Africa’s catwalk queen, Stacie Aamito Lagum arrived in the country on Friday, from New York.
The model, who just won supermodel Oluchi Onweagba’s Africa’s Next Top Model competition, that was aired on Africa Magic, was received by family, friends and well-wishers. During the press conference organised at the Sheraton Kampala hotel, Aamito, who was very teary, had only kind words for her fans, and friends, who she credits as having been her confidence boost, thorough out the competition.
Flanked by her mother, Ms Sidonia Aya, and some family members, Aamito, said that she hoped her win would open the doors for the growth of the fashion industry, not just in Africa, but all over the world. “I would like to see more fashion week events organised here, and even have renowned fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld showcase his designs on runways here,” she added.
Her modelling agent Joram Muzira, who is also the CEO, of the Joram Model Management, under which Aamito belonged before she joined the competition, urged the other models to maximise this opportunity, and use it’s as a stepping stone to get the industry to greater heights.
“The modelling industry here has been neglected, and I hope that Aamito’s win, will create a new image for modelling, and eventually also create a platform where models are respected,” he adds.
Following her newly acclaimed status, Aamito plans to move to New York, to start her new life as a model, under the DNA modelling agency, one of the biggest in world.
When asked about how she planned on spending her $50,000 (Shs125m) grand prize, the model said she would use some of this money to start up a humanitarian project in her home town of Kitgum.
“Way back, I always wanted to start up a project to help women with fistula related problems. Now that I have this money, I plan to embark on this project, in coordination with my other colleagues,” she said.