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Miss Uganda Stella Nantumbwe’s personal style

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By Esther Oluka

Posted  Saturday, July 12   2014 at  01:00

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Stella Nantumbwe shares with Esther Oluka what her style sense was before and after she was crowned Miss Uganda last year:

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How has your personal style changed ever since you became Miss Uganda?
Before the pageant, I was quite cocky and adventurous with my style of dressing. I loved wearing mostly jeans and tops. But now, my dress code is more formal because I have to put up the best impression whenever I am out there meeting people.
What kind of formal outfits are you found of wearing now and how you describe your style?

It is mostly skirts and dresses. My personal style is sophiscated and too grown up for my age since most of the clothes I tend to wear cover up most of my body. Once in a while though, I wear short dresses like any other girl out there.
What are your five must have handbag essentials?

I have a deodorant, a bit of jewellery, perfume, a pair of spectacles since I’m short-sighted, and my makeup bag. Inside it is every makeup accessory including eyelashes, brushes, lipstick and eye shadow.

Do you do shopping for some of your personal clothes at times?
Yes. I do and this is without any kind of difficulty. If I want something, I will just walk into a boutique and buy it.

Do you buy your own clothes for public appearances as Miss Uganda?
Not really. Most of the outfits that I wear are from House of Zirian fashion house located in industrial area, Kampala whose responsibility is to dress me up as Miss Uganda.

Do you have a personal stylist?
Brenda Nanyonjo, the Miss Uganda organiser, is very helpful in this area. She helps me choose what to wear to an event. Although I can do my own make up, she also tends to help out once in a while.
What is the highest amount of money you have ever spent a clothing item?
£201 (about Shs900,000) for a red long dress I bought it from London when I was going to participate at the Miss Black Africa UK pageant a few years ago.

Miss Uganda describes her style as sophisticated and too grown up for her age.

I would never wear Rihanna’s fishnet and crystal dress even if I was paid to.

The yellow dress I wore to the Kampala Fashion Intro event in May at the Serena Kampala Hotel, was so tight that it tore at the back to form a slit. That has got to be the most uncomfortable dress I have ever worn to an event.

My dress code is more formal because as Miss Uganda, I have to put up the best impression wherever I go.

For me, Victoria Beckham is a fashion icon, especially for looking so flawless at her age (40).

I have my eye on skater skirts. Whenever I see them, I remind myself that I should at least get one.

Titbits

Age: 23 years.
Status: Single.
Parents: Mr Rogers Nsereko and Mrs Angella Nakiyonga who are both doing personal businesses.
Schools attended: Buganda Road Primary School, Kabojja junior school, Kabojja International Secondary School and Vienna College Namugongo. She then attended Greenwich University of South East London where she graduated with a degree in business computing in 2012.
Personal projects she is venturing into at the moment: Music and business (specialising in hair wigs).