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She’s one of Zambia’s fast-rising stars, definitely the next big thing in content creation. Natasha Chellah has created a niche for herself for being a style influencer.

Her Instagram and TikTok following has been burgeoning, and the 19-year-old star is not stopping anytime soon. At the time of this publication, she had over 100,000 fans across her platforms.

The aspiring brand ambassador comes across as personable, smart, and ambitious. Chellah has demonstrated boldness and utmost creativity when it comes to content creation.

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We had a sit-down with her to find out more about her, the future plans she has, and definitely, what fans don’t know about her.

Chellah describes her style as trendy and casual. Her dream travel destinations are Jamaica and Paris.

As it turns out, the Pharmacy student is more than just a beautiful face and curvaceous body. There’s so much more to her than what she puts out on her social channels.

Fashion Today: You have truly grown your social media brands in an awe-inspiring way. We are sure you’d love to work with some brands in the future. Which ones do you aspire to work with and why?

Natasha Chellah: I’d love to work with Fashion Nova. I truly love fashion and style. I want to be a brand ambassador and there are a lot of benefits that come with that.

Secondly in my country, I’ve never seen anyone working with Fashion Nova; I might be the first in the country and that’ll really be a huge achievement for me.

FT: Growing up, everyone has someone they look up to. This could be a family member or someone in mainstream media. Who’s your biggest inspiration?

NC: I get inspired by so many people that I don’t even know who I would pick to say this one has an impact on my life.

FT: How do friends and people who know you describe your personality?

NC: Very kind, loving, jovial, and also smart.

FT: When it comes to shopping online, things can get tricky. Sometimes what you order is not what you get. What are some of your favorite shopping tips when it comes to ordering stuff online?

NC: I’d say patience. Give yourself time to go through the entire store and then pick out your favorite. With online I’d go to my favorite category and add the best to my cart.

FT: It’s your best friend’s birthday. You have an amazing budget to choose whatever you’d like for the occasion. What would you go for?

NC: It’s my friend’s birthday so I’ll go with what they’d like, like their favorite color, and also I’d tell her to help me pick because that day will be about her and not me.

FT: Zambia is a great country. For anyone planning to visit, what are some of the foods that they should definitely try?

NC: Firstly one should try Nshima (pap); this one is our staple food. Chibwabwa (pumpkin leaves), Delele (okra), and Kapenta stew (Tanganyika sardine).

FT: Music plays a huge role in influencing fashion and style in many young people. What happens to be your favorite genre and does it influence your style?

NC: My favorite music is dancehall but I listen to most genres too, and again my taste in music has no impact on my fashion sense.

FT: Why should African parents support their children’s talent as opposed to insisting on school work only?

NC: Parents should understand it’s not always about school. People are different, and what I hate most is that our parents force us to study anything that has to do with medicine like it’s the one course that will make them so proud.

But it’s not that; they need to help us grow our talents besides school. So, I highly recommend parents helping their kids with growing their talents, ’cause we’re all different.

What will work for one person won’t work for the other. Either way, we need to grow.

FT: What are your big plans with content and brand ambassadorship?

NC: Building my brand, making money, doing whatever makes me happy, and also helping people out there where I can.

Here are some of her photos:

Natasha Chellah
Natasha Chellah
Natasha Chellah

When I interviewed Puma Middle East Ambassador Fatma Al Bakry last month, the Omani beauty revealed a lot of interesting stuff about herself.

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.

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“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 to appear 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

New York based Kenyan model Giannina Oteto has been the talk of the year.

In February 2016, she joined star models – including Kylie Jenner – to showcase for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden. The show attracted 20,000 people and was one of the most talked about happenings last year. It was during the same event that he streamed his new album at the time, Life of Pablo.

It was during this busy day when Giannina had her most memorable encounter with the “All of the Lights” rapper. She is a super busy model but she managed to have sometime for us to converse about what she’s been up to. I was awed by what she told me.
Giannina Oteto

“Kanye West is such a great person. Lots of us always hear how unfriendly or not nice he is. But from working with him, he was a really genuine and very kind man. Very respectful and caring. One show I did for him I was wearing his son’s necklace which he took off his own neck for me to wear. And I remember him saying “after the show, please personally return this to me”, she revealed.

Of course you can imagine how worthy this piece of art was. If Kanye insisted that she return it to him, then it means that it must have been a gem to the creator.

“So of course I did just that, but while I was waiting for him to finish speaking with his wife. I went up and asked him to help me take it off, then one of his stylists insisted she would take it off for me, I kindly refused and told her I had told him I would return it to him. After approaching him and returning the necklace to him, he thanked me and mentioned he had forgotten that he let one of the models wear it due to how busy the day was. He was very grateful though,” she added.

This is one of the rare moments that gets shown on media. There was one time when Kanye actually smiled for the camera and the whole thing went viral. He was hanging out with my good friend Nqobile Danseur, a London based South African dancer and model.

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Giannina’s experience is just one of the many interesting stuff she’s done since she flew to the USA. Last year, she made headlines when she was chosen to be on the cover of Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love! album cover. The album debuted at number 5 on the US Billboard Top 200. It also received Album of the Year nomination at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards

Childish Gambino.

She was nominated for the Abraynz Style & Fashion Awards 2017 as Female Model of the Year (Africa). She’s also proud to have traveled to countries such as England, South Africa, Italy, Mexico and other beautiful places.

“Theres so many milestones I have accomplished and I am still so excited for what’s to come! Just to sum it up, there’s a lot of things but would take me forever to list,” she adds.

Interview conducted by @harunmomanyi. Harun is an accredited lifestyle and entertainment journalist, known for working with the likes of Yemi Alade, Vanessa Mdee, Sauti Sol, Eddy Kenzo, K.O and other big celebrities. You can check out more of his work at

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