Olutosin Araromi is a first generation Nigerian-American college graduate of Montclair State University who holds a bachelors degree in health and human services with a minor in psychology. Olutosin currently works as a model, presenter and public speaker with the hopes of getting into motivational speaking in the near future. She is a avid woman empowerment advocate and has been featured on numerous woman empowerment platforms as a panelist.
How did you get into modelling and beauty pageants? Was it always a dream for you to enter the industry?
I entered my first pageant at age 17 and I feel in love with pageantry ever since. Shortly after my first pageant I started modeling and it has also grown into a passion of mine. My mother actually thought pageants would be a good influence on me because in school at that time I wasn’t actively involved in any extra curricular activities, so pageantry first started as a positive outlet which later turned into something I loved. To be honest I never grew up wanting to be a beauty queen but once I realized the difference I can make in society just by having the platform of a title, I then realized my true calling in life.
As Miss Universe Nigeria, many young women look up to you. Who was your role model when you were growing up?
I have a lot of role models growing up, I think as girls the first woman we want to naturally emulate in life is our mothers, so of course I looked up to my mom, besides her just being my mother she was a exemplary woman all around. My second role model I would say would be tyra banks. Obviously she is a beautiful woman but what I most admired about Tyra is how she used her platform of modelling to launch a career in various fields. She didn’t just subject herself to being just a “model” she made herself so marketable in other fields as well which generated multiple incomes for her. As a millennial in the times that we live in its essential to have different skills to generate various streams of residual income. Besides that Tyra is intelligent, witty and very relatable which are characteristics I admire.
What have you learned about yourself through the journey?
Through out my life/career journey I have learned how strong and resilient I truly am. Life has not always been perfect for me, but I’m able to bounce back and keep a positive mindset. A quote I live by is “You cant have a testimony without a test”. Everything one goes threw in life is just preparing them for another level in life, so I look at all my trials and tribulations as small hurdles I must overcome to attain my highest self.
What do you do for fun?
I love to travel, read motivational books and stories and even through quarantine I developed a new love for baking!
What are some of the challenges you face in the pageantry industry?
I will still say internationally there are still issues of racism and colorism. But with movements such as BLM I would hope one day we can truly be judged by our content of our character instead of the color of our skin.
Who is your favourite local and international beauty queen/model and why?
I would say my favorite local beauty queen is Nigeria’s first Miss World Agbani Darego, she defied the odds and won such a prestigious title and has made a name for herself locally and internationally. My second favorite beauty Queen would be Pia Wurtzbach Miss Universe 2015. Pia is a woman of substance and she is very goal oriented, I think she had such an amazing reign as Miss Universe and she is still making a lot of relevant moves in todays society.
What is your biggest achievement so far?
I would definitely say winning the title of Miss Universe Nigeria 2019, and being able to represent my great country on a international stage. I am also very proud that I was able to place in the top 20 at Miss Universe 2019 and I officially became the second Nigerian woman to ever place in the history of Miss Universe. Those are moments and achievements I will cherish for the rest of my life!
Do you think young people are actively involved in youth development?
Yes and No, I would say yes because there is a lot of young people doing great and powerful things in society. But on the other hand some youths can sometimes use their talents for mischievous things. So in all I would love to see every youth in society domestically and internationally use their gifts and talents for good, use your talent to progress humanity and your society.
Any projects you’re involved with at the moment? If so, tell us about it?
Yes I’m still actively building my brand, besides pageantry I’m currently in the beginning stages of starting my own non profit organization, which will be all about women and youth empowerment as well as impacting the underprivileged. Besides that would love to get more into media/entertainment and be a full blown media personality in Nigeria and hopefully one day the whole of Africa. Furthermore, in the near future I see myself starting several businesses and going back to school to attain my Master’s degree.
What advice do you have for people who want to enter the industry?
The advice I would give to aspiring pageant queens are be confident in yourself and trust your abilities. You are the only you in this world, so be able to have pride in that and love yourself no matter what society tells you. And as I tell my pageant mentees you are not in competition with anyone besides yourself, so just try to be a better you each day!
Lastly, which social media platforms can we follow you on?
On Instagram my handle is @iamolutosin my facebook is Olutosin Araromi and my business email is email@example.com.