Absolutely Fabulous recognition for model superstar

19 June 2017

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) alumna Eunice Olumide has been made an MBE for services to broadcasting, the arts and charity.

The supermodel and actress was given the accolade in the Queen's Birthday Honours list over the weekend.

She studied Media and Communication at GCU before shooting to international stardom.

Born in Edinburgh, Eunice has worked all over the world and has been twice nominated by The Scottish Fashion Awards and Vogue.com as Model of The Year.She has appeared in both national and international campaigns, fashion weeks and editorials, and walked for designers including Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Harris Tweed. 

Much of Eunice’s career has been spent fund raising for charities, including Children’s Hospice Scotland, Climate Revolution, Fuel Poverty Action, The Well Foundation and The Columbus Hospice, as well as working with big brands such as The Body Shop and Vivienne Westwood.

She is currently the Ambassador for Zero Waste Scotland and Breakthrough Breast Cancer TLC, joining the ranks of Kate Moss, Edith Bowman, Twiggy, Alan Carr and Sharon and Kelly Osborne.

Over the past few years, Eunice has starred as the lead actress in The Chicken Trial at the Pleasance courtyard, had a cameo in Ab Fab The Movie and Star Wars: Rogue One, and main roles in the upcoming comedy After Louise with award winning Greg Wise (2017), One Sweet Antidote (2017) with Lenny Henry, and BAFTA nominated Middle Man. She is also a regular contributor on BBC and SKY TV and a celebrated public speaker, hosting a variety of events from The Herald Fashion Awards to The Berwick and Cannes Film Festival.

Eunice said: “I accept this honour and dedicate it to all the people I grew up with and have worked with over the years, who have faced significant calamities and difficulties in their lives. It is an opportunity to show that anything is truly possible.”

GCU honorary graduate Mel Young was also recognised for his significant contribution to sport and social entrepreneurship with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The sportscotland Chair and founder and President of the Homeless World Cup has won global acclaim for his tireless work in promoting the power and social benefits of sport.

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