Tuesday January 14 2014

Uganda’s Aamito joins the super MODEL ranks

Aamito won the Africa’s Next Top

Aamito won the Africa’s Next Top Model search. Courtesy photo 

By Gloria Aguma

From this day forward, the modelling industry in Uganda will carry with it, not just an air of prestige, but also great respect. This is after Stacie Aamito, a Ugandan model, won the Africa’s Next Top Model competition that was held in New York on Sunday. Aamito didn’t just become the first winner of the competition, she held our flag high by being the first Ugandan to win.

Aamito’s great zeal, determination and hard work, coupled with the great support that she received from her fans and friends down here in Kampala was overwhelming. From the constant social media campaigns, and following, to the screening of the show, aired on Africa Magic Entertainment on the finale night, the girl had all the support, and courage she needed to win.

At a free screening at Club Rouge that was attended by friends, fans, fellow models, and the entire team from the Joram Model Management where she was previously signed, the anxiety, on not just Aamito’s face, but also on those of the other two girls wasn’t hard to miss.

The moment everyone had been waiting for came as soon as Nigerian super model Oluchi Onweagba, the brain behind the show announced Aamito as the victor.

The crowd broke into ululations and celebration. Thereafter, an instrumental version of the Ugandan anthem was played. Social media sites went wild with congratulatory messages for the newly crowned catwalk queen. A one @iamogutudaudi tweeted “So #amito has won #ANTM....congs. I have no idea what modelling is about, but her being Ugandan is enough. Another reason to celebrate Ug.”

Aamito, who fought back tears, as she was congratulated by the show’s host, Oluchi, becomes the first person to win the competition, that is in its first cycle. Africa’s Next Top Model is a brainchild of the Nigerian super model, who won the M-Net Face of Africa competition in 1998. The show debuted on November, 10 2013, with 12 contestants. Her victory can be credited to her great consistence, throughout the show. Many of the photo shoots she did were exceptional, and always had a very natural element about them. From the underwater nymphs shoot, to the oversized suit photo shoot, it was evident to see that Aamito had great command of the camera.

After her victory in the grand finale, Aamito is surely destined for greatness in the modelling world.

Perks of the win
Prize money: Aamito’s win came with $50,000 (about Shs125m). Modelling contract: She has been signed on a one year deal with Oluchi Onweagba’s DNA Modelling Agency.

Brand endorsements: Her win came with an endorsment deal for Snapp (an alcoholic beverage) and she will also be brand ambassador for P&G, a manufacturer of product ranges including personal care, household cleaning, laundry detergents and prescription drugs.