Kenyan Fashion by Ajuma Nasenyana
is one Kenyan Fashionistas and fashion model born in the town of Lodwar, situated in the Turkana District of Kenya. Her first foray into modeling was in the Miss Tourism Kenya competition in 2003, where she was crowned Miss Nairobi. It was through this competition that she came to the attention of Lyndsey McIntyre of Surazuri Modeling Agency. Soon afterward, Gamma Photo Agency came to Kenya to do a story on McIntyre’s scouting work and were so taken with Nasenyana that she became the main feature of the story; which later ran in France’s Gala magazine. The pictures taken were compiled into a portfolio and presented to international agency Ford Models, who entered her in Ford’s Supermodel of the World competition.
Kenyan Fashion by Malaika Firth
The Kenyan-born New York-based model is considered an up and coming Kenyan fashionistas been on the fast-rise after she became the first black model to star in a Prada campaign after Naomi Campbell did it more than 20 years ago.
She started modeling under Premier Model Management, after her mother saw a TV special about the model agency. Firth attracted attention when she was booked as the first black model in almost 20 years to appear in a Prada advertising.
Upcoming Kenyan Fashion trends
The fashion industry in Kenya has evolved, and is driving the Kenyan fashion genre not only in terms of clothing, but also with relation to the major players in the industry: the fashion industry as we know it today was not the same 20 years ago. Industry players from major fashion houses to models, television and fashion bloggers are helping pave way to a rising tide that is expecting to illuminate the industry.
Back in the day, the only clothes designers we were accustomed to were the tailors in our estate; when Anne McReath opened up the first Kiko Romeo shop in the 1990s, designers were inspired to step out of their comfort zone and create designs that could be sold to the mass market.
Today the Kenyan Fashion Industry is inundated with talented designers who take designing to a whole new level.
These are the industry players we should be whole heartedly supporting to bring the maturity of the industry full circle.