Tuesday January 7 2014

Will Uganda's Aamito be Africa's next top model?

Aamito has excelled in two competitions and she

Aamito has excelled in two competitions and she is among the top three contenders. Courtesy photo 

By Gloria Haguma

The modelling industry seems to be one of the slowest going trades in this country. Very few of our models get to make it to the international scene, let alone, get internationally recognised.

It’s for this reason that one would not be wrong if they considered our very own Stacie Aamito Lagum, who is among the top three contestants in the Africa’s Next Top Model contest a “modelling messiah of sorts”.
The contest, that is a brainchild of Nigerian super model Oluchi Onweagba, debuted on November, 10, 2013 on Africa Magic Entertainment, and began with 12 contestants.

Aamito, who began modelling at the age of 16, with Arapapa models, is a Uganda Christian University alumni, and has made it to the top three finalists alongside Nigeria’s Opeyemi Awoyemi and Michaela Pinto from Angola. The trio is now off to New York, for the grand finale.

The 5’11”inch tall model featured at the Vogue Italia show, here in Uganda, which was graced by the magazine’s Editor In Chief Ms Sozzani Francca.
What makes this catwalk queen, stand out is not just her 5’11”inch height, but her very outstanding and edgy African look, and features, the kind that can probably be credited for getting Alek Wek where she is today.

Signed to the Joram Model Management, here in Uganda, the model began her new journey on the Africa’s Next Top Model, late last year when she got onto a 13-hour bus drive to Nairobi, to audition for the show, since there were no auditions here in Uganda. She managed to make the cut for the 12 contestants, from all over Africa, that went to the Africa’s Next Top Model House in Cape town.

Queen, as she commonly known amongst her friends, has not only managed to flourish on the show, right from the beginning, but the down-to-earth model, managed to win the very first challenge, and was heaped with praises from both the photographers and make-up artistes.

Her wins on the model search show include the Challenge and Best Photo on episode 2 when the top 12 girls were shooting the opening sequence for Africa’s Next Top Model, best Photo and Challenge on episode 9 (Posing as under water nympths), among others. In total, she has won four challenges throughout the show.

The Kitgum born beauty, that once graced the cover of the renown African Woman magazine, has worked with many designers on the continent, like Adele Dejak, Sylvia Owori, Mustafa Hassanali of Swahili Fashion week, Gloria Wavamunno and Santa Anzo.

Come Sunday 12th January, our very own Stacy Aamito could be crowned Africa’s next top model, a title that carries with it, a chance to start their career on the international modelling scene.

The two others
Opeyemi Awoyemi. The Nigerian who hails from Port Harcourt once took part in the Nokia Face of Africa, in 2005,aged 18.

Michaela Pinto. The Angolan, is reputably one of the biggest modelling icons in her native Angola. The 5ft10 model, is signed to the Hadja Modelling Agency in Angola. Her late mother was also a model.