The Austrian-born-Nigerian model and actress Lydia Obute revealed in a recent interview that she experienced racial discrimination and that she was bullied in school.
“I experienced racial discrimination while growing up in Austria and it was just part of daily life,” said, Nigerian girl Lydia Obute, who won Austria Next Top Model title in 2011.
When she was asked if she experienced any racial discrimination while growing up in Austria, she said, “Yes. You just grow up with it; its part of your daily life. In my secondary school, I was the only black person. In my primary school we were three black girls and one of them is still my best friend till today.”
However, she stressed that one could not really generalize that all white people are bad or good. She added that many of her good friends are white.
When asked about bulling, she admitted that she was bullied in school because she was very skinny and not because of race. She recalled that she used to ask her mother to give her more pounded yam.
She also recalled that her entry into the modeling industry was just a coincidence. She said it happened when one of her friends wanted to go to Elite Model casting and asked her to accompany her. She followed her friend and was picked as a model.
The 20-year-old pretty model from Enugu moved to London a couple of years ago. She is now a part of the London Fashion Week and Africa Fashion Week, and goes to a local school of acting. In addition, she is studying Advertising & Marketing Communication at the University of Greenwich England.