didn’t show up. He asked me to try and the pictures came out well.

He said to me that I would be a great model if you decide to be serious about it. I started out as a freelance, going for photo shoots just to build up my portfolio.

Richmond Ekow Barnes
Richmond Ekow Barnes

When was this?

Four years ago, 2011.

What kind of modelling do you specialize in?

Editorial, Runways and TV commercials.

"Some clients do ask that you work for free"
“Some clients do ask that you work for free”

Does modelling pay?

Yeah, it does pay depending on the client. Some clients do ask that you work for free.

Which brands/companies have you worked for so far?

Currently, a brand ambassador for a Namibian Mens Bespoke Brand Loux , Lourens Loux Gebhardt aka LouzTheVintageGuru, Wusuwaah’s Diary for a fashion video shoot, Doneal Collection by Neal Davids for his Androgynous Summer Collection yet to be launched, Apatapa Collection and MG86 for their Royal Beads, a luxurious beads for Men of Gold.

Have you been part of any fashion shows/events? Names?

Mercedes Benz Africa Fashion Festival, runway show for ‘A Gentleman’s Living’ by Loux which was my first official runway show and a lot more.

Eko at the recently held Mercedez Benz fashion show held in Accra
Eko at the recently held Mercedez Benz fashion show held in Accra

Publications?

UK Travel Magazine ‘Suitcase Magazine’ themed ‘Power To Feel’, shot by British Female photographer Adrenus Craton , Gentlemans Valvet Magazine also in the UK , Nigeria’s OYA online magazine, Hiphoplock Digital in the United States of America , and ‘The Namibian’ , Namibian’s largest newspaper.

Which Ghanaian or international model inspires you to get better at your job?

Attah Junior, now based in South Africa., he’s such go getter and also Fernando Cabral.

Young and promising
Young and promising

Any thoughts on how the Ghanaian modeling/fashion industry can get better?

I think our generation is going to be great with regards to the fashion industry, if only the favouritism will end and models paid well.

Educational background? 

Currently a student of Ghana Technology University, studying Information Technology.

By: Gameli Hamelo/enewsgh.com

Additional credits:

Photographer: Manuel Lensman  Sackeyfio

Suit Clothing: by Lourens Loux Gebhardt

Accessories: Royal Beads powered by MG86
Vintage Clothings: Apparel by Neal Davids

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