Wednesday 22nd of March 2023

Nairobi, Kenya

Fiona Okwisa Ambuka, aka Little Miss Kenya 2022, Is Ready To Take On The World.

Fiona Okwisa Ambuka, aka Little Miss Kenya 2022, Is Ready To Take On The World. She won Little Miss Kenya 2022, but her modelling journey has just begun, and she agreed to talk to the Nairobi Fashion Hub about herself and why she loves being a model.

1 . Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

I’m a model, a dancer. I do taekwondo and swimming, and I love myself so much. 


2. What’s your favourite colour and why?

 White- because white is peaceful and pure.


3. What’s your favourite cartoon and why? 

 Frozen because of the love Elsa has for her sister. 


4. When was the first time that you knew about modelling?

 I was 5 years old.


5. When did you fall in love with the idea of being a model?

I love fashion so much, and that drew me so much to be a supermodel.



6. Who taught you how to model?

My mum & I always train together and do my projects together. She is my best support system.


7. Which other fashion titles have you won apart from Little Miss Kenya 2022?

I have won the following titles:

  • Mini Miss Face Of Nakuru 2021
  • Mini Miss Junior Idol Kenya 2021
  • Mini Miss Pink Reborn Kenya 2022
  • Miss Gorgeous And Cool 2022
  • Little Miss Environment Kenya, 1st Runner Up 2022.
  • Mini Miss Kenya Nakuru County 2022


8. What is Little Miss Kenya about?

It’s a kid’s modelling competition for kids between 3 and 17years from all 47counties of Kenya. They come together and contest for the main title.


9. Did you have fun competing in Little Miss Kenya?

Yes, I enjoyed meeting new friends and socialising with them, and I also learned a lot from all the different cultures in Kenya.


10. What helped you win the Little Miss Kenya competition?

The grace of God and a lot of training in my confidence, discipline and belief in myself.


11. How do you prepare for modelling competitions?

 I do a lot of training and believe in myself.


12. What’s your favourite thing about being a model?

When you win, it feels so nice and wearing beautiful dresses, and I love being in front of cameras. 


13. Have you faced any challenges in the modelling industry?

A lot, but mostly money has been one of them, sometimes we have to walk to town for competition because we don’t have transport, other times I can’t afford some beautiful dresses and many things. 


14. What keeps you motivated?

My mum never gives up on me, and she’s my biggest support system. She’s always by my side with my little brother Sam. 



15. What do you do in your free time or over the holidays to have fun or relax?

I love dancing, watching movies with my brother, swimming, visiting my grandmother in shags, and reading Bible stories.


16. What would you say to inspire other kids interested in the fashion & modelling industry?

Mine is to the parents, and please support your kids to be the best they can be.


17. Which modelling competitions are you excited to participate in, in the future?

Next year march, I’m representing Kenya in Malaysia for the Little Miss/Mr United World. I’m so excited, because “nitapanga ndege.” And it will be my first time.


18. Which models do you look up to you and why? 

Zozibinia is from South Africa; she is very beautiful and confident and fights for women’s rights. 


19. Do you want to be a professional model when you grow up?

Yes, very much.

Deliah Ipupa

Deliah Ipupa is one of the most sought-after Kenyan models both locally and internationally.

Apart from being the official Face of Nivea, she also appeared in several of Nivea’s commercials. Ipupa has successfully walked down numerous runways and several other international occasions.

Although her journey began in Africa, modeling has seen her move to Amsterdam’s borders.

The 5.11 feet, the dark-skinned model has seen a lot in the fashion world, and has enjoyed walking the catwalk and graced our screens in so many advertisements.

Having recently competed and won the competition that led her to be the face of Nivea black and white. Her appearance is not the only thing that attracts people, but also her charisma as well.

Miss Ipupa is a versatile lady, having been a model, a judge, an actress, and an entertainer, she is surely one to look up to.

She aims to be the role model of many girls who want to be models in Africa by setting the right pace.

An Admirer of the London designer Victoria Beckham, she surely knows her way in the Fashion Industry. Her dream is to walk on the London fashion week alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell.

She fought her way to be the face of Nivea and so it is only right to say that Miss Ipupa is here to stay and many should watch out for her.

Content courtesy of Nairobi Fashion Hub Digital Team 


Miss Universe Kenya 2018 Wabaiya Kariuki To Represent Kenya At Miss Elite International Beauty Pageant In Egypt

Miss Universe Kenya 2018, Wabaiya Kariuki will be representing Kenya at Miss Elite International beauty Pageant that will be going down at El Gouna Town Resort at the Red Sea, in Egypt.

The pageant that aims to celebrate exceptional models, singers, actresses and influencers among others in the beauty industry will be taking place from the 1st to the 3rd of April 2020.

” I guess the cat’s out of the bag now. A sis will be heading to Egypt in April for the miss elite world competition to represent the motherland. Excited for what’s to come. Thank you Nariman Khaled for the opportunity. “

Wabaiya will be contesting against over 20 other contestants from other countries such as Brazil, Serbia, Poland, Sweden, Lebanon, Nigeria, Egypt and Columbia among others. The young beauty queen who represented Kenya at the Miss Universe beauty pageant held in Thailand in 2018 posted the exciting news on her Instagram feed, indicating how proud she was to represent her motherland.

Founded by Stephano Douaihy, this will be the first edition of the Miss Elite International beauty Pageant. It will be hosted by MTV Presenter and Model Carla Haddad. The organizers are excited about this event and hope to make a historical debut into the pageant world.

Content courtesy of Wabaiya Kariuki, Miss Elite world & Nairobi fashion  hub

Wabaiya Kariuki

Wabaiya Kariuki is a 24 year old who has just completed her degree in Actuarial Science. She works at a start up insurance agency called Mule Insurance Agency Limited.

Apart from that, she is a high fashion and commercial model having worked with a number of designers from East Africa and has been featured in some online Pan African campaigns.

She enjoys singing, travelling, listening to music, hanging out with friends and watching movies. She is also a singer and in her free time, she teaches violin at a start up music school in her area. The most influential person in her life is her late mother who was a Singer, Fashion Designer, Model and a completely lovable person. If she wins the crown, she hopes to advocate for mental health among the youth in her country.

Content courtesy of Miss Universe & Nairobi fashion hub

Stacy Michuki

Stacy Michuki is the youngest woman to be crowned Miss Universe Kenya in the organization’s history. With hard work and determination, she hopes to achieve her dream of becoming a world renowned high fashion model.

She is passionate about youth empowerment both in her country and across the globe, and believes that the next generation are the leaders of tomorrow. Stacy hopes to use her platform to show the rest of the world that these kids are worth investing in.

She also hopes to be a role model to young girls and instill the idea that regardless of background or current circumstances, all dreams are achievable and they shouldn’t let anyone tell them otherwise.


Content courtesy of Miss universe 

Adut Akech

Born during a journey to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, South Sudanese native Adut Akech is currently one of the fashion industry’s most in-demand talents, as well as one of TIME’s “Most Influential Teens of 2018.”

Having spent her earliest days as a refugee, Adut and her family eventually emigrated to Adelaide, Australia, where she lived out her life as a student and joined a local modeling agency.

In 2016, she was cast as a global exclusive for Anthony Vaccarello’s debut Saint Laurent show. Since then, she has become the muse of renowned designers, such as Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli, who brought her to the 2018 Met Gala, and Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, who has tapped Adut to open and close multiple shows for the brand. She has also walked for Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Miu Miu, Prada, Versace, and more.

To date, Adut has shot campaigns for Fendi, Moschino, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Versace, etc. She has also appeared on the covers or within the pages of American Vogue, British Vogue, Italian Vogue, Vogue Paris, Vogue Korea, i-D, and more, working with legendary photographers such as Steven Meisel, Inez & Vinoodh, and Tim Walker.

Her personal journey has been already covered by the likes of CNN and the New York Times, The Guardian, and many more, with TIME recognizing her as one of the “25 Most Influential Teens of 2018.”

Outside of her career in fashion, Adut has recently begun working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in order to promote causes that support refugees around the world. She hopes that her own story can serve as inspiration for many to become more invested in alleviating the plights of refugees

Adut has worked with several Top Agencies in the world

  1. New York
    The Society Management
  2. Paris
    Elite Paris
  3. Milan
    Elite Milan
  4. London
    Elite London
  5. Barcelona
    Elite Spain
  6. Copenhagen
    Elite Copenhagen
  7. Sydney
    Chadwick Models
  8. Mother agency Chadwick Models (Sydney)

Content courtesy of Models com & Nairobi Fashion Hub Online Digital Team 


Halima Aden becomes first model to wear hijab and burkini in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

Boundary-breaking Muslim supermodel Halima Aden has made history once again by becoming the first model to wear a hijab and burkini in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

In 2016, Aden became the first contestant in Miss Minnesota USA to wear a hijab and burkini, ultimately reaching the pageant’s semi-finals.

“There are so many Muslim women that feel like they don’t fit society’s standard of beauty,” she told CNN at the time. “I just wanted to tell them it’s OK to be different, being different is beautiful, too.”

She shared a similar sentiment at her Sports Illustrated shoot. “Growing up in the United States, I never really felt represented because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab,” she said in a behind-the-scenes video. “Don’t be afraid to be the first.”

Aden, who is Somali-American, grew up in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, before moving with her family to the US at the age of seven.

Her Sports Illustrated shoot, photographed by Yu Tsai, took place at Kenya’s Watamu Beach.

“I keep thinking (back) to six-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp,” Aden told the magazine. “So to grow up to live the American dream [and] to come back to Kenya and shoot for SI in the most beautiful parts of Kenya — I don’t think that’s a story that anybody could make up.”

Again, this isn’t the first time Aden has made history — or even the first time this year. In March, she was one of three black hijabi models featured on the cover of Vogue Arabia — the magazine’s first group hijabi cover — alongside Ikram Abdi Omar and Amina Adan.

In April 2018, she broke new ground in British Vogue, as the first hijabi woman on the cover.

“I empower women by staying true to myself and also encouraging them to go out and not be scared to be the first,” Aden told CNN on International Women’s Day in March. “If you don’t see yourself represented in any given field, take it upon yourself to be the one.”

Content courtesy of CNN & Nairobi fashion hub 

Brenda Wairimu

Brenda Wairimu is a Kenyan actress and model known for her role in the soap opera Mali. She is most notable for playing various roles in several television series.

Brenda Wairimu was born on 3rd May 1989 in Mombasa, Kenya. She is a Kenyan actress and a TV Show co host of Lets Talk in Ebru Tv.

Brenda says that it was not easy for her to break to the acting scene since most directors said her look was not right, she was either too short or too light. Her big break came when she landed the Changing times role because the directors were looking for a Swahili girl and Brenda’s was perfect for the role.

Brenda an Juliani have been in a romantic relationship but they like to keep it private that makes people speculate about their seperation.During ‘Lets Talk’ Brenda told her co host how she made a move on Juliani.

“I actually met J on social media,I slide in his DM. You might not know this about me, but I love rap, hip hop and all that and I was a big, huge fan of his and I used to do short braids when I knew he was going to perform so that I can shake my head. So when I got to the industry I was like, maybe now I can get to meet this icon, this person that I really enjoyed his music. So I was like, hey I like your music and what not and the rest is history.”

Brenda has a baby with her boyfriend Juliani whose name is Amor. Benda keeps her baby away from the public dormain. Brenda said that the reason she keeps her baby from the public is in case she grows up to be a private person and wants a quiet life away from the publicity of her famous parents.

Content courtesy of Information cradle & Nairobi fashion hub



Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Amondi Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and fashion model,The daughter of Kenyan politician Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, she was born in Mexico City, where her father was teaching, and was raised in Kenya from the age of one.

                                                          Photo Credit: by James Gourley

Nyong’o has become a majestic fashion icon, with red-carpet appearances and pics in publications like InStyle and W. She also twice graced the cover of Vogue in a short span of time, appearing on the publication’s July 2014 and October 2015 issues.

However, Nyong’o’s appearance on the November 2017 issue of Grazia U.K. fueled controversy, after the actress slammed the magazine for retouching the photo to chop off her ponytail and smooth out her hair. The magazine subsequently apologized for the editorial mishap, with photographer An Le taking the blame for his “incredibly monumental mistake.”

Who Is Lupita Nyong’o?

Born in 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, Lupita Nyong’o started acting as a teen in Kenya and went on to work behind the scenes of the film The Constant Gardener. She directed and produced the albinism documentary In My Genes and starred in the TV series Shuga.

Nyong’o went on to earn acclaim for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The following year, she starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Off-Broadway play Eclipsed. The actress also featured prominently in the box office-shattering superhero flick Black Panther (2018).

Content courtesy of Biography.com & Nairobi fashion hub

Roshanara Ebrahim

Roshanara Ebrahim is a Kenyan television personality, model, former beauty pageant and Law graduate. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, she began her career as a model at the age of 6.

She was crowned Miss Nairobi County 2016 and Miss World Kenya 2016. She is an ambassador for Rootia Haircare brand

Miss World Kenya 2016
Roshanara Ebrahim was crowned Miss World Kenya in 2016, but has been stripped of her title following a series of controversies. She was replaced by Evelyn Njambi the at that time reigning ‘Miss Kiambu’.

After losing her crown, Roshanara was embroiled in a lawsuit after her ex-boyfriend Frank Zahlten leaked her nude photos online, culminating in her being ‘dethroned’ of the Miss Kenya title. Following this, Roshanara sued her ex-boyfriend and the Miss Kenya organizer Ashleys Kenya.

A high court ruling delivered on December 7, 2016, ruled in favour of Roshanara, concluding that non consensual circulation of intimate images was a gross human rights issue, and that it breached the right to one’s privacy under Article 31 (c) of Kenya’s Constitution.

The third respondent, Frank Zahlten  Roshanara’s ex-boyfriend, was required to pay the petitioner Miss Kenya $10,000 in damages, for breach of her right to privacy.

TV host
After the Standard Group announced her employment on one of their shows, Roshanara was a co-host alongside Sara Ndanu, who has been holding down the fort since its inception. An announcement was made on October 22, 2016, that she will be joining The Skin Therapy Show on KTN Home

Content courtesy of Roshanara Ebrahim & Nairobi fashion hub 

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