He is a model from Senegal whose way of the arts, almost like a mastery of his own touch led us to want to know more about him.
Here’s Papa iceberg’s interview with uyoloconnects. Enjoy, comment and follow him on his social links!
Uyoloconnects: Have you always wanted to model? Who mentored you to become the model that your are today? Why the pseudonym papa Iceberg?
Papa Iceberg: I never knew what i would do. I have never been sure of life and destiny. I have never dared to plan things i’d do in my life. It scares me,...
I never thought at some point in my life I would “model” (I insist on the QUOTES on “model”).
I don’t want to define what i’m doing. I don’t want to box myself somewhere. It is beyond me.
I have always been guided by this uncontrollable desire of self discovery through self expression.
Once in Dakar, six years ago, I found the courage to express what was bubbling inside me
That's what pushed me to be in front of the camera (but not only ...) to give free rein to my stealthy mind and let my many "me" express themselves freely.
I have never had a mentor. But i have inspirations and people i look up to. People i take the good from.
Papa Iceberg: Papa is my nickname and Iceberg is a metaphor. A metaphor of us as humans; about how plural we can be in a human form. How we can hide what we really are behind a physique.To me everyone is an Iceberg. Everyone is more than what we think they are and what we boxed them to be...
Uyoloconnects: From some of your visuals, shoots and fashion sense; it appears that you favor to dress to look like you were from the 60s or 70s. Where do you get this fascination with vintage from?
Papa Iceberg: I’m connected to anything past, old, To anything with a past life. I love vintage because of how it makes me feel. It feeds the nostalgia of life, of what we’ve missed. Because i feel like time moves very fast, so fast it scares me. It doesn’t give us freedom to enjoy what it brings. It always replace things and people very fast. It makes me sad. We lose everything, everything but the soul. And that’s what attracts me.
On one hand, I've got it from my mom. She inspires me a lot in every way.
On the other hand, I find inspiration within myself. I love seeking inside that nostalgia, it feels good.
Uyoloconnects: What do you hope to bring to the people aspiring to become models; especially Africans?
Papa Iceberg: Modeling (or any type of personal expression) is to me is a whole commitment. A commitment to SELF first. It’s about expressing yourself through yourself, it’s a genius form of self expression. It requires a lot of courage, especially in some places in Africa.
But I believe us, Africans are ready! We’re ready to decide.I’m surrounded by creative and talented people, they’re willing to bring positive change and tell their own stories. They have visions and they know where they’re going.
I think I'm one of those (at least I'm aspiring to be).
I just hope we, young creatives realized that we could be part of african narrative.
Uyoloconnects: Are you currently based in Senegal? What is one major advantage of modeling where you come from rather than in a western country. What would be a setback to modeling in Senegal?
Papa Iceberg: I was born and raised in Senegal. I’m based here. It’s a very beautiful place, full of inspirations that helps our creativity. That’s something I'm very grateful for as model.
I’d travel and explore the world of fashion, art and creativity if I could. But for now we do what we can, with what we have where we are.
At the same time,it can socially be a heavy place. I think my fellow creatives can relate. It’s a place where everything/everyone wants to change a part of yourself, They are easily disturbed in their comfort that they don’t want to leave…
It’s understandable, but I feel like this generation needs more space.
Uyoloconnects: Tell us a little about your current projects. Who is your favorite designer to work with? Do you plan to branch out from modeling? What would you do?
Papa Iceberg: The main project we’re focused on is AMY MGMT. It’s our mother agency based in SENEGAL.
When we realized that many young Senegalese passionate, talented and beautiful share the same battles as me in terms of representation and freedom in their personal expression, we’ve decided to found Amymgmt: it is a mother modeling agency that aims to be an international agency. it scouts, recruits, manages and represents young Senegalese who want to represent Senegal around the world; not only in fashion but also in art, creativity and culture.
Social links: “I believe in sharing, in getting together to build something up.”
IG handle: Papa-iceberg