Fashion is a way to express oneself and also grab the attention of people; Faith Morey has mastered the art of expressing herself and grabbing our attention through her ultra-sophisticated looks. When she walks into a room, she exudes grace and confidence proving that confidence and style are key to making a lasting impression on people.
She captured our attention as she strode on the red carpet of the screening party of season 2 of the RHOL wearing a show-stopping stunning blue ombre off-shoulder cape that doubled as a train paired with silver sandal heels and a headpiece bringing the look together. Faith does not just turn heads everywhere she goes, she is a thrill to watch on the Real Housewives of Lagos and a delightful person to chat with as well.
One of the many surprising elements of interviewing Faith Morey was her calmness and patience despite the service challenges we faced and our frantic efforts to find a way around it – if you live in Ghana or Nigeria, you probably have been in the same situation.
Faith Morey made her debut in season two of the Real Housewives of Lagos, where she describes herself as “strong-willed”, ‘”principled”, “smart”, “beautiful”, and a “6ft Amazon Goddess” and we agree with her. She is not just a reality TV star who has won many hearts with her charm and extravagant fashion sense but a mother to an adorable boy, a solar consultant, a serial entrepreneur, and a fashion model – In 2009, she participated in a modeling show Nigeria’s Next Supermodel, and has graced the runways of Arise Fashion Week, New York Couture Fashion Week, and Johannesburg Fashion Week. She is also a former basketball player – she played for the Rivers States Junior team in her hometown state in Nigeria.
“Transitioning from basketball to modeling was a learning experience that taught me to adapt and evolve”
Faith is a woman who wears many hats with a personality that triggers a lot of curious minds like ours to wonder how she balances it all and still looks fabulous.
For our December issue, this is Faith Morey as she opens up about Motherhood, Career, The Real Housewives of Lagos, and the future.
“I believe that every “NO” is simply a stepping stone to success”
Before you got into modeling you were a basketball player, tell us what you miss the most about being on the court?
I miss a lot of things about being on the court! I miss the competition, the thrill of the game, and the sense of teamwork. I also miss the discipline and dedication that basketball requires. It’s not just about being physically fit – it’s about having the mental strength to keep going even when things are tough.
When did your passion for modeling first emerge, and what inspired you to pursue a career in the fashion industry?
In 2008, after the Rivers State MVP games, I saw an advertisement featuring Naomi Campbell during the halftime break. She was walking with such confidence and self-assurance as if she owned the world. I remember thinking to myself that I wanted that much self-confidence. It took me a whole year, but eventually, I began to transform myself into the beautiful woman I am today.
It was a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.
Can you remember your first professional modeling gig?
Nigerian Supermodel 2009.
Did you have any role models or mentors who guided you through the early stages of your modeling career?
Several role models have inspired me in my life, including my Headmistress Mrs. Era, my mother, and some of my closest friends. They have been an invaluable source of support and guidance throughout my journey. Mrs. Era and my mother taught me to work hard, believe in myself, and never give up. These lessons have stayed with me throughout my life and career. I truly believe that a strong support network is essential for anyone’s success.
Can you share some of your early experiences in the modeling world and how they shaped your journey to success?
When I first started, I was still just a tomboy, traveling from Port Harcourt to Lagos on a bus. I was unfamiliar with how things worked in Lagos, so I faced many challenges and got a lot of “NO’s”. However, I developed a habit of self-confidence and learned to reframe negative situations into opportunities for growth. I believe that every “NO” is simply a stepping stone to success.
Were there any challenges you faced during your early career as a model, and how did you overcome them?
When I heard the word “NO” – whether it was “No, you’re not right for this show” or “No, you are not a good fit for our agency” – I didn’t take it as a personal rejection, instead, I saw it as an opportunity to learn and grow. I learned to bounce back from setbacks, and it’s been an invaluable experience. Removing the fear factor was a real turning point for me.
What is the one thing you wish you learned earlier in your career?
Obstacles are not the end of the road, but rather a chance to learn and improve. The word “No” for instance is not personal, but simply a chance to try a different approach. I’ve learned that it’s not about whether you succeed or fail, but rather how you respond to setbacks. I believe this mindset has helped me in my career and life.
What is the one trait you think contributed to your success?
Alongside persistence, self-discipline, and passion, it’s also important to have a strong sense of motivation and drive to achieve long-term goals.
“Motherhood has given me a new insight into the true meaning of life and the precious gift that it is”
What’s the one phone call that changed your life?
Hmmm, in 2010, I got a phone call from my doctor that I was 5 months pregnant. “I almost shit in my pants”.
You have achieved a lot, is there any you’re most proud of?
Being successful and a hands-on mother while also building a successful and happy life, just as I envisioned at an early age.
How do you balance work life and being a mother?
Balancing work and motherhood is challenging, but very rewarding. I set goals for both my work and my role as a mother, so I can spend quality time with my son; Ethan and make the most of our moments together.
What kind of mother are you?
I am an excellent teacher, fun, caring, loving, a good listener, and a wonderful friend.
What is the thing you most like to do with your son?
Traveling! Traveling is our favorite activity because it allows us to create memories, listen to audiobooks (by David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Tom Clancy, and David Rosenfelt), binge-watch Netflix, ride horses, and pretend I’m a horse. I enjoy listening to Ethan – he is an old soul, so we discuss and debate current events. He’s very intelligent.
What is your favorite part about being a mother?
I could go on for days about the wonders of motherhood because some things are hard to put into words. Being a mother is both a privilege and a blessing. I get to watch my amazing son grow, I get to learn the art of negotiation, I get to see the world from his perspective, I get to love and be loved unconditionally, and I have a part of myself walking the earth. Motherhood is truly one of life’s greatest gifts.
What changed most for you when you became a mother?
Motherhood has given me a new insight into the true meaning of life and the precious gift that it is. I’ve learned to prioritize what’s truly important and let go of the rest. I’ve learned to set boundaries and say no when necessary. Motherhood has taught me more about myself than I ever imagined possible.
What’s the one thing motherhood has taught you?
When life gets hard and you feel all alone, remember that you mean the world to somebody and that somebody calls you mom.
Does your son want to follow in your footsteps?
As a parent, I hope my child will achieve more than I have, reach even greater heights, and define success on his terms. My job is to help him set goals and encourage him to reach for the stars. I want to see him happy and fulfilled in whatever path he chooses.
With all the hats you wear (Mother, Businesswoman, and TV Star), which brings you the greatest joy?
That’s easy, being a mother.
How did you transition from a successful modeling career to TV, and what inspired you to explore this new creative path?
Transitioning from basketball to modeling was a learning experience that taught me to adapt and evolve. I see television as a continuation of that journey, and I want to use it as a way to share my life story and challenge stereotypes about Black people in the media.
“I know who I am, and I don’t let others define me”
As an aspiring actress, if you could play any role, what would it be and why?
As an aspiring actress, I’m open to any role that comes my way. I believe that a good actress can transform into different characters effortlessly. I plan to work hard, stay focused, and seize every opportunity that comes my way.
When did you feel confident enough that you could own your narrative as a mother and a TV personality?
I view my involvement with the Real Housewives of Lagos as a partnership. The production company’s characterization of my role has incorporated real parts of my story to deliver a meaningful dimension to the show. 7 years ago, I started my journey to self-discovery and true happiness, to learn who Faith Morey is without labels. I think I was ready to tell my story in hopes of inspiring young girls like me.
Season 2 of Real Housewives of Lagos, how has the experience been like so far?
The overwhelmingly positive reaction from viewers and the media confirms that I made the right decision in pursuing this path. I’ve received messages from mothers who appreciate my portrayal of the hard work of raising children, from models who are glad that the world sees that they’re more than just their physical appearance, and from my counterparts who were inspired to strive for more. My character embodies grace, elegance, and class, and I’m grateful for the platform. Knowing that I’m making a positive impact feels incredible.
What have been your favorite moments on the Real Housewives of Lagos so far?
I enjoyed meeting other housewives. The experience has been a colorful mix of perspectives and this has allowed me to reinforce my values. The interaction with the amazing crew while shooting my diary sessions made me forget I was on a reality show for a day, I am grateful for crossing paths with everyone I have met during my time on the Real Housewives of Lagos.
Do you ever react to negative comments about yourself?
I’ve been modeling for over 10 years, and during that time, I’ve learned to develop a thick skin. Some of the comments about me are amusing – sometimes even laugh-out-loud funny! I know who I am, and I don’t let others define me. That said, I do share the more creative comments with my close friends. All in all, I refuse to let others’ opinions affect my attitude or self-confidence.
What stresses you out? You always look like you are in control.
There is great power in keeping calm while being misunderstood! I finally hit my “it ain’t worth it” stage. Emotional intelligence is key.
How do you take care of yourself? Do you believe in self-care?
Absolutely! I believe that self-care is essential to overall well-being. I always make time for things like weekend relaxation trips, exercise, and massages and these have a positive effect on my physical and mental health. It helps me feel refreshed, focused and energized.
“No matter how much education, talent, wealth, or status you have, your treatment of others tells the whole story”
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I’ve learned that I’m not responsible for how others perceive me, and I’m not just the sum of my physical attributes. I am family-oriented, I will pick being on the couch with my family watching Netflix. I’m a multi-faceted person who values intelligence and hard work.
Are there things you haven’t done that you would have wanted or still want to do?
Traveling the world with my siblings and mother for a month, and growing my family by having more children. I want to make lasting memories with the people who matter most to me. I’m looking forward to these experiences in the future.
How would you describe your fashion style?
I believe Fashion is a way to express ourselves through what we wear and our appearance. It’s an individual way of expressing one’s self. I am a little bit of everything, that’s what makes me stand out. I will say depending on my mood I can be chic, elegant, trendy, glam, sexy, and sometimes sporty.
Tell us your 3 favorite fashion brands.
Hmmm, I take a little bit from every brand but I will say Saint Laurent for sunglasses.
I love Gucci high heels because they come in larger sizes (11 & 12. I know lol).
Hermes for their timeless bags.
Fashion trends you think will never go out of style?
Oversized sunglasses and a nice black dress or heels.
What’s the one piece of advice that most changed your life?
No matter how much education, talent, wealth, or status you have, your treatment of others tells the whole story. Being a person of integrity is the most important thing. Having kindness, compassion, and respect for others is more important than any other achievement or quality.
If you could sum up your life’s journey and accomplishments in a few words, how would you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as Faith Morey who was unapologetically authentic, with a kind heart, passionate, calm, focused, and trustworthy. If I were to die tomorrow, I would want to leave behind a legacy of being true to myself and making a positive impact on the world.
What do you wish for the future?
I am looking forward to growing in knowledge, experience, and wealth while never forgetting my roots.
GLITZ Africa Digital Issue 15 – FAITH MOREY: Oh You Thought You Knew Me?
Creative Directors: @themanny_ & @amagitemedia
Outfits – @ann.usman @radchaleur @helenblakk
Hair – @yinkzsignature
Makeup – @beatbykweencindy
Photographer – @lucasworks
Videographer – @johneke_