A beauty pageant is a celebration of beauty. It is a competition held to acknowledge and give honor to the beauty God has endowered us with and to top it up, a beauty pageant is also an effective means for campaigning for social awareness on different social issues and problems that need our attention.

The modeling industry is expanding and slowly giving everyone a chance to be different and to thrive in their uniqueness. 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.

The models also have a chance to showcase their talents through acting, dancing, and even singing. The main mission is to transform the modeling 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. By helping other people have positive and strong minds, We help make the world a better place.

Being a model myself, I will express my views and that of my fellow friends.

DOLLY CHEPNGETICH

1..Well, what motivated me to join a beauty Pageant?

With a keen interest in fashion and modeling from a young age , when this opportunity came by, I knew it was what I needed. My other reason for joining this pageant is to develop and boost my self-esteem so that I am 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 a blogger (Just to remind you that this is my blog).

3. What would you like to be remembered for?

People better remember me as a 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, 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

1. Well, what motivated me to join a beauty Pageant?

High fashion runway modeling and all have always been my area of interest but I was always discouraged by my height. I’m  5’5″  and I pretty much thought they needed 5’6″ or 5’7″ models. When I heard about this opportunity, I decided to give it a shot?

2. What do you do?

I’m currently taking 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 people’s needs before hers.

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

It’s not as easy as it seems. It’s not all about the catwalks, the shoots, the fancy clothes and the fun runway events you get to cover. It’s about being a role model 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 modeling is about.

YVELLANE OGADA


1.Well, what motivated me to join a beauty Pageant?

Frequently women in the society are objectified and hence laid upon the platform of a housewife. 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 and still stood tall and strong to pursue a long-life dream and stand out, not to outshine but to be the light to guide and arouse the once-forgotten passion and beauty in oneself.

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 for anything except as a woman who never gave up striving to archive the best in life, a mother who got back on her feet to lead a successful life in her career and modeling too. A woman who sacrificed her time and patience to make the world realize that modeling is not just about exposing your body but it’s about nurturing 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 may be used as a weakness and you could 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

1. Well, what motivated me to join a beauty Pageant?

When I heard of NNTM, the first thing that came to my mind was a new experience, the opportunity to learn new stuff and meet new people and especially 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, a die-hard fighter deep down in order to make it in my modeling career.

GILLIAN WAIRIMU

1. Well what motivated, me to join a beauty Pageant?

My first time of trying out at a pageant, the trainer told me that I had the best walk but to my surprise I never even go, 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

1.Well, what motivated me to join a beauty Pageant?

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 modeling 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

1.Well, what motivated me to join a beauty Pageant?

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 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 the 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 modeling, I’ve learnt through being part of NNTM. I basically knew nothing when I joined, or rather I thought I knew what modeling was all about, but I’ve learnt that modeling is more than just walking runways in beautiful 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 themodeling 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

1. What motivated me to join a beauty Pageant

I saw it as a platform to get more exposure. I love fashion and that’s the reason I even got into modeling 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 modeling. I’ve been able to meet amazing designers and stylists and I’ve met many beautiful and amazing people, some of whom I have become friends with.

Thank you for paying me a visit!

Much love!

Dollypinky

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