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Thursday 11th of August 2022

Nairobi, Kenya

Meet the Top 20 Finalists Competing at Future Face Africa’s Grand Finale

After a thorough rigorous vetting process, 20 models have been selected as finalists to compete at Future Face Africa‘s grand finale, which takes place at Eko Hotels & Suites on Sunday, the 30th of January 2022.

This maiden competition proves to be a remarkable one as models from eight African countries plus thousands of digital applications worldwide compete for a chance to win the title of Africa’s next future face. Two winners will emerge from the 20 finalists. They will each receive a two-year international modeling contract with a top international modeling agency, as well as a cash prize of five thousand dollars.

The FFA project is spearheaded by none other than Elizabeth Isiorho, a pioneer in the African modeling industry and the founder of Beth Model Management Africa, Africa’s largest modeling agency, and the organization behind Future Face Africa. Over the past 17 years, Beth Model Management has served as an industry pacesetter, helping to launch the careers of dozens of internationally placed models, and has cultivated some of the best talents in the industry, such as Mayowa Nicholas and Davidson Obennebo.

FFA will be equipping selected models with the knowledge and skills to achieve international success and to have long-lasting careers in a very competitive industry. Models participating in the FFA will have the chance to change their lives forever through a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Here are the 20 FFA finalists (divided into male and female categories) competing at the grand finale:

1. Ana Campos

2. Ebiere Macaulay

3. Winifred Esi Sam

4. Eleanor Musangi

5. Juliana T Rugumisa

6. Kimberly Martha Amanya Ngabirano

7. Blessing Endurance

8. Nze Sandra chinecherem

9. Lerah James

10. Oluchi Diamonds

1. Nziza Ken

2. Eneh Michael

3. Akinsiku Chukwuka David

4. Awoliyi Mayowa

5. Ohanado Ikechukwu

6. Alokpesi Frank

7. Okonkwo Sunday Chibueze

8. Echetama Wilson Elochukwu

9. Dike Alex Emmanuel chinweotito

Content courtesy of Future Face Africa 

Don’t Miss Future Face Africa’s Grand Finale This Weekend

After physical castings in eight African countries and thousands of digital applications worldwide, Future Face Africa‘s grand finale will take place at Eko Hotels & Suites on Sunday the 30th of January 2022.

Two contestants will win the title of Africa’s next future face, and the two winners will each receive a two-year international modeling contract with a top international modeling agency, as well as a USD 5,000 cash prize. In addition to providing a career start in modeling, the competition also prepares the winners for global competition.

Championed by former model Elizabeth Elohor, whose agency Beth Modelling Agency has groomed and raised a plethora of successful models through initiatives like Elite Model Look Africa, which offered African models the pivotal push needed both internationally and locally. We can expect an outstanding evening with top celebrities, prominent players in the Nigerian fashion industry, models, and more coming out for a night of glitz and glamour.

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Content Courtesy Of Future Face Africa 

Future Face Africa, Africa’s Largest Model Search Competition, Prepares For A Grand Finale

Future Face Africa, Africa’s largest model search competition, is preparing for its grand finale event in Lagos. After a rigorous selection process involving physical castings in eight African countries, as well as thousands of digital applications from all over the world, the Future Face Africa judges have selected 18 finalists who will be flown into Lagos for a shot at turning their modeling aspirations into a reality.

The grand finale event will be taking place on Sunday, January 30, 2022, at Eko Hotel & Suites, where models will be competing for a chance to win a 2-year modeling contract with a top international modeling agency, as well as a $5,000 USD cash prize.

The FFA project is spearheaded by none other than Elizabeth Isiorho, a pioneer in the African modeling industry and the founder of Beth Model Management Africa, Africa’s largest modeling agency, and the organization behind Future Face Africa. Over the past 17 years, Beth Model Management has served as an industry pacesetter, helping to launch the careers of dozens of internationally placed models, and has cultivated some of the best talents in the industry, such as Mayowa Nicholas and Davidson Obennebo.

Elizabeth Isiorho previously organized Elite Model Look Nigeria, but after a 2-year hiatus, re-emerged with Future Face Africa to expand her model search beyond the borders of Nigeria alone, and offer a wider range of hopefuls a chance at success. FFA will be giving opportunities to people from various countries, backgrounds, and skin tones, aiming to go beyond the buzzwords of “diversity” and “inclusivity” to create an initiative that truly celebrates the range of beauty that the industry has to offer.

FFA will be equipping selected models with the knowledge and skills to achieve international success and to have long-lasting careers in a very competitive industry. For these models, Future Face Africa will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that could change their lives forever.

Future Face Africa is proudly sponsored by Ecobank, Aquafina, MAC, Haute Couture, and Natures Gentle Touch.

Content Courtesy Of  Future Face Africa

Rolonda Rochelle 53 Years Old Who Has proven That Age is Just a Number for Beauty

Rolonda Rochelle is an African-American, based in Atlanta, United States of America. She is a brand ambassador and pro-aging advocate and a licensed real estate sales agent at Palmerhouse Properties, a full-service Atlanta-based residential and commercial real estate brokerage.

Rolanda’s real name is Rolanda Wright. We know very little about her family. Rolonda posted a photo on IG where she wished her dad Father’s Day.

A picture was also included, showing her father looking like Richard Roundtree. But, he was not mentioned.

According to some sources, Rolonda is currently living in Decatur Georgia. Her hometown was Atlanta, Georgia.

She might not be as famous as Nicki Minaj or Beyonce or Cardi B but her striking beauty and youthful looks hideout the fact that she is 53 years old. Rolanda Rochelle is an African American living in the United States of America.

Rolanda is a realtor, brand influencer, lifestyle and travel blogger, and a pro-aging advocate who chose to live a single life with many people imagining that she got a husband but her youthful looks and elegance come from a no husband relationship, meaning she got no stressing in her life. She recently teased her fans on tick-tock about her imaginary husband with many not getting how such a beautiful and youthful-looking 53 years Rolanda lives without having a man in her life.

Height, Diet, Distinct Features

Rolonda Rochelle is 5 feet 8 inches tall. Her distinctive features are her dark brown eyes and grey hair. And of course, her wide smile.

Rolonda, even though she was older than 50 years old, was still active and healthy. Her healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and plenty of nuts is the key to her fitness. However, she does enjoy a good glass of wine.

Social Media Reach: Instagram. Facebook. Twitter

Rolonda was a huge social media presence as of February 2021. She was active on all major social media platforms. She had 277k Instagram followers. Similar to her Instagram page, she had 13k followers and 14k likes.

On her Instagram handle going by the name Rogirll, she shows off her beauty and proves the phrase ‘Black doesn’t crack’ fully embellishing itself in her.

Rolonda Rochelle Net Worth, Movies, Realtor

Rolonda is most well-known for her appearance on the comedy skits of Kountry. She also had her own career. Rolonda was an Atlanta realtor. She was a luxury agent in real estate.

On her Facebook page, she listed her professional information as an actress and pro-aging advocate. She was mostly known for her Instagram videos with Kountry Wayne. She didn’t have any movie credits. We don’t know what brand she was a brand ambassador.

Rolonda was a strong pro-aging advocate. Rolonda is openly accepting her age. She’s a social media celebrity who inspires others to embrace their own age without being embarrassed.

She was also a CASA volunteer. CASA volunteers are legal volunteers that are trained to fight for the rights of neglected and abandoned children.

Our sources indicate that the average base income for an Atlanta realtor was more than $76 000 per year.

Rolonda must earn around this amount, give or take. Her net worth was $800 million as of February 2021.

Rolonda Rochelle Husband, Daughter, Married

Rolonda revealed in an Instagram post that she was still single with no husband. She also shared that she has a grown-up son.

Rolonda’s video showed her talking with an imaginary husband, only to discover later that she wasn’t married and didn’t have a husband.

Rolonda also posted an Instagram photo with her daughter in which Rolonda was out protesting injustice and equality for black women.

Rolonda is most well-known for her role in Kountry’s cougar girlfriend, which she did in many of his skits.

Kountry is a comedian on social media. He posts short, funny videos to Instagram.

Kountry’s videos tend to be about everyday things, such as relationships and children.

Content courtesy of Nairobi Fashion Hub Digital Team 

Heels for pads Initiative

Heels for pads is a Beauty With a Purpose project by Maria Wavinya (Miss World Kenya 2019) and it focuses on menstrual shaming and poverty. This agenda was brought to the foreground following the recent case of Jacqueline, a 14-year-old girl in rural Kenya who took her own life following an embarrassing experience with her class teacher.

“Having grown up in the slums, I know only too well the struggle of priority when little money is available. Having recently cleared my high school education and seen the challenges of self-esteem, humiliation, and lack of information when it came to experiencing one’s menstrual period, I took it upon myself to educate and reassure young girls on the importance of this experience in womanhood.”

In collaboration with the Mr. and Miss World Kenya office, the partnership with Heels For Pads, a social non-profit organization that is geared towards impacting young girls and community members by sensitizing them on period shaming as well as providing them with affordable pads.

“I have visited several schools at the primary and secondary level, visited slum dwellings as well as auctioned heels on radio and television in order to drive awareness and raise some funding for the cause.”

Heels4Pads Initiative is a CSR campaign under Sister Speaks Global, with the aim to raise and amplify awareness on period poverty while empowering women and girls to advance gender equality and equity through the menstrual health approach. Innovatively. Period poverty and Menstrual health and hygiene (MHH), according to UNICEF, MHH  links to “health, well-being, gender equality, education, equity, empowerment, and rights which is directly linked to fulfilling proposed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs).

We use high heels are our core fundraising tool as to many women high heels are confidence boosters. We circle back confidence and restore dignity to girls and women in impoverished backgrounds by ensuring they have access to safe menstrual management products and education.

Heels4Pads has a two-fold agenda where we capitalize on the growing power of digital media and innovation to deconstruct myths around menses through campaigns, advocate for policy design and change and conduct social experiments and campaigns while employing a novel barter trade model to trade high heels with sanitary pads in public markets.

A call to action is done across social media platforms to receive high heels donations, then exchanged for sanitary pads in pop-up markets we set up in Nairobi, Kenya where we partner with flea markets, educational institutions, and public malls in doing so we publicly talk about periods and encourage normalizing the same.

The initiative also targets young women at the onset of their careers who otherwise do not have the purchasing power of high heels to help them look the part at attending an interview and/or the work internship and placements.

These young women who buy the high heels and exchange them with sanitary pads, end up being anonymously mentored by ceiling-crashers whom they deem as role models in their respective careers, as they get to walk a mile in the high heel of other successful women who previously owned them e.g media personalities, board members and public figures.

The sanitary pads collected are donated to school girls to build their confidence and manage their menstruation with dignity.

Heels4Pads Initiative envisions a day where women and girls do not have to miss a life-changing opportunity and a quality life due to naturally occurring phenomenon as menstruation. We are in the business of confidence-building and advancing gender equality

 

Tanzania fashion festival celebrates models of all sizes

This year’s Tanzania Fashion Festival held on October 3, embraced diversity in its choices while remaining relevant.

The show, held at the Slipway Hotel in Dar es Salaam, had models of different body sizes, heights and ages. It also gave new designers and first-time models a chance to showcase their talent.

There was a total of 21 designers – 16 emerging and five well-established.

Ruth Josephat Urio, founder of J’adore Couture which specialises in hair and cosmetics  represented different sizes and body shapes with models who don’t fit the “typical” figure.

“Fashion is for everybody. I wanted to be inclusive through action not just preaching it.

“Anyone can have a chance at fashion, what is needed is confidence to showcase products in front of the crowd,” she said.

Taff had 17-year-old model Angela walk the runway while international model and former Miss Tanzania Millen Happiness Magese made a special appearance.

Jacqueline Wolper, Bongo, a movie actress and stylist, closed the show with her collection off Wolper House of Stylish.

Some of the designers at the show were Lucky Collections, Wole, Waiz Zanzibar, Enjipai by Nasreen Karim and American-based Tanzanian designer Asia Idarous.

VIP tickets were sold at Tsh50,000 ($21.60) while normal tickets were sold at Tsh10,000 ($4.3o) advance and Tsh15,000 ($6.40) at the door.

South Africa-based fashion photographer Shawn Keiffer, who was also one of the organisers, described the country’s fashion industry as remarkable.

“The fashion industry has grown in size and sophistication. The evolution of the fashion scene in the past few years, with the changing politics of the front row and the diverse imagery behind-the-scenes, has been nothing short of remarkable,” he said.

Keiffer added that getting more support for the fashion industry would enable it to realise its potential.

“It will take joint effort to get the Tanzanian fashion industry up to speed,” he said.

However, despite the glamour of the fashion show, there are still not enough platforms for the growing number of designers, stylists and models to showcase their creativity.

“We need more platforms and fashion activities,” said Makrida Joseph, a Tanzanian model and stylist.

Besides the Tanzania Fashion Festival, there is Swahili Fashion Week and the East: The annual Tanzania fashion festival was founded by fashion TV producer and presenter Deogratius Kithama in 2018.

Content courtesy of The East African & Nairobi fashion hub 

Sudanese Model Nyakim Gatwech Enters Guinness Book Of Records For Having The Darkest Skin Tone On Earth

Sudanese Model, Nyakim Gatwech is the latest in the Guinness Book of Records,Nyakim is known for her naturally dark skin color and has been nicknamed the Queen of the Dark, Nyakim has faced self-esteem issues and comments from people who promote bleaching to lighten skin color, but learned to embrace her beauty and pigmentation with love and support from her fans.

While millions of women across the globe are paying the high price for bleaching, Nyakim Gatwech got recognized by the Guinness book of World records for having the darkest skin tone on earth.

The model has graced covers of countless magazines as her alluring and uniquely black yet divine skin tone redefines the very definition of beauty, Nyakim has set the standard for many African ladies who have felt insecure about their different skin tones and whenever she walks the red carpet or runway, she commands the attention of everyone and steals the moment without an apology.

Nyakim Gatwech is best known as a Model. Model known as Queen of the Dark who found acclaim with her distinctive dark complexion. She was born on January 27, 1993 in Sudan. Another model named Shaun Ross shattered beauty expectations in the world of fashion with his skin pigment. She has faced discrimination for her skin since moving to the United States.

Sudanese Model, Nyakim Gatwech is the latest in the Guinness Book of Records,Nyakim is known for her naturally dark skin color and has been nicknamed the Queen of the Dark, Nyakim has faced self-esteem issues and comments from people who promote bleaching to lighten skin color, but learned to embrace her beauty and pigmentation with love and support from her fans. While millions of women across the globe are paying the high price for bleaching, Nyakim Gatwech got recognized by the Guinness book of World records for having the darkest skin tone on earth. The model has graced covers of countless magazines as her alluring and uniquely black yet divine skin tone redefines the very definition of beauty, Nyakim has set the standard for many African ladies who have felt insecure about their different skin tones and whenever she walks the red carpet or runway, she commands the attention of everyone and steals the moment without an apology. [gallery type="rectangular" columns="4" size="full" ids="12086,12085,12088,12087"] Nyakim Gatwech is best known as a Model. Model known as Queen of the Dark who found acclaim with her distinctive dark complexion. She was born on January 27, 1993 in Sudan. Another model named Shaun Ross shattered beauty expectations in the world of fashion with his skin pigment. She has faced discrimination for her skin since moving to the United States. [taq_review] She is one of the successful African Model , She has ranked on the list of those famous people who were born on January 27, 1993. She is one of the Richest Model who was born in Sudan.According to Trending Celebs Now, Nyakim Gatwech's estimated Net Worth, Salary, Income, Cars, Lifestyles & much more details has been updated below. Let's check, How Rich is Nyakim Gatwech in 2020? Estimated Net Worth in 2019 $1 Million - $5 Million (Approx.) Previous Year's Net Worth (2018) $100,000 - $1 Million Annual Salary Under Review. Income Source Primary Income source Model (profession).   According to Boredpanda, African model and fashion icon, who now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nyakim Gatwech she proud and  not shame about her melanin, and she makes sure the world is aware. She once said while captioning one of her photos on Instagram that her Chocolate is elegant and she represents a nation of warriors. Content  courtesy of Nairobi fashion hub Digital Team 
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She is one of the successful African Model , She has ranked on the list of those famous people who were born on January 27, 1993. She is one of the Richest Model who was born in Sudan.According to Trending Celebs Now, Nyakim Gatwech’s estimated Net Worth, Salary, Income, Cars, Lifestyles & much more details has been updated below. Let’s check, How Rich is Nyakim Gatwech in 2020?

Estimated Net Worth in 2019$1 Million – $5 Million (Approx.)
Previous Year’s Net Worth (2018)$100,000 – $1 Million
Annual SalaryUnder Review.
Income SourcePrimary Income source Model (profession).

 

According to Boredpanda, African model and fashion icon, who now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nyakim Gatwech she proud and  not shame about her melanin, and she makes sure the world is aware. She once said while captioning one of her photos on Instagram that her Chocolate is elegant and she represents a nation of warriors.

Content  courtesy of Nairobi fashion hub Digital Team 

Adut Akech Interviewed By Naomi Campbell for I-D Magazine

Bodysuit haider ackermann. earrings vintage from early halloween.

On Christmas Day 2019, Adut turned 20, leaving her teenage life behind, the last year of which saw her pick up Model Of The Year awards from The Fashion Awards and models.com — an incredible year, but just one of an incredible career so far.
For Adut’s third i-D cover, who better, then, to interview her than the Naomi Campbell (13-time i-D cover star)? A quick phone call across Paris later, and…..

Swimsuit fendi. tights calzedonia. earrings and belt vintage from albright fashion library. shoes y/project.

Naomi: Good morning, Adut!
Adut: Hey mama!

How are you doing today?
I’m in Paris and I’m a little tired. How are you?

I’m in Paris too. I’m at the airport. I’m on my way to Lagos.
Oh yeah! Were you here? I missed you.

I’ve come straight from LA to Paris. Then I’m in Nigeria for one night, then getting back on the plane and straight back to LA.
Oh my god!

The Dior show looked gorgeous yesterday though, it’s a shame I missed it. But let’s start. Let’s get to it. First I want to ask you how you feel about turning 20 in December. You’re not a teenager anymore!
It feels weird! Maybe it’s all in my head, but I feel like the minute I turned 20 I changed… Like on my birthday, I had this moment of reflection. Maybe I’ve got a new attitude towards life now? I feel like I’m older though – it’s crazy to me that I’ve just turned 20.

You’re very mature in a lot of ways, even though you’re still young. You told me this Christmas your mum was going to visit her family and you were going to take care of your siblings.
I have more responsibilities than most people who are 20. So much has gone on in my life already — in my personal life and in my career.

Top and pantashoes balenciaga. belt gucci. earrings vintage from early halloween.

I remember the first time I saw your face, and I thought just, oh my goodness! It was like — bam! Here’s a star. I saw it immediately.
I remember when I closed the Saint Laurent show under the Eiffel Tower. You were backstage, and from there, that was it. We’d already met but then we became friends. We exchanged numbers. You texted me, and it felt really supportive. At that moment I needed that so much. I never thought that kind of support would come from the Naomi Campbell. I felt that love from you, I felt that connection.

I find it so important, because I came up with a group of girls who all really supported each other, and – although I don’t think it’ll ever be the same — I didn’t see the same camaraderie in the generations that followed. But I care about your wellbeing, because without your wellbeing you can’t do all this. One thing I wanted to ask you about was your experience as a black woman in our industry. And since you started out as a model what changes you’ve seen, what developments — how do you feel? You know, you’ve helped to create these developments and changes, too.
This is only my fourth year working as a model, but in those four years I’ve seen a lot of change. The biggest change we can all acknowledge is that the industry is getting more diverse. When I started – when I made my debut — there were so few other black girls, and now there are so many. There are models of colour from so many places around the world working in the industry now, and it’s incredible to see. It makes me so happy.

Dress bottega veneta. belt (top) marc jacobs vintage from albright fashion library. belt (bottom) and bags chanel. earrings vintage from early halloween.

I’ve very much observed you helping to make this change. You have made this advance in inclusion in the industry – but how did you feel about it at the beginning?
To walk for Saint Laurent was amazing. It is a dream to be a part of that, to have the opportunity to walk in that show. But it threw me, because it’s amazing to be working in fashion, but then you think about the lack of diversity there was in the industry then, and you know it’s not right. But across the seasons it started to get better, and now it’s so much better! And it can always get even better.

One thing that makes me so proud of you is the charity work you’ve been doing. You’ve been doing it for a while now, working with the UN Refugee Agency. It’s obviously clear what drives you to give back. But I find that the hope you give is such a powerful thing.
It was something I had always wanted to do, before even modelling, and now I just want to do it more than ever. I actually want to start my own foundation, my own organisation – it’s something deep in my heart. I don’t know what the exact steps are going forward, but I have a lot of support.

You have such a huge platform now. You have a lot of people who look up to you. You’ve given hope to so many.
The work with the UN, everyone knows the reason for it and why I’m passionate about it, why I want to give something back. I want to support them in any way I can.

How did it feel when you won Model of the Year in December at the Fashion Awards?
I mean I was incredibly proud to have some of the most important people in my life there – you and Edward and Pierpaolo [Piccioli]. I love Pierpaolo so much, he’s such a special being. You all have such a special place in my heart. I said this in my speech, you’re my family. I’m not great at reading from a script, writing a speech: I stutter, I mess up. So, with that speech, I just let my heart speak. That award felt bigger than me. That award felt like it was for every single little boy and girl, every woman and man, anyone that finds representation and validation in the work I’ve done. If little girls see me on social media, and get inspired, then that award is for them. I want to inspire other black girls to do this.

I love getting messages from people when they say, “You’ve made our skin colour more acceptable.” It’s also why, for example, I’m heading to Lagos right now. It’s so important to keep in touch with our continent, to promote it, because our African continent is emerging now and it’s beautiful.
It really is, and it gets portrayed so poorly, but I’m happy that people like you are changing the perception of Africa.

You’re using your platform in the right way to change things, too.
I’m trying my best. I feel very fortunate to be in the position I am, to have the platform I have, to spread a message that’s true and that needs to be heard. I want to raise awareness about the things that are overlooked and ignored. Anyone who doesn’t like it? That’s not my concern. I’m learning to speak my truth and stand my ground. You have to fight for what you believe in.

You have the right to say it and the platform to say it from. You know I thought I would never be able to use social media, but I love it. Let’s not deny that we all like to spy on other people and see what they’re up to. But it’s also a way to support each other together and create a community. And if I want to set someone straight, I get on my social media and set them straight.
I love being expressive on social media. It can be beautiful, you can be so free, you can do whatever you want! No one can say no to you.

Top and skirt jeremy scott. earrings vintage from early halloween. shoes jimmy choo.

You’ve achieved a lot in your four years working. And I want to ask, what are your other goals? What’s left to achieve? Personally and professionally. What kind of role model do you want to be to these young girls?
Honestly, I just want to be comfortable, happy, content… You can’t predict the future but I’d love to have a family. Career-wise, I want to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and then more. I don’t want to be known as just a model — I want to be remembered as someone who did something, someone who made a big impact.

I’m not worried because everything you do makes a big impact. You speak from your heart. You are sincere. There’s no bullshit. That’s why I love you.
Everything I do, I feel like it’s for all of us because it takes all of us. If I didn’t have the support I have from you, then I don’t think I would have made it to where I am today.

OK, one more question, and then I’ve got to jump on a plane.
I want to go to the motherland with you!

Absolutely.
Let’s make it happen! This year I have to go home. I need to. I need to put my foot down in the motherland. I’m going to do everything in my power to make it happen.

You’re coming! OK, this question. I want to know what keeps you excited and enthusiastic about the business?
I want to know what keeps you going!

For me, I still love to be in front of a camera, to be transformed, to be made into a different person, to become this character.
I love the storytelling of fashion. And when it comes to it, I just love what I do. I love shooting, now. I used to really be a show girl but I feel like I get more and more excited every time I get in front of a camera at the moment, and that I’m getting better every time, too. I think I’ve learned the art of transforming myself, becoming a character — depending on the outfit, the surroundings, what the photographer wants.

Jacket dior. briefs araks. belt (top) vintage phi, belt (bottom) vintage yves saint laurent and earrings vintage from albright fashion library. shoes the attico.

The clothes are so important. They set the tone. What you’re wearing transforms you. I can’t tell you how I’m going to be on set, because it depends on what I’m wearing. But isn’t it so fun?
I’m falling in love with it more and more every day.

This is the start of a new decade. How do you see our industry changing throughout it? Where do we want to be in 2030?
I have so much hope and so much faith, I’m so optimistic to see how far we can go in the next ten years. I think we want to see more diversity, more inclusivity. We want to get to a place where we don’t even have to talk about it. Where it’s not forced.

It feels like everyone is talking to each other on panel discussions about diversity but let’s not talk about it anymore. Let’s do it.
And that’s our work for the next decade. I want to revisit this conversation with you in ten years time, and look back at how things have changed. And let’s make it a totally different conversation we’re having in 2030 about what we want in that decade. All I want is to just be able to celebrate beautiful models of colour.

I’m so proud of you! Have a great time at Paris Couture! Stay hydrated, drink water, get enough sleep, stay healthy, don’t go to too many parties. Although if you work hard you have to play hard, too — have some fun, that’s what it’s all about.
Thank you!

I love you.
I love you more. Have a safe flight.

Credits
Photography Daniel Jackson
Styling Julia Sarr-Jamois

Hair Esther Langham at Art + Commerce using R+Co “High Dive” Moisture and Shine Cream. Make-up Frank B at The Wall Group.
Nail technician Yuko Tsuchihashi at Susan Price NYC. Photography assistance Jeffrey Pearson and Jeremy Hall.
Styling assistance Christina Smith, Nick Centofanti and Lily Zhang. Hair assistance Gabe Jenkins. Make-up assistance Elle Haein Kim.
Production Rebekah Mikale.
Casting director Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING.
Model Adut Akech at The Society.

This article originally appeared on I-D

 

Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce to visit Uganda for Miss Uganda 2019 Grand Finale 

The organisers of the Miss Uganda Pageant would like to officially announce that current Miss World title holder Vanessa Ponce (full name Vanessa Ponce de Leon) will be visiting Uganda in July to attend the Miss Uganda 2019 Grand Finale.

She will fly in with Miss World CEO Julia Morley for a one week trip that will include ‘Beauty With a Purpose’ activities, visiting renowned tourist destinations and participating in the grand finale of the the Miss Uganda Pageant. This will be the first time in history a current Miss World will be visiting the Pearl of Africa.

Vanessa Ponce completed her studies as a graduate of International Business at the University of Guanajuato. She stated her professional career by winning Mexico’s Next Top Model in 2014, after that she modelled for several top agencies and then competed in Miss Mexico Pageant 2018 where she emerged the winner.

Vanessa then represented Mexico at the Miss World Pageant in Sanyu, China where she claimed the title of Miss World 2018.  She is the 68th ‘Miss World’ and the first Mexican to win this esteemed title. As a reigning Miss World, she has involved herself in several social responsibility and humanitarian work projects. She has for participated in several social campaigns and currently serves on the Board of Directors of a rehabilitation centre for girls in Mexico.

Registration for the Miss Uganda pageant is currently on going and forms can be collected from the Sheraton Kampala Hotel and Talent Africa offices located at Plot 1 Hill Drive in Kololo. Registration and auditions will take places from the Sheraton Hotel. Auditions for the northern and western region shall take place on June 22nd while auditions for eastern and central region shall take place on June 23rd.

The Miss Uganda pageant is organised by Kezzi Entertainment (The Miss World exclusive license holder) and Talent Africa. For more information please contact kezzi@kezzi.co.ug or info@talentafricagroup.co.ug

Content courtesy of Talent Africa Group  & Nairobi Fashion Hub

Bettinah Tianah

The face of everything young, fresh and modern in Uganda. I started out in the Ugandan entertainment at the age of 15 as the host of “Youth Voice” followed by popular television shows “Be My Date” and “About Town”, I also became a respected actor after landing the lead role as Rhona in the Hostel serenity season 4 that aired on  Uganda’s NTV.

I’ve also been a spokesperson for many campaigns here in Uganda and regularly featured on the best dressed lists. All this while completing a degree in Public Relations and media management at CUU

Currently a panelist on the Ntv Style Project a show that aims at edutaining about current trends beauty and fashion which airs every Friday at 7:35pm. In 2017, I emerged as a winner for the best dressed female media personality Uganda in the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards also landed multiple nominations in the Starqt  and  Hipipo Awards.

Bettinah Tianah born Betty Nassali, 10 November 1993 is an Ugandan television personality, actress, model, and fashionista. She is known for hosting television programs like Youth Voice, Be My Date, and The Style Project. She also played a lead role (Rhona) in The Hostel television series.

At the age of 15, Tianah started working at NBS Television as the host of Youth Voice. She later hosted a matchmaking television show called Be My Date in 2015, replacing Anita Fabiola, and has hosted a fashion show called The Style Project since 2017. Tianah landed her first acting role as Rhona, a “bad girl” on the Ugandan television series The Hostelin its fourth and last season.

Tianah hosted the red carpet event at the UNAA Convention in Washington D.C., becoming the first Ugandan to host the event. She is also a model, having signed with Creative Industries Group in 2017. She held her first photoshoot in Paris.

Tianah holds a degree in Journalism from Cavendish University. She had earlier enrolled for a degree in Human Resources Management at Makerere University Business School (MUBS), but dropped out to pursue a journalism career.

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