So many of us fall and get backed up against the wall, but how many of us get but back up, dust ourselves and say, “Let’s carry on”? Winnie Blessings Adhiambo is a professional runway model as well as a 3rd year student of Electronic Media. There is more than meets the eye when it comes to Winnie. She is a girl that exudes both inner and outer beauty. I had the chance to speak to her and find out more about her.
When did you start modelling and what else do you do aside from that and being in school?
When I was young, I think 5 years old, I can’t quite recall, I modelled for Maneno magazine. I started modelling officially in 2013. Aside from modelling. I co-own a charity organization called Tailored with Quavers +254 (TWQ) with two of my friends. It deals with empowering, mentoring and nurturing children’s talents.
It can get really hectic juggling school work, modelling and charity work especially when appointments fall on the same day, so I try as much as I can not to have important activities on the same day.
Are you managed or do you work under a particular agency? If so, how have they helped you make bigger strides in your work as a model?
The biggest benefit of being managed is, I don’t have to look for clients myself. And when I’m sent for a job, my manager makes sure I am paid well.
I can’t complain. I have done jobs that I wouldn’t have known about unless I was 100% connected and well known. Sometimes these modelling jobs call for models they have worked with before, so with my agency I have actually made bigger strides
What are your biggest achievements so far?
Back in 2013 when I started out, I did the Safaricom sevens advert where I was one of the main cast.
I have worked with well-known designers like John Kaveke and Yvonne Afro-street among others. These are people I used to stalk and I got to model for them.
I modeled during the Nairobi fashion Market event and last year I got to be on the runway.
I ushered during Hon Kalonzo Musyoka’s book launch ‘Against all Odds’. Then end last year I did another advert. I recently did Fashion High Tea… hands down it was the best experience ever!
What challenges have you been through since?
Challenges are there… I remember this one time I went for auditions for a show that was to be in Nigeria. So I get it with my confidence fully charged, my posture at 100%, like I was composed and all…
I walk for the clients and I can see smiles and whispers that my walk is nice. I knew I had it only for one of the ladies to say I look too young. I was devastated. I went to my friend’s place cause I was about to cry and I didn’t want to do it in front of other models who were happily taking selfies because they were shortlisted for the show. But from that I learnt as a model you can’t please every client you go see, that’s also a life lesson, you can’t please everyone. So it gets really challenging especially when all your friends and family members are 100% sure you will get a certain job and you don’t. It was hard for me to tell them I didn’t get it, I feel like I sort of disappointed them, it’s a painful feeling.But I don’t give up easily
You have a lean body, ideal for the work you do…would you say this is natural or do you have to work out or generally have some tricks up your sleeve to help you achieve that lean look?
When it comes to my body, I’m naturally slender but I try to skip once in a while and a bit of sit ups when I’m feeling all strong.
How far would you like to go in your modelling career?
Well… I’d want it to put food on my table and a roof over my head. But, most importantly I hope I get to be someone’s idol and an inspiration to models that are shorter than the average runway height of 5’8. I’m 5’7 and I’m doing well. And, every girl’s dream… is to be an international model.
The height limit is still an issue?
For runway, some clients are quite strict. They say 5’8 and above.
Varcity wishes Winnie all the best as she pursues her modelling career!