EUNICE OLUMIDE BACKGROUND
Eunice Olumide MBE is a model and actress from Scotland. Olumide“ means “God has come” or “My Hero has come” in Yoruba.
Olumide was born in 1982 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Nigeria. “She graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a first-class Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Mass Media. She completed a master’s degree in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London and an MA in Metaphysics at the age of 21 after earning a scholarship to study at the University of Pennsylvania.
At the age of 15, Olumide was noticed when shopping on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street, and was then recognized by Select models in London while visiting family. At the time, she knew very little about the fashion industry. She took a break from modeling to concentrate on her studies at university. She has been signed by Premier, KOKO, Nemesis, Mega, La Agenica, VIVA, AMQ, Ford, and IMM Düsseldorf over the years.
She stands 5 feet 9 inches tall, wears a dress size 6 930A”-24″-33″0, and has brown eyes. In Japan, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Poland, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Africa, and the United Kingdom, she has worked on runways, fashion weeks, and photo shoots. Olumide has been published in a variety of publications, including Dazed & Confused, Dry, London Fashion Week Daily, Dansk, Tank, I.D., Grazia, Harper’s Bazaar, Hunger, Oyster, Papercut, New York, Bahrain Confidential, WAD Magazine, Retro, InStyle, Fabulous, Italian Vogue, and British Vogue.
She has worked with designers such as Zandra Rhodes, Myleen Klass, Gio Pomodoro, Caryn Franklin, NKWO, JJ Noki, and Swarovski, as well as Christopher Kane, Jil Sander, Adidas, Evisu, Kswiss, Henry Holland, Jacob Kimmie, Prada, Georgina Harding, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tom Ford, Alexander Wang, and Jacob Birge. Olumide has modeled for Top Shop, Mulberry, Tommy Hilfiger, Ugg, Lee Jeans, Toms, The Body Shop, Alexander Wang, Vivienne Westwood, Bunmi Koko, New Look, and Harris Tweed.
She’s also a Climate Revolution ambassador and a Fashion Targets, Adopt an Intern, and FAD ambassador. During a promotional trip at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2018, Olumide was interviewed by Elizabeth Payton of The New York Times about his book How To Get Into Fashion, which focuses on exploitation in the industry and the impact of Fast fashion. As an equal rights advocate, she delivered a statement in the Houses of
Commons and contributed to Equity’s policy and protocol to protect models in the workplace.
Her debut spring/summer collection was inspired by her Afro-Scottish ancestors, and featured a blend of European and British tailoring, as well as traditional African fabrics and motifs. She collaborated on select pieces with Puma, Top Shop, and Evisu in 2016, and in 2017, she introduced her own accessories collection for men and women, which comprised spring, summer, and autumn winter eyewear.
In 2018, a temporary exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland featured some of it. Olumide delivered an On-Schedule show for the British Fashion Council during London Fashion Week in 2019. Q&A sessions with Dennis Calpone, Afuah Hirsch, Emma Dabiri, and Nish Kumar were held during NGRGFW, as well as a fashion display commissioned by Lambeth Council at Lambeth Town Hall. Olumide took use of the opportunity to raise awareness of the Windrush Generation, who were forcibly deported from the United Kingdom in 2018 as a result of a miscalculation by then-Prime Minister Theresa May and Amber Rudd.
Olumide has toured as a DJ with Grace Jones, Damian Marley, and Nas. Matt Sorum will perform at the Apollo, Lovebox Festival, The Great Escapes Festival, The Groucho Club, Soho House, Glastonbury, and Websterhall NYC, among other places. Olumide has worked with musicians such as Skepta, Wiley, Roots Manuva, The Game, Common, Busta Rymes, Wu-Tang, OT Genesis, and Jay Z. In April and June, she went on tour with The Roots and Mos Def, performing in cities such as Orlando, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, as well as at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee. Michael Winslow of the Police Academy in the United States and the United Kingdom has also received her support. Grahame and Jack Corbyn’s charity Christmas song, Rock With Rudolph, which they wrote and produced, featured Olumide in 2018. Recorded in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital by 26 celebrities and released digitally by Saga Entertainment on November 30, 2018 under the artist name The Celebs. The song reached number two on the iTunes pop chart.
During the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, Olumide rejoined with The Celebs to raise donations for the Alzheimer’s Society and Action for Children, which now included Frank Bruno and X Factor winner Sam Bailey. They recorded a new version of Shakin‘ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone, which was digitally distributed by independent record label Saga Entertainment on December 11, 2020. The music video premiered exclusively on Good Morning Britain the day before its release. The song hit number two on the iTunes pop chart. In 2021, Olumide returned to The Celebs to record a cover of The Beatles’ classic Let It Be (Beatles song), which was produced by Grahame and Jack Corbyn with the assistance of Stephen Large. The song was recorded at Metropolis Studios in support of Mind (charity) and released on December 3, 2021 by independent record label Saga Entertainment. Anne Hegerty, Ivan Kaye, and Georgia Hirst were among the members of a celebrity choir backing Eastenders star Shona McGarty.