Homeless Man Goes From Sleeping Beneath a Bridge to Modelling for Style Shoots

They say that being in the right place at the right time is the key to success, and this Nigerian homeless person who had the opportunity of a lifetime to sleep under a bridge is the perfect example.

You could say it was fate that Ali Olakunmi, a young Yoruba man from the Nigerian state of Osun, slept under the same bridge that a creative director had chosen as the backdrop for a fashion shoot. As a homeless man in Ikeja, a suburb of Lagos, he had no better options, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Afolabi (AL), the creative director mentioned above, was waiting under the same bridge for a male model who was running late, and he happened to notice this young man who seemed to have all the qualities he was looking for in a model. So he went up to him to get dressed and pose for a few pictures. And so Ali, the homeless man, became Ali, the model.

“I had a shoot in Ikeja today, while we were waiting for the model to arrive, we decided to meet a man (ALI) who was sleeping under the bridge to model for us,” Afolabi tweeted on April 2nd . β€œI would like to believe that Ali was born for this. His pose, body structure and skin tone were perfect. “

I had a shoot in Ikeja today, while we were waiting for the model to arrive, we decided to meet with a man (ALI) who was sleeping under the bridge to model for us. I would like to believe that Ali was born for this. His pose, body structure and skin tone were perfect. pic.twitter.com/3Dat0A9j9v

– AL (@afolabi_lagos) April 1, 2021

The tweet and photos of Ali Olakunmi wearing stylish clothes and posing for photos quickly went viral, and soon a TikTok video of Afolabi approaching the sleeping young man also surfaced, drawing even more attention to this unlikely one History.

After the photo shoot, the young man slept under the bridge again, but that’s not how this story ends. After Afolabi’s tweet went viral and everyone inquired about Ali, a multinational modeling company in Lagos contacted the creative director about the young talent.

It’s unclear if this company signed Ali Olakunmi, but we do know the homeless man now has his own social media account, which is currently “managed by management,” and has already done several other photo shoots for multiple photographers Has. Ali’s Twitter account currently has over 3,200 followers.

Ali was born for itπŸ”₯πŸ”₯. Look at his face and pose. Everything was easy with him today. I made the outfit too πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’Ž pic.twitter.com/K5QSzqAVio

– AL (@afolabi_lagos) April 1, 2021

“I’m Ali and I was born to be great,” was the sensation’s first tweet overnight. It’s a bit early to say but he’s definitely weird to get off to, considering where he was only 3 weeks ago …