Eunice Olumide

Model, actress, presenter, curator, philanthropist
BA (Hons) in Communication and Mass Media 2004

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Eunice’s career as a fashion model began when she was scouted at the age of 15. Over the years she has worked with Tom Ford, Prada, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood. We found out more about her model career as well as the many other strings she has added to her bow. 

She has featured on runways, fashion weeks and high profile shoots in Japan, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Poland, Germany, UAE, USA, Africa and the UK, and modelled for numerous fashion brands including Adidas, Topshop, Mulberry, New Look and Harris Tweed. 

She has been nominated twice for Model of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards, sponsored by Vogue.com. In 2013, she was awarded Best Contribution to Fashion and Media in Scotland at the Scottish Fashion Awards. 

A primary focus of Eunice’s is mentoring young people through workshops and youth groups. She is also a patron for Adopt an Intern, a non-for-profit which gives opportunities to graduates from all socio-economic backgrounds. 

“I have somehow created this reputation of someone who is secretly trying to save the world! I think that the world we live in today has a lot of significant issues largely because everyone is not doing their own little bit. 

“There are billions of us on the planet and if we all did a little bit we wouldn’t have the problems that we have. We are all connected to one another, every action has a reaction,” she said. 

She has also lent her support to numerous charities including Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, The Well Foundation and Love Music Hate Racism. In 2013, she became an ambassador for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, alongside Kate Moss, Twiggy, Sharon Osborne and others. 

She is a freelance broadcaster and has worked for Sky and BBC reporting on the BAFTA Scotland Awards and live from the Cannes Film Festival. In 2012, Eunice produced an exclusive documentary with Vice magazine’s Andy Capper on his film Reincarnated starring Snoop Dogg. 

She said: “People say to me ‘oh you do so many things!’ I don’t feel like I do a lot of things, I just do me. I love creating art, I don’t care if it’s art that I make, curate, talk about or pose in, to me it’s all the same thing but to other people it’s lots of different things.” 

Among her frequent television presenter and guest appearances, is the BBC3 documentary ‘Make me Muslim’ in 2014 and BBC2 programme ‘Scotland’s Treasures’ which explored artefacts from the National Museum of Scotland. 

“As an Afro-Scottish person, I feel that I didn’t have any black role models when I grew up. I was highly influenced by black Americans, none of them did one thing so I just thought it was normal. 

“None of them only acted, none of them. All the people I was inspired by, be it Dave Chappelle or Eddie Murphy, they were all actors, comedians, musicians, producers, directors and they still are.” 

Eunice is also an actress, featuring in ‘World War Z’ with Brad Pitt, and George Clooney’s ‘The Jacket’, amongst many other local productions. She is a familiar face at the Edinburgh Fringe, plus she occasionally hosts events and does stand up. 

She has featured in blockbusters ‘Ab Fab: The Movie’ and ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’. Reflecting on her memories of filming Ab Fab, she said: “That was really fun. It was weird though, everyone in it was people I knew already and they’re all friends. It’s kind of like having a party with my usual mates who I usually hang out with but we’re being filmed.” 

In 2018 she hosted a fashion show, called #notags, for Glasgow based project R:evolve recycle which promotes sustainable fashion. She is also an ambassador for Zero Waste Scotland. 

She has opened up Olumide Gallery in London and sold art pieces to the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Harry Styles. Also, she has linked up with the V&A design museum in Dundee. In 2017, she was awarded an MBE for her services to broadcasting, the arts and charity. 

Before Eunice’s fashion career took full swing, she decided to get an education and she was the first in her family to attend University. GCU appealed to her because the course offered the opportunity to travel and gain practical experience. In the third year, she attended the University of Pennsylvania.

 She said: "Without my fabulous education at GCU, I would not be the person I am today. I came to Glasgow Caledonian to do the media course because I thought it had a more practical element. 

“There were more opportunities for scholarships and to travel and so on so that just appealed to me a lot more than doing a course that was purely theory based." 

Eunice has taught a guest lecture for fashion students at the GCU London campus. 

“The final thing I would like to do in my career is teach,” she said. 

Visit Eunice's website for more to see more of her projects. 

http://euniceolumide.com/about/