Vanessa Ohenlen is an entire aesthetic; rich, golden, complex and full. Her social feed is an immaculate compilation of style inspiration, a whole mood that you couldn’t pin point unless you actually spoke to her. So we did! Keep reading for the full Ohenlen feature below.
Introduce yourself, who are you, where are you from and what do you do?
My name is Vanessa Ohenlen, I am 22 years old born in Nigeria and brought up in Germany Hamburg until I was 4 years old and now living in East London. I am currently on my second year studying Public Relation at University of Arts London and I also do freelance modelling and acting on the side.
How did you get started?
I started freelancing in 2016. It was definitely hard finding modelling jobs at only being 5’5. With the help of Modelmayhem and fashion workie I managed to get my first few jobs, after a while I started getting noticed by casting directors, photographers etc on Instagram and with that came new and professional work.
What was it like working with FKA Twigs on the zine?
It was soooo amazing like it felt like a dream because I love her as an artist and i never imagined that i would be working with her one day. My friend @livokai did the casting and she messaged me and recommended me to FKA Twigs. We did the shooting at her house in London and when I was introduced to her, she was super lovely and kind including the whole team, I felt so comfortable like she was my homegirl hahaha.
What’s been the best campaign or projects that you’ve worked on thus far?
One of my favourite projects that I got to do this year was a print fashion editorial for ‘Out of Order magazine’ which was styled by one of my favourite stylist ‘Ursina Gysi‘. And I also got to do a FW17 Nicopanda campaign which I loved so much. Lastly I got the opportunity to walk at London Fashion Week SS18 for designer Asai , it was such a cool experience and I got meet new people.
Are there any creatives that you’d love to work with?
I would love to work with @lottavolkova one day , she is such a dope stylist , she works with a lot of big brands like Balenciaga and Vetements.
Where do you wanna be in 5 years ?
In 5 years time I definitely want to have landed my first big lead role in a movie.