A Bread Seller Accidently Walked Into A Photoshoot And Ended Up With A Modelling Contract

Talk about being at the right place at the right time.

Cover image via Ty Bello

About a week ago, Nigerian photographer and singer/songwriter Ty Bello was doing a photoshoot with British musician Tinie Tempah when a woman selling bread happened to walk right into her shot:

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After the shoot, Bello posted on her Instagram, writing:

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However, at first, Bello hadn't given her a second thought:

"The moment didn't look special at all. If anything, she stood there a little confused. Some people asking her to leave the set and others asking her to stay. I signaled [to ask] if it was ok to take her photograph and she agreed, and I pressed on my shutter so she could move ahead. I was wrong to have paid her such little attention. Every frame with her in it was perfect," she wrote on Instagram.

Looking through her photos after the shoot, the Nigerian artist found herself drawn to the figure of the local bread seller.

So she decided to post about her on Instagram in order to get more information about the woman who had made Bello pull her focus from her main character.

A few days later Bello shared her first shoot with Orisaguna, which featured on the cover of Nigerian magazine 'This Day Style'

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She also shared more about Orisaguna's life:

"A hair stylist from Ire in Osun state but not making enough profit between her and her husband, a sliding door installer in from the same village, to care for their two young children.

At the invitation of a distant relative who knew someone operating a bakery, she relocated to Lagos with her 14-month-old daughter to give bread hawking a try, leaving her husband and older 5-year-old behind.

As I listened to her, I wondered if the beauty I had seen on my screen as I edited my image was a fluke, well until she smiled, I realized that I was wrong, I had, in fact, underestimated the beauty of this 27-year-old woman. As always, it was her eyes and of course, her perfectly chiseled features that jumped out at you when she chuckled. This lady belonged in front of my camera. After a conversation with her husband telling him the story of our meeting, I decided I was going to photograph her that very afternoon. Within an hour, Bimpe Onakoya, one of Nigeria’s leading makeup artist, and Zubby, one of my favourite hairstylists, were at my studio to work magic. They had both followed the story online and were more than happy to put in their very best for her.

Olajumoke, with curly extensions out, revealed a short natural afro that beautifully hugged her face. @Bimpeonakoya also had decided to keep the makeup minimal. She stepped in front of my camera and I almost couldn’t recognize her. She moved differently too. Jumoke looked straight into my lens, emoting like she had done this all her life. I knew we had found a star."

Orisaguna, who is now signed to Few Model Management, is excited to get her career started as a model, wrote Bello

"Olajumoke is elated and trying to take it all in," she told HuffPost. "Today she just concluded on a two-day shoot with CNN international. She's really inspired so many people out here in Nigeria and apparently across the globe. It's all so surreal."

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