Artist Spotlight: Soouizz
What is your name?
My name is Emeka Okeke AKA Soouizz
Tell us a bit about yourself/background
I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. Been living in New York now for about 8years (since 2010). In this time I’ve come to earn the rights to call myself a wardrobe stylist/content creator/ plus model/ influencer.
When did you start doing this (art/music/production/design etc.)?
I started creating content/influencing since 2014. When I first started it was more like a hobby/passion. I did shoots every other day, both with friends and some of my Instagram “family” (still do).
How was the reaction/feedback from those around you (family/friends)?
Certain friends/family were not exactly supportive. This one uncle of mine told me I was too big to model and there was no market for it. He said to stay in school and just graduate with my diploma in computer science. I did not listen to him because I knew I had a bigger calling.
What inspires your art?
My inspiration comes from both my nostalgia from growing up in Lagos/Nollywood and also classic vintage African American movies.
What is your favorite piece and why?
My favorite piece so far has to be my all white Nike shoot (not sponsored). I think that was the moment I realized this was much bigger than just me. This is for all the plus guys out there with a dream to model or become an influencer on a much bigger platform.
Who would you like to work with /who inspires you/ which artist do you admire?
I would like to work with all the high end brands i.e. Gucci, Luis Vuitton, Dior, Ralph Lauren, etc. because at the moment there’s no representation for plus guys in any of these brands. I feel like it would be dope to be the guy who paved the way. I’m cool enough 😊
Eventually, I would like to be more of a wardrobe stylist/consultant rather than model. But modeling is cool, I’m super comfortable behind the camera so it’s all good either way.
What advice do you have for anybody out there who wants to be an artist like you?
For anyone trying to model or create content on the same level as i am, honestly, consistency is key. If you’re not passionate about it don’t force it. Make sure every day that passes by contributes towards you mastering your craft and the sky will be your limit.