The instructors, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, that models were among the highest paid professions internationally.
They said that their case should not be different in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of Citadel Modelling Agency, Mr Emmanuel Ekpo, said that many people perceived modelling as an immoral profession.
Ekpo said that this negative impression had made many parents to raise criticisms against their children developing an interest in it.
“Most Nigerians do not appreciate the dignity of the modelling profession, because they do not see that it has always added its own value to the entertainment, fashion and the advertisement industries.
“The industry currently has academies that train models through intensive certificate courses, like every other profession.”
According to Ekpo, the profession has helped to reduce unemployment among the youth.
He added that most professional models currently had been earning a living from it in addition to participating in international events.
“It is also a big relief for the unemployed in the country, as it has continued to embrace several youths and making them useful.
“We need to educate people and change their notions so that they will embrace modeling.
“Some parents’ wrong perceptions about modelling have not allowed several children to achieve their deams,” he said.
The professional highlighted some of the challenges facing the industry.
He said that some companies preferred to patronize the popular names in the sector for their adverts, and jingles instead of using trained models.
“We frown at the fact that many companies prefer to use well-known stars, who are not professionally-trained models for their adverts and jingles, and this is affecting the growth of the industry,” Ekpo said.