As one of the finest models Kenya has ever produced, Olivia Sang is representing the country very well.
The passionate professional model dished out on her success journey, which has seen her getting signed to Boss Models, a leading model management agency in South Africa. She has also appeared in reputable magazine publications, including Essence, Marie Claire South Africa, and True Love East Africa.
Ladies and gentlemen meet Malaika Firth, the Kenyan-born top model who has been wowing the Internet with her astonishing beauty.
Many of you may not know her but you’re about to start paying attention because she is putting Kenya on the global map.
Born and bred in the coastal region till the age of 7 until she relocated with her family to London, Malaika would never have thought in her wildest dream that she would become a supermodel until she was encouraged by her mother to try it out. And so her journey to stardom began at 17 when she was signed after only one casting by Premier Modeling Management, a UK based modeling agency.
Malaika has in the past talked about being bi-racial and takes pride in being both white and black. On being compared to supermodel Naomi Campbell, Malaika said that she was amazed and honored but also wanted to build her own name and image. Growing up as a shy kid in the East London, Malaika spoke about how modeling has helped her become more confident around people. We wish her nothing but success in her modeling career.
Here are her 10 most iconic moments on the runway:
1. Malaika Firth for Anthony Voccarello Spring/Summer 2015 collection – Paris Fashion Week.
2. Malaika Firth for Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2015
3. Malaika Firth for Versace Spring/Summer 2015 collection- Milan Fashion Week.
4. Malaika Firth for Chanel Spring/Summer 2015 collection – Paris Fashion Week.
5. For Dolce & Gabbana at Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2014
Dolce and Gabbana is just among the big names that are on Malaika’s modeling CV. This beauty is truly representing the Kenyan talent on the runway and here, she rocked this Purple and pansies “Enchanted Sicily Collection” by Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Milan Fashion Week, Italy.
6. Malaika Firth for Valentino, Spring 2014
8. Her off duty looks are fun, fresh and trendy
When Malaika is not busy being a supermodel she still pulls off her A game with this off-duty looks, talk about being a model and having a sense of style.
8. Victoria’s Secret Campaign
Malaika Firth has been featured in several campaigns – think of IVY PARK and Marc Jobs – her major one being the Prada one that led to a lot of people comparing her to Naomi Campell, as she was the first black model to be featured after nearly two decades. Here Malaika does a pajama campaign.
9. Missioni, Spring 2016 – a continental expedition through color and pattern
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Burundian social media influencer Nella Neth sat down with us this week to speak about her new journey as a mother, the little things she cares about the most and revealed her ultimate hangout joints in Stockholm, Sweden, where she is based.
Nella, you’re now a mom to someone very special to you. How has motherhood changed your lifestyle?
My lifestyle hasn’t changed completely. I surely do not have time to attend certain events or do some stuff because of responsibilities, but I manage to take care of my son and make sure I take care of myself as well.
Over the years, you’ve branded yourself as an actress and performer. You’re now regarded as the most beautiful influencer to crop out of Burundi. How does it feel to have such a crown?
I don’t consider myself the most whatever but I do have a creative mind. I am entertaining and can also be unpredictable- so if that’s what beauty is then I am so damn beautiful. But when it comes to the appearance, Burundian girls are beautiful; I just happen to be the one that have used my platform shamelessly and became more visible.
What do you regard as your most notable achievement in your professional career?
I have achieved a lot when I look back even though I tend to discredit myself. However, my biggest pride and achievement is the fact that I have established a connection with my followers. There is nothing better than having someone you don’t know, they don’t know you, they don’t want nothing from you but an ear to listen and an open heart. I speak a lot privately with my followers and they share a lot about themselves with me. That kind of trust is priceless. People sometimes just need someone they can relate to.
How have you managed to maintain such a terrific body after giving birth?
I must say that it’s genes because I haven’t worked out or done any consistent diet. I have been eating whatever, so let’s thank my parents for passing me the fit genes.
How’s your day-to-day routine now that you’re a parent?
My days are different; anything can happen. I just adjust and add on my normal schedules.
Sweden is known to have great fashion brands, a vibrant culture, the iconic reindeer, a great landscape, the canals in Stockholm and much more. What would you recommend someone to do while in this beautiful country?
OMG! I don’t even know where to start because I might break it down like a tourist guide. Stockholm is a beautiful city; very vibrant, very busy and clean. The parks, the breath-taking architecture, the cafés and the shops.I would recommend someone to have window shopping in Östermalm, go to Södermalm to eat some delicious vegan meals, go visit the royal palace at Gamla stan and at the end go to the clubs in Stockholm — not the most popular, but the underground, Facebook event kind of clubs. You will have blast and don’t forget to put yourself on the list because clubs here can reject you for not being on the list.
When it comes to doppelgängers, science states that each one of us has at least 7 people in the world who look exactly like them. Rarely are we lucky to meet even one, but in the case of celebrities, many people usually come out to claim the spot. For example, Taylor Swift and Obama’s lookalikes are popular in their own rights.
Meet Lihle Nkosi and Phuti Phala, two South African upcoming media personalities who just found that they look alike. At first it could not settle easily with them, but they’ve found comfort within each other.
At first sight, you can easily confuse them as twins. In fact, when Lihle first posted a photo of them on Instagram, I wondered why she has never posted her sister for the 3 years I’ve been following her.
It turns out that indeed they are not related. Here’s what they had to say!
Harun: So guys just give me the backstory on how you met…you two look so alike…is it a coincidence?
Lihle: Everyone is confused, because we met in December through a mutual friend in Johannesburg who had told us we look alike.
Harun: How was your reaction when you met the first time?
Phuti: When we first met each other we didn’t think we look alike. It was only after we got to talk to each other more and go through each other’s pictures. We took a video that same day when we met that had my other friends confused on who’s who.
Harun: Wow…and what has been everyone’s reaction since then? And do you feel like you two share a lot or you are completely different personalities?
Lihle: People always told us we look alike but we both didn’t take it seriously.
The first day we met, we were just speaking the whole time and we honestly didn’t realize we look alike. We were just chatting the whole time and then started realizing how alike we were. We also found out we share a lot in common. Phuti also has a passion for media and television.
Phuti ZA: Everyone is as shocked as we are. I find People’s reaction really funny because they don’t believe us at all; some even suggest that we should do a DNA test and question our parents.
Harun: Do you plan on actually doing that?
Phuti: We are not related I know that for a fact. We’re doppelgängers who are just lucky that they don’t stay too far from each other.
I think if we were to test it would be just to prove to people that it’s possible that there’s someone who looks like you and isn’t related to you
We were talking the whole time our friend even said we talk a lot and we still couldn’t help but continue.
Lihle: We have very similar personalities, we have the same style in terms of fashion, we into the same career field and we actually even have the same scar on our forehead 🙈 we both fell when we were young. The whole experience has honestly been lovely, feel like I found a sister.
Harun: That’s so cool!
Phuti: Don’t forget that we both went to Catholic boarding school.
Lihle: Yeah that’s true and the funniest things happen, for example this morning we sent each other good morning messages at the same time.
Harun: Wow. That’s just…insane.
Lihle: We both have problems with our eye sights. Oh yes! We both went to a catholic boarding school.
Harun: Have you guys considered starting a show together? You know…it could be a hit.
Lihle: Yes!! A friend of mine Barney suggested we start a show where we answer questions about how we met, like how we are doing now but also show people how similar our characteristics were. It would be really cool to start a TV show or even be featured in a TV show. We are working on that.
Phuti: Yes we’re planning on taking over.
Harun: Why did you two start a joint Instagram account by the way?
Lihle: We shared picmix pictures of ourselves on social media and realized how much attention we got from brands. We actually just did a shoot for Kolorz, a makeup brand in South Africa based in Greenstone & East Rand Mall. SissyBoy Jeans sponsored our outfits for the shoot.
It was a really great start and we want to create this platform and who knows maybe one day we will be as big as TheBadura Twins and monetize on looking alike.
Phuti: Yes. So the social media page makes it easier for brands to see our work and book us to work with them.
Harun: So have you had any negative energy thrown your way? How did you deal with it?
Phuti: At this point we’re getting a lot of positive response from people and we’re hoping that we will get approached by more brands.
Lihle: We don’t know of any other doppelgängers that have been social media influencers so it will bring negative remarks as you say but that really isn’t our focus. I think we’ve created a solid relationship in the few days we’ve known each other and concentrating on negative remarks won’t divert our attention from the bigger goal. But luckily we haven’t received any attacks on social media, just love and support.
Phuti: People have just been really supportive; it’s overwhelming. As much as our parents are shocked, they support us and are very happy for us.
Harun: What’s your age difference?
Phuti: 7 months apart, Lihle is older than me. I was born in 1998, February 6th and Lihle was born in 1997, June 25th.
Harun: What did Phuti study in campus? Or are you still enrolled?
Phuti: I studied TV production at AFDA and I’m graduating
Harun: By the way that is a close age range guys.
Lihle: Right? It’s so amazing, I feel like God had a greater reason for meeting at this point in our lives!
This week, we feature Kayleigh du-Pont, the younger sister to Swazi-born South African actress Amanda du-Pont. She may be young but is on a fast track to success, just like her sister. Kayleigh comes across as warm, laid back and opinionated.
One of which, how she became the face of the brand for the Arabian market.
“Okay, haha just to clarify this…Fenty is the Rihanna collection in collaboration with Puma. Given my ambassadorship with Puma,I have access to all the collaborations that drop so Fenty is just a part of it!”, she said.
It is worth noting that her success came out of her making meaningful human connections. For a girl who will soon be in Los Angeles touring and making new exciting industry friends, things have really gone well for her.
“It’s actually a crazy story. I went to a Bryson Tiller concert back in 2015 in Amsterdam. While I was at the merchandise section I met a guy who was in charge of sales and we became friends and exchanged emails. We kept in touch because he was in the fashion industry and told me he’d need to work with a photographer for his brand,” she revealed.
So how did she end up getting this gig?
“He said he’s always in Dubai a couple of times in a year because his best friend lives here. His best friend turns out to be one of the founders of the creative agency (Jungle Beige) that Puma Middle East hired to do all its marketing campaigns. They decided to come up with a street team called the Suede Guerrillas, and I was selected as a candidate because the guy I met in Amsterdam had suggested me as a person of interest to his best friend as I was someone who fit what they were looking for. And the rest is history,” she added.
Fast forward to 2018, the gorgeous model did a collaboration with Dubai based makeup artist Mohammed Hindash and the results were splendid! The team at Fenty Beauty could not help but marvel at her that they gave her a shout out! Check this!
Fatma also went on toappear on Vogue Arabia. The feature was about her International Women’s Day exhibition, and she did the collaboration with Puma. The event took place at the newly opened Renaissance Hotel in Dubai.
“Fenty Beauty was created for everyone: For women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures, and races. I wanted everyone to feel included. That’s the real reason I made this line.” – Rihanna
25-year-old photographer, videographer, stylist and brand ambassador Fatma Al Bakry AKA Tumi is not your average content creator. Her Instagram feed is otherworldly. She has a knuckle for great content and that keeps her audience locked in for more.