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Interview With Africa's Next Top Model Winner Aamito From Uganda

 By Stella WaAfrika




She was that girl the judges were looking for, for 9 weeks. Out of 12 contestants who competed for the prize of becoming Africa's Next Top Model led by Nigerian super model Oluchi, Uganda's Aamito walked away with the most sought after title which saw her receive a one year modeling contract with New York based DNA models, $50,000 cash prize, product endorsement deals from P&G, Snapp and Etisalat amongst others. (#Mustbenice)

From day one, you can't deny that she had everything that it takes to be a top model hence it was just fitting for her to emerge as the winner.
Not just a pretty face, the Ugandan model oozes a beautiful strong personality, humility and brains. I had a few questions for the African beauty and she had this to say:

Aamito before Africa's Next Top Model....
I was just a freelance model in Uganda and I used to work at my mother's shop .

That 16 hour drive to Nairobi for auditions. What does that mean to you?

I think I can say it was my turning point. 16 hours on a bus, going to a foreign land without knowing what to expect.

You're only 21, an African beauty and the world is your Oyster....how does that feel?
Obviously , I am thrilled right now, but the best is yet to come.

Winning a coveted prize such as ANTM is a big deal! How do you intend to make the best of this once in a life time platform?

I will use this platform for a greater good. Like I always like to say, it's not about me anymore, it's about the people I represent. I will always try to be the best I can.

How was the experience like at ANTM?

It is an experience I can't put a price tag to. The life lessons, the people I worked and lived with . Everything about ANTM was just splendid.

Was there a point in the competition where you felt, 'I've got this' type of thing?
No , I never felt that at any one time. 

Besides being aesthetically beautiful, you've also got a beautiful personality to match. Do you think this worked in your favour?

Thank you .I think so. You know sometimes u would never know what the judges are looking for. But I think it worked in my favour.

Having tested a bit of Cape Town and now heading fro the mighty NYC, what challenges do models is Uganda face (Given from your perspective and experience)?

There is no professionalism in the modelling industry in Uganda, however I can't blame this on the models only. The fashion industry in Uganda is so small so there is no a lot of jobs, therefore models take modelling as a hobby not a profession.

If you were to meet your 16 year old self, what would you say to her?
Hahaha jeez, I have never given that thought.

Tell us something we don't know about the modelling industry.

It is a jungle where only the strong survive.

If you weren't a model, what other career path would you have taken?
I would be a lawyer.

Your 5 sources of inspiration
Family
Faith and hope
God
Successful people

Your pet peeve?
It would be getting a hug from a sweaty, smelly ,person..

What is your everyday beauty routine?

Cleanse, tone, moisturize

How do you stay in shape?

I walk out and eat right.



Have you had any awkward moments on the runway? If so, please share.

Yes, the piece of cloth they had clipped on me fell off.

Name that one designer you can't wait to strut for while in NYC.

I love Michael Kors , but I also love the other brands like Gucci, Prada, LV and many others.

Apart from living your dreams in NYC, what more can we expect from you?

I will be doing a lot of charities in Africa.

Good luck to our Top Model. We trust her star will continue to shine. 

Follow Aamito on:

Twitter:  Aamito_Lagum

Facebook: Aamito

Photo Credit: Africa's Next Top Model

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