NEW YORK — Prada is transformative. Never mind earnings reports, metrics for mere mortals after all, Miuccia Prada is visionary in all she does. Earlier this year the casting that took the runway for the Prada Women’s Fall 2018 show included a diversity quotient rarely witnessed. Viewers will remember Anok Yai, first model of color to open the show in more than 20 years, but also in the lineup that evening in Milan was a 19-year-old beauty from Lagos, Nigeria, one Eniola Abioro. This school teacher of three years turned model caught the eye that night at Prada and never really surrendered it.

On the heels of a brilliant show season that included appearances for Versace, Saint Laurent, Loewe, and more, Eniola has finally made it to New York where she is working steadily. Her proudest moment in her young career so far would be walking for Versace. “Fashion at its peak,” says Eniola, referring to styling, the makeup, the lights, the electricity of the moment. Eniola clearly made an impression that night, in fact Pat McGrath featured her prominently on her Instagram wearing the Versace look.

In person Eniola is a revelation. She is undeniably beautiful, but is also incredibly warm and self assured for young age. This in part is explained from her experience teaching kindergarten, where above all she learned patience, a skill amongst many that will stand her in good stead in the modeling industry.

Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Eniola Abioro”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management.