"You should be comfortable and confident in what your wearing and rock it. " - Emmanuel Crepin-Nkaba
Stage Name: Emmanuel Crepin-Nkaba
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Profession: Student & Model
We are official back with our weekly Feature program. We have special guest interview today with the one and only Mr. Emmanuel Nkaba. The charming 19th year old is Ryerson University Sports Media major, actor & fashion model. Ladies and gentlemen, before we start this interview allow me to re-introduce you to my dear friend/brother Emmanuel once again.
The aspiring model Emmanuel, in 2018 was annouced as the new face model of LEXYNELLE REVEUR Afro-urban brand. He was also featured in 9th annual Ottawa African festival fashion show along East African BET Icon Eddy Kenzo ft Ugandan sensation Triplets Ghetto Kids.
He has only been modeling for year. Emmanuel is currently pursuing his Bachelor degree in Sports Media Program at Ryerson University best known as Canada's leading prestigious media school.
We are thrilled to have him today on NEECEE LEXY to discus with us his journey in the fashion industry & his future plans as sports media personality. I would not shock to see him on TNS or Sportsnet in future. Without any further ado, please welcome Mr. Emmanuel.
Tell us about yourself
My names Emmanuel Crepin-Nkaba I’m 19 (6”4 210lbs), I was born in Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo (s/o all my Congolese people) I’m currently attending Ryerson University in the Sport Media program. Basketball was my first passion but I also enjoy acting and modelling. I’m really into urban fashion, I like to stand out when I dress. I have an older brother and a little sister so I’m the middle child which can b a blessing and a curse. Also the main thing about me is that I love having fun, whatever I’m working on, I have to have fun doing it. Some people take life too seriously I think that you should enjoy life as much as possible.
When did you start modelling?
I started modelling a year ago, I’m still pretty new but I enjoy it. I’ve been acting since I was a kid. I used to do improv and then I had a minor role in a play for charity and then I played a major role for a school play. I’ve also been featured in Isaacs skits. I just like entertaining and having fun while doing it. I believe that people are more entertained and engaged when they sense that you the actor or model are genuinely enjoying what you do. When you enjoy something you give it your all, which is very important to me.
Who inspired your modeling career?
For me people that really inspired me are Micheal B Jordan, Broderick and Asap Rocky these guys are stars in the modelling/fashion industry and like me their black so it definitely made me feel like someone like me could also reach that level. I also have to mention Will smith, I just feel like me and young him see fashion the same way and we use it to express ourselves.
What is your go to fashion tips?
My go to fashion tips are to always have clean shoes, shoes are very important to an outfit so make sure the shoes you have on reflect your mood. Be creative, fashion to me is subjective, if we all thought and dressed the same way fashion wouldn’t exist. Therefore, don’t hesitate to step out of your comfort zone and dress how you want to dress. The last tip is to be comfortable, no matter what you wear if you are uncomfortable it shows. You should be comfortable and confident in what your wearing and rock it.
What is your favourite (s) runway experience(s) and why?
My fav runway experience was the African fashion show in Ottawa. It was my first taste of the life of a model, having to travel to Ottawa and to work on my walk with Nancy and Flau. Also meeting other models and having to work with them for the show. I believe that me and my partner definitely lit up the show. It was amazing to see the crowds reaction to the different outfits.
What can we expect from you in the next 2 years or so?
As of right now I’m working on my walk and my body. I wanna get super fit for summer and do a summer photo shoot so stay on the look out for that. Lastly I would like to do some acting here and there I’m currently a student so it’s not easy to balance everything but my main goal is to work on my body and walk. My quote this year is “Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready”.
You are talented athlete and actors. Can you please tell us more about it ?
Sports and me go way back. I’ve basically been playing basketball my whole life. I played prep 1 year before going to Ryerson for the Sport media program. Although, I don’t play sports competitively anymore I still wanna stay around it and give back to it. To me it’s always been sport, acting and fashion became more of an acquired taste over the years. I have been acting for a very long time. It started off with Improv and school and then I was in my first independent play with my older brother. We practiced hours and hours every Saturday so it definitely thought me the work ethic that goes behind something like that. Most people just witnessed the finished product but there’s a lot of work happening behind the scenes. To top it off lads year I was featured in a school play called the flick. Which basically consisted of 3 main characters. I was one of the leads and it was very rewarding to see myself grow throughout the years. To put smiles and entertain the audience. I never felt more alive then when I was on that stage.
Are you currently working on any acting projects?
I am currently in school and working so I am really just trying to work on my fitness and my walk. I want to stay prepared for any opportunity that comes my way.
Who are other talented designers or directors and influencer you would hope to collaborate with?
As of right now I just want to keep all my options open. Also keep working on myself and start making a name for myself.
EXCELLENT WORK! Thank you so much Emmanuel for being our guest feature on NEECEE LEXY. We wish you all the best as you continue to grown in the entertainment and fashion industry. We are looking forward in hearing more from you soon. We would love to re-interviewing you in the near future. To our readers make sure to follow him on social media to stay update with Emmanuel's Industry evolution.