Category Archive INTERVIEWS

ByFaith Nthabiseng

MEET MELISA: THE 10-YEAR- OLD FASHION MODEL FROM UGANDA.

At a very young age of 10, our model in focus seems to have a bright future ahead of her. She has walked for several fashion shows, made guest appearances and also represents a few brands. There is no doubt that she is a force to reckon with. It’s a pleasure to introduce you to Melisa Ashley.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Melisa Ashley, I am a 10-year-old fashion model from Uganda. And I’m currently in my 5th grade at The Kings Christian Learning Academy in Kampala. Luckily for me, I am also the brand ambassador of The Kids Modeling Academy located in Kampala as well.

Model: Melisa Ashley
Photo credit: Walter Photography

Why do you love modelling?

Modelling is my means of expression because it’s the only platform that gives me freedom. Moreover, I love the runway moments and chic styling.

On the other hand, I get to meet and work with different personalities and stakeholders in the fashion industry. This helps me to broaden my knowledge.

Do you have other passions?

Yes, I have other passions like playing the guitar, piano and writing poems. I enjoy playing soccer as well.

Model: Melisa Ashley
Photo credit: Giulio Molfese

What are your dreams for the future?

I have a lot of aspirations. For instance, my ambition is to become an international supermodel and get a chance to work with famous designers in New York City, London, Paris, South Africa and Madrid.

I also look forward to meeting Naomi Campbell because she’s a source of inspiration. And lastly, I plan to own a company that will support young people and help them to achieve their dreams in Uganda.

Model: Melisa Ashley
Photo credit: Paul Bugembe

How would you define fashion?

In my opinion, fashion is any style that makes me feel comfortable and connected with my inner self.

Model: Melisa Ashley
Photo credit: Giulio Molfese

Tell us about your best modelling experience.

I have two experiences and I cherish those moments. The first was walking at the Bride and Groom Expo for renowned Ugandan designer Anita Beryl of Beryl Couture in 2018.

And the second was walking at the Superstar Edition of the Kids Fashion Runway which held on May 2019. Honestly, these events made me feel very special.

Model: Melisa Ashley
Photo credit: Giulio Molfese

What is your favourite colour?

I love blue and purple colours. But purple has a special place in my heart because it makes me feel like a Disney princess.

Who is your fashion icon?

The ever-gorgeous Naomi Campbell. However, I also love Taylor Swift.

Model: Melisa Ashley
Photo credit: Giulio Molfese

How often do you exercise?

I exercise every day because I am an active girl. Exercise is part of my daily routine because I love the jogs I take with my mum occasionally.

Who is your favourite designer?

I love Coco Chanel, K Raphael from Uganda and David Tlale from South Africa.

Model: Melisa Ashley
Photo credit: Giulio Molfese

List 3 items every woman must have in her wardrobe.

Every woman should have a cute black dress because it matches with just anything. Black dresses also make styling very easy.

Secondly, I recommend sunglasses because it gives any woman this “elegant look”. And most importantly, every woman needs a pair of heels because this is a girl’s best friend, mark my words.

Who inspires you most?

I get my inspiration from my mum, Angela Dragu. She is a very hardworking woman, and she knows almost everything and everyone.

Melisa Ashley

If you enjoyed reading my interview, you can always reach out to me via my official Instagram page @mimy.ashley. I’d love to hear from you.

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ByFaith Nthabiseng

MEET MARIO Bol: The Multi-talented Model From South Sudan

Our model in focus is a passionate young man with big dreams as well. In this interview, he reveals his aspirations as well as his experience in the industry.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Mario Bol, and I’m from South Sudan. However, I’m currently studying in Uganda.

Why do you love modeling?

I find peace and happiness in modeling.  Besides, I also love to look stylish too.

Do you have other passions?

I am a part-time songwriter and a music lover. So it’s safe to say, “music has my heart”.

What are your goals in the modeling industry?

My focus is to reach my full potential and get recognized all over the world.

How would you define fashion?

In my opinion, fashion is a person’s choice of style.

Mario Bol

What is your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is purple. Because it reflects royalty.

Who is your fashion icon?

My fashion icon is Zayn Malik.

How often do you exercise?

I exercise three times a week.

Who is your favourite designer?

His name is Banji Bagwana, popularly known as Eguana Kampala.  His designs are outstanding and unique as well.

What inspires you most?

Honestly, Africa inspires me.  What I mean is… the people, culture and love.

You can reach to me via Instagram by clicking my handle @mario__bol

Photo credit(s) : N/A

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ByFaith Nthabiseng

BROWN SKIN GIRL: MEET ABACHRISY

With Beyonce’s song making headlines recently, we hope to see more “brown skin girls” captions popping up on social media.

It’s a pleasure to introduce you to the bold and beautiful AbaChrisy, a fast-rising model from Ghana.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Esther Christodia Wiabo, I’m popularly known as AbaChrisy. And I’m a fashion model from Ghana.

What do you love about modeling?

I love the moments and memories I make with photographers as well as models from different backgrounds. I cherish these moments a lot because I end up learning something new.

Do you have other passions?

Yes, I do hairstyling and braiding. And I’m working towards becoming very good at it.

Model: AbaChrisy
Shot by: Kobygyei Imagery

How would you define fashion?

In my opinion, fashion is how people express an inner concept or style; through their combination of clothes, accessories and hairstyle.

Model: AbaChrisy
Shot by: Lash Pixel
Model: AbaChrisy
Shot by: Scar Pixel

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully, I see myself in Paris as a model or a stylist for the glamourous Paris Fashion Week.

Tell us about your best modeling experience.

I got nominated for Best New Female Model by Fashion Ghana Honours Awards in 2019. I never saw that coming and it opened new opportunities for me.

Who is your fashion icon?

Trust me, It’s hard to pick one person. But I love Naomi Campbell, Victoria Michaels and Sai Sankoh.

How often do you exercise?

I seldom exercise to be sincere.

Who is your favourite designer?

At the moment, Quophi Akotua, Donatel la Versace and Marc Jacobs are my favourite designers.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?

I get inspiration from my closet, and my friends inspire me as well.

Reach out to me easily via my Instagram page by clicking here. I’d be glad to hear from you.

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Model: AbaChrisy
Shot by: Scar Pixel

Photo credits: Lash Pixel (@lashpixel), Scar Pixel (@ascarpixel), Kobgyei imagery (@kobgyei_imagery).

ByFaith Nthabiseng

IS CROCHET CLOTHING THE FUTURE?

Crochet is derived from a French term which means “small hook”.

Crocheters could make a dress, bag or even a cap by using a hook to interlock loops of yarn.

A few days ago, we interviewed a renowned Ugandan-based crocheter. She is very passionate about her craft and she inspires us with her story.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Anitah Moreen Nairuku, from Uganda. I’m the founder of Nitah crochets, a fashion brand that makes durable crochet dresses.

What do you love about fashion?

Fashion is expressive. It defines people by what they wear. And “a good outfit is a good mood”.

When did you start your brand?

Nitah crochets kicked off in March 2017.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

God willing, I plan to train and work with a few disabled dedicated people, in a few years from now. My dream is to organize a crochet-themed festival in my country. That will inspire and support many crocheters in Uganda.

Shot by: Giulio Molfese.
Model: Justine Nswemu
Shot by: Derrick Al Mossier
Model: Yvonne Chebet
Shot by:  @gzgpictures
Model: Mamweta
Photo credit:  @gzgpictures
Model: Mamweta

Do you have other passions?

Yes, I am passionate about farming. Poultry and rabbit rearing to be precise.

Tell us about your best experience as a crocheter.

When I started, I stole a few pictures from Google. So I decided to convince my Facebook friends that I could make the crochet bikinis in those pictures. Shortly after, a close friend of mine trusted me enough to make a bikini for her.

The bikini design she wanted me to recreate was a complex one. I could remember using almost two weeks to work out the mathematics. The bikini came out nice in the end. And each time I see those pictures of my first client wearing my crochet bikini, it gives me joy and confidence. That bikini remains one of my favourites to date.

Who is your fashion icon?

I like Noorvana.

What inspires you?

Well, the fact that I can turn my passion into a paycheck inspires me every day. Most people may have knowledge and skills to make crochet. And they don’t make a living out of it.

See more beautiful photos of my crochet designs by clicking here.

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Shot by: Guilio Molfese
Model: Brenda Pearl Mutara
Shot by: Guilio Molfese
ByFaith Nthabiseng

MEET THE 8-YEAR-OLD UGANDAN MODEL EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT.

This amazing young model is currently turning heads in Africa. And she recently opened up about her journey so far.

A parody of the infamous 73 questions with Vogue was conducted but we settled with 10 instead. 10 QUESTIONS WITH PRINCESSA.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Princessa Frenisha, I am a fashion model from Uganda. And I am 8 years old.

Why do you love modeling?

Modeling is fun. It’s my passion and passion never fails.

What are your goals in the modeling industry?

Honestly, I want to become a supermodel like Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell.

Do you have other passions?

No, not at the moment.

Define fashion.

Personally, fashion is the creativity that comes with a person’s sense of style.

Tell us about your best modeling experience.

Wow! I still remember like it was yesterday. Mr/Miss South Sudan 2019 pageantry remains a landmark in my career. It opened new doors for me. As a result, I got the chance to introduce myself to everyone. And I gave a brief speech at the event.

Who is your fashion icon?

It has to be Bangzee.

How often do you exercise?

I rarely exercise, but I work out on weekends most times.

Who is your favourite fashion designer?

I can’t specify. But my favourite designers are Amavis fashions, Glonix designer, Micky designs, Nitah crochet and K Rafael.

Who inspires you most?

My mum inspires me so much. Besides I’m also self-inspired.

Click here Princecessa Frenisha to reach out to me via my official Instagram page. I’d be glad to hear from you.

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ByVahvell

“WALKING FOR ALAN DONOVAN OF AFRICAN HERITAGE HOUSE REMAINS BY BEST EXPERIENCE” – SALLY AKINYI

As a model, your looks increase your worth. Scouts always look out for faces people can recognize within seconds. In this interview, we feature a model who’s got the real looks of a supermodel.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Sally Diana Akinyi. I am from Nairobi, in Kenya. Apart from modelling I don’t feel attached to any profession.

Sally Diana Akinyi

What do you love about modelling?

I love the freedom I get from modelling. And I act without limits in front of the camera. This helps me to overcome shyness too.

What other passions do you have?

I wish to become an air hostess. I could easily visit different places and learn about new cultures as a hostess.

What are your career goals in the modelling industry?

In Africa, most aspiring models face various challenges just to start-off their career. I want to change that in the nearest future.

Sally Diana Akinyi

Define Fashion.

Fashion is a form of art, It is a means to express yourself outwardly without saying a word.

Tell us about your best modelling experience.

My best modelling experience was walking for Alan Donovan, of African Heritage House. It was purely African. And I had the privilege to wear different dresses from other African designers.

What is your favourite colour?

I love Black, it’s a powerful colour and has several mysteries surrounding it. It is safe to say that if your favourite colour is black, it may mean that authority and independence are important to you.

Sally Diana Akinyi

Did you attend any fashion show in the past 3 months?

I featured for Fashion High Tea, it is an annual fashion show that happens in Kenya. I attended the Pulse Launch in Kenya as well.

Who is your fashion icon?

Rihanna is my fashion icon. She’s always looking good in any dress she chooses to wear. This makes her appear confident all the time.

What is your favourite food?

I like Indian cuisine.

How often do you exercise?

I do cardio. And I take enough water alongside.

Sally Diana Akinyi

Who is your favourite designer?

My favourite designers are Georgio Armani and Anyango Mpinga.

What do you think a woman should have in her wardrobe?

Every woman should have a plain white T-shirt. And a fancy skirt or a slip dress, no closet is complete without one.

Who inspires you most?

My mother is my biggest source of inspiration.

Reach out.

Simply click my Instagram handle here @_sally_akinyi, to visit my page.

Photo credit(s) @ephysaint @_zacharyrosen

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ByVahvell

“NO ONE FORGETS A WOMAN WITH A TURBAN.”-EDWINA NDIBA.

To become a successful model in the fashion industry you must be expressive. Therefore successful models look for new ways to create art with body movement. In this interview, you will see the artistic side of our “Model in focus.”

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Edwina Ndiba and I’m a part-time Kenyan model from Nairobi. I do makeup and costume alongside. My clients are mostly photographers and Film producers.

Edwina Ndiba

What do you love about modeling?

I love the artistic part of modeling . In other words, modelling is beyond what it seems on TV and magazines.

Do you have other passions?

I hope to become a television/film personality.

What are your career goals in the modelling industry?

My career goal is to make modelling great again. The industry has lost faith in us as models. This has resulted in low patronage from our clientele like photographers and designers.

How would you define fashion?

Fashion is your sense of style. It is what makes you unique.

Tell us about your best modeling experience.

I had great pleasure from working with creative people.

What is your favourite colour?

Green is my favourite colour. It reflects who I am. My star sign is green and I feel safe and powerful in this colour.

Did you attend any fashion show in the past 3 months?

No, I didn’t.

Who is your fashion icon?

Patricia Kihoro from Kenya. Her style is radiant alongside her accessory placement.

What is your favourite food?

Fried Peanut Rice. I love it Soft and crunchy.

How often do you exercise or go to the gym?

I exercise twice a week.

Who is your favourite designer?

My favourite designer is OdaOmo. I enjoy the hand-woven baskets and accessories most importantly.

In your opinion, what do you advice every woman to have in her wardrobe?

A scarf or a turban for her “bad hair day”, to stand out. No one forgets a woman with a turban.

Who inspires you the most?

My father.

If you liked this interview you can reach out to me via Instagram by clicking on my handle. @edwina_mosby. I’d be glad to hear from you.

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Photo credit(s) : Lines Photography

ByVahvell

“WALKING FOR RADIANCE WEDDING FAIR IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY CAREER” – YVONNE OPOKU MINTA

The “open secret” in this highly competitive fashion industry is to always give your best at all times. The reason is, modeling is not about being beautiful. It is about creating something interesting for people to look at and think about.

You’ll agree with me that our Model in Focus is on her way to stardom, if you read this brief interview we had with her below.

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Yvonne Maame Yeboah Opoku Minta. I am a Biochemistry graduate from the University of Ghana and I started modeling in my 300 level as a university student. I love chocolates.

Yvonne Opoku Minta

What do you love about modeling?
Modeling allows me to switch between identities within a short period. As you know, modeling is a form of acting. Becoming a model was inevitable for me.

What would you be if you weren’t a model?
I’d be a scientist.

What are your career goals in the fashion industry?
My goal is to become a household name in the modeling industry and ascend to the pinnacle of my career.

How would you define fashion?
Fashion is a way to be outstanding, yet identifiable by your style.

Yvonne Opoku Minta

Tell us your best modeling experience.
Walking for Radiance Wedding Fair is one of the highlights of my career.

What is your favourite colour?
I don’t have a favourite colour. I like brown, dark blue and purple colours.

Have you attended any fashion shows in the past 3 months?
I walked for the just concluded Radiance Wedding Fair and at the Wax Print Festival.

Pics by: Vine Imagery

Who is your fashion icon?
I would say Tyra Banks and Afua Rida.

What is your favourite food?
I love our indigenous (local) foods, nothing specific.

How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I’ve never been to the gym. I just do most of my heavy lifting privately.

Who is your favourite designer?
Diva delicious. I usually don’t follow ‘brands’. I prefer individual fashion pieces.

In your opinion, what should every woman have in her wardrobe?
Every woman should have a nice collection of earrings and shoes. These item can make her seem over-dressed up or under-dressed.

Who inspires you the most?
I draw a lot of inspiration from the Holy Bible.

You can reach out to me via my Instagram page by clicking my handle @ms_maame_yeboaa, I’d be glad to hear from you.

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Photo credit(s): Vine Imagery, Phloshop, IPSB World.

ByVahvell

“MY BEST MODELING EXPERIENCE WAS THE MOMENT I WAS ANNOUNCED AS THE 1ST RUNNER UP FOR GHANA MODEL FESTIVAL 2018”- ANGELA MAWULI.

If your dreams don’t scare you, then they are not “BIG” enough. As a model you must first believe that dreams come true because our dreams determines our reality.

Our “Model in Focus” at the moment is not just a model, she a role model to other aspiring models. She’s passion driven and internally motivated. You want to find out why?…read this fascinating interview we had with her recently.

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Angela Mawuli, I’m a model from Accra, Ghana and I am 21 years old.

Angela Mawuli

What do you love about modeling?
Modeling gives me the platform to showcase my passion for fashion.

What would you be, if you weren’t a model?
I’d be a beautician.

What are your career goals in the fashion industry?
My goal is to become an A-list runway model and also inspire upcoming models to do better.

How would you define fashion?
Fashion is simply a person’s sense of style,…from their dressing to their hairdo and behaviour in general.

What is your best modeling experience so far?
My best modeling experience so far, was when I was announced as the first runner up for Ghana Fashion Festival in 2018.

What is your favourite colour?
I love blue colour a lot, because I feel more confident wearing a blue dress.

Have you attended any fashion shows in the past 3 months?
No, I haven’t although I have a show in September.

Who is your fashion icon?
Naomi Campbell.

What is your favorite food?
I love Banku with okro soup.

How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I exercise once a week.

Who is your favourite designer?
My favourite designers are Cedi Fashion Ghana and Bershka.

Angela Mawuli Pix by: OneClick Photos

In your opinion, what should every woman have in her wardrobe?
Well, every woman should have a nice pair of heels, good clothes, bags and jewelries to match.

Who inspires you the most?
Naomi Campbell.

You can reach out to me or check out more amazing photos on my Instagram page by clicking on my handle @slickmodel.

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Photo credit(s): One click Photos, Logope Photography, Studio92, Odd Africa.

ByVahvell

“I HAD A MIX OF EMOTIONS THE FIRST TIME I WALKED ON A PROFESSIONAL RUNWAY” – CLAIREE OTOBIA

What could beat passion when it comes to modeling? Well, I’d say absolutely nothing, because passion never fails. Karl Lagerfeld once said ” the secret to modeling is not being perfect….but every model needs a face that people can recognize in a second.

A model’s career begins the moment he/she has been put in the spotlight and our “Model in Focus” at the moment will be sharing her experience….in this amazing interview she granted us recently. Read the full interview below.

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Clairee Otobia Graham, I am a fashion model from Accra, Ghana.

Clairee Otobia
Shot by: Nyhiraba Kwaku

What do you love about modeling?
Modeling gives me confidence, and it has made me embrace who I am. Modeling makes you believe yourself.

What would you be, if you weren’t a model?
I would have been a Journalist.

What are your career goals in the fashion industry?
My goal in this industry is to stay positive while working on debuting on the big screen very soon.

Shot by: Nyhiraba Kwaku

How would you define fashion?
In my opinion, fashion is the ability for me to express myself in whatever I choose to wear, in a way that it influences other people around me.

What is your best modeling experience so far?
My best modeling experience was the first time I walked on a professional runway, (Accra fashion week 2018) in October, 2018, I had a mix of emotions, I was a bit nervous and excited at the same time. Lol .

What is your favorite colour?
My favorite colour is Blue, it symbolizes trust, intelligence and above all confidence.

Have you attended any fashion shows in the past 3 months?
Yes, I recently featured for Runway Ghana showcase 2019.

Shot by: Nyhiraba Kwaku

Who is your fashion icon?
My fashion icons are Naomi Campbell and Diva Davanna.

What is your favorite food?
I love jollof rice, anytime. *smiles*.

How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I workout mostly on Saturdays.

Who is your favourite designer?
I don’t really have a favourite designer.

CLAIREE OTOBIA

In your opinion, what should every woman have in her wardrobe?
I believe that every woman loves to show off her feminism through what she wears, so I’d say a woman’s wardrobe should contain her favorite items that give her joy.

Who inspires you the most?
My parents are my biggest inspiration.

You can reach out to me on Instagram by clicking on my handle @mzz_clairee. I’d be glad to hear from you.

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Photo credit(s): Nyhiraba Kwaku