NAIROBI NEXT TOP MODEL

April 28, 2017
Dolly chepngetich-Dolly pinky

A beauty pageant is a celebration of beauty.It is an act and a venue to acknowledge and give honor to the beauty God has given us.It is also an effective means to campaign for social awareness of different social issues and problems that need our attention.

It’s not just your imagination,the modelling industry is changing!The industry is expanding and slowly giving everyone a chance to be different and okay. Models of different ages, ethnicity and body types are booking lucrative and high-profile gigs, as brands catch onto the fact that most women don’t aspire to be stick-thin teenagers and that men also need a chance  in this field.
Nairobi Next Top Model is a competition in which a number of aspiring models compete for the title of “Nairobi’s Next Top Model” and a chance to begin or grow their career in the modeling industry.Nairobi next top model will be scouting annually once a year.This year the Models selected took part in Nairobi Next Model Season 2017 after professional training,professional photo shoots including nature and street photography backdrops and not forgetting the  great work outs led by our skilled  trainer Rydah Aftermath who dedicated his time and skills to ensure the models were well equipped to face the Judges,thank you Rydah.You have made the journey better for all of us.

The models also had a chance to  showcase their talents through acting ,dancing and singing.Watch out for the movie and Song to be released soon.The main mission of Nairobi Next Top Model is to Transform the modelling industry in Kenya  by producing models who not only cover catwalks but also stand for a cause.Time has come for models to bring a positive influence to the world and not just look pretty.We had a chance to Visit Nyumbani Childrens Home and shared our stories with the youths and children,we want to make the world a better place by helping other people have a positive and strong minds. The categories include;Runway Models (Both Sexes),Petite Models (Female Only) and Plus size Models(female only).
Being amongst the finalists,I can confirm the training has been real!In a few days we will be  winding up.It is only fair you hear what A few of the contestants I was able to reach  have to say in regard to this competition and their personal dreams and visions.We Start with myself;

DOLLY CHEPNGETICH

1..Well what motivated me to join NNTM?

I have always had an interest in fashion and modelling from a young age,when this opportunity came by I knew it was what I needed to help me know more about the industry.My other reason for joining this pageant is to develop and boost my self-esteem so that I  can be able to help others do the same.

2.What do you do?

Apart from being a model,I am a medical underwriter in an insurance company and since am writing on my blog,am also a blogger.

3.What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like people to remember me as the positive thinker who influenced a lot of people to believe in themselves.

4.What have you learned so far about the Industry?

It is not for the faint hearted,it requires persistence,determination,resilience and a strong personality and character.Definitely the youth today faces much more pressure than the previous generation. They have to adapt to several circumstances at once. This kind of pressure has made the world much more dynamic and fast-paced.

TYFFANIE KWAMBOKA

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TYFFANIE KWAMBOKA

 

1.Well what motivated me to join NNTM?

I have always been into high fashion.Runway modelling and all.But I was always discouraged by my height.I’M  5’5  and I preety much thought they needed 5’6 or 5’7 models.But then when I heard about this opportunity,I decided why not give it a shot?

2.What do you do?

I’m currently doing a course in flight operations and dispatch,but will soon start filling up on my hours to fulfill my dream of becoming a commercial pilot.

3.What would you like to be remembered for?

Well,everyone wants to be remembered for being great right?Of course I’d want to be remembered as the pilot who can model..(laughing) but it’s not always about that.I want to be remembered as the high fashion model who puts other peoples needs before hers.

4.What have you learned so far about the Industry?

It’s not easy as it seems.It’s not all about the cat walks ,the shoots ,the fancy clothes and the fun runway events you get to cover.It’s about being a role to other people.Be it male,black or white,as a model,can you help someone?Being someone other People can look up to.That’s what modelling is about..

YVELLANE OGADA

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YVELLANE OGADA


1.Well what motivated me to join NNTM?

Frequently women in the society are looked at as objects hence laid on a platform of a house wife.As for me I took a different version of being my own woman for I am also a mother and I work as well.I joined NNTM to be a pillar to all women who have gone through life’s hardships but still stood tall and strong to pursue a long life dream and stand out to not outshine but be the light to guide and arouse the once forgotten passion and beauty in ones self.

2.What do you do?

I work as a Regional Coordinator in sales at Huduma Center GPO.

3.What would you like to be remembered for?

I wouldn’t like people to remember me but I want them to remember me as a woman who never gave up to archive the best in life,a mother that got back to lead a successful life in her career and modelling too.A woman who sacrificed her time and patience to make the world realize that modelling is not just about exposing your body but it’s about naturing an inbuilt talent and using it for the greater good,beauty is skin deep…A heart holds the true beauty of a model and her actions speak it out.

4.What have you learned so far about the Industry?

Down the road I faced challenges on exposure of my body to a point I realized that being a model you don’t need to do what you are asked to but you need to do what you feel is best for you.Climbing the ladder is not only a step but a journey.Be professional in the industry and don’t get caught up with emotions,Don’t expose your true self to everyone for it’s used as a weakness and you become a target once everyone sees how much potential you have.This industry is about to change and it begins with me.

I am the face of the future!

NANA FARIDI

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NANA FARIDI

1.Well what motivated me to join NNTM?

When I heard of NNTM, the first thing that came to my mind was a new experience,learning new stuff and meeting new people especially to have the chance to work with petite models.As a plus size working with plus fabulosity I only interact with girls who are my size which is a lot of fun but I still wanted to interact with others.I saw the chance and took it!

2.What do you do?

Apart from being a model,I run a small salon in my area and I’m also a baker,that’s how I earn my living.

3.What have you learned so far about the Industry?

I have learned so many steps as well as how to be humble,patient as well as a die hard fighter deep down in order to make it in my modelling career.

GILLIAN WAIRIMU

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GILLIAN WAIRIMU

1.Well what motivated me to join NNTM?

My first time of trying a pageant,the trainee told me that I had the best walk but to my surprise I never even got to the top 10 .The second time I got to top 5 but I never gave up and the third time I got the crown.It’s always been my dream to be one of the best models in Kenya and when I heard of NNTM I was more than happy.At first I almost gave up because I thought  the models were so pretty and slimmer than myself but my passion for modelling kept me going.I believe this will give me a chance to give back to the community.

2.What do you do?

I am a model  and a student.

3.What would you like to be remembered for?

I would love the world not to remember me as a queen but as a saviour to the lost and hopeless souls out there.

4.What have you learned so far about the Industry?

In the modelling world a model should be strong and be able to stand against anything that comes their way.Be a model not only of a facial mode,true Beauty is  that which is  reflected in your heart.

COLLINS MUHAWAN

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COLLINS MUHAWAN

1.Well what motivated me to join NNTM?

I know NNTM will play a major role in building my image and brand,it’s also a new experience and a different path to take.

2.What do you do?

I am a film production and photography student at ADMI,part time model,photographer,video editor and a football player as well.

3.What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like people to remember me for how I changed their lives or influenced them to change their lives for better no matter how small the changes are.I would like to be a role model.

4.What have you learned so far about the Industry?

The modelling industry is  a ruthless one.I’ve got one statement for the modelling industry.Just like life,it doesn’t care how strong you are,it will beat you to your knees and crush you.IF YOU LET IT!

ELIZABETH OMONDI

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ELIZABETH OMONDI

1.Well what motivated me to join NNTM?

I have always wanted to become a model from an early age and after seeing the opportunity I decided to give it a go.

2.What do you do?

Currently I am a 3rd year student at the University of Nairobi,Studying Urban and Regional Planning.When I’m not reading my course materials,you’ll find me reading anything on philosophy and African literature.I love singing and writing poetry.

3.What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered as one who speaks,not by voice but by intangible expression of feeling and thought through my actions and the words I write.

4.What have you learned so far about the Industry?

So far everything I’ve learnt about modelling,I’ve learnt through being part of NNTM.I basically knew nothing when I joined,or rather I thought I knew what modelling was all about.But I’ve learnt that modelling is more than just walking runways in beautiful party dresses and make up.I have learnt that it is more an expression of character and purposing to influence other people’s lives.I also learnt that modelling industry is a platform whereby determination and focus are key.Nothing is handed to you on a silver platter.For every single achievement reflects how much work you have put into it.

IMMACULATE BWANA

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1.Well what motivated me to join NNTM?

I got into NNTM because I saw it as a platform to get more exposure.I love fashion and that’s the reason I even got into modelling so as to familiarize myself with the industry.

2.What do you do?

I am a freelance model and I do stage plays.

3.What have you learned so far about the Industry?

This platform has taught me a lot about modelling,I’ve been able to meet amazing designers and stylists and I’ve met many beautiful amazing people some of which have become friends.

 

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