Mombasa’s former miss Kenya joins to condemn cartels in modelling industry

Miss world Kenya 2006 title holder Shamilla Khadija Kiptoo PHOTO COURTESY

The past week has been quite a tough one for modeling agencies.

This was after several high profile models opened up on the tribulations they go through in the industry viewed by many as glamorous.

It all started when an email leaked of models being told they would be compensated with food and transport after participating in a video shoot by award-winning boy band Sauti sol.

The email sparked outrage among netizens and this forced Sauti Sol to apologize but not before other models could speak of their ugly encounters in the industry.

Former Miss Machakos county Kenya Sheila Kanini without leaving anything to chance, went ahead to call out industry bigwigs such as True love magazine and Style industries which manufactures darling hair for exploiting her modeling career.

Mombasa born Shamilla who represented Kenya in the miss world beauty pageant in Warsaw Poland in 2006 and even managed to scoop the 3rd runners-up position in the best-dressed designer’s award joined in the movement to reveal why she left the industry.

Shamilla who is quite outspoken joined her colleagues in calling out cartels who she say have destroyed the industry.

“Sasa, the same agents I used to see on pulse magazine in secondary school are still the same ones in the industry and I’m now 32…
Same ppl who owe me money, same ppl who had no shame in saying ninaringa na k**a yangu na hakuna international modeling itanifikisha….Studios became brothels.” Shamilla wrote.

Shamilla who is currently married to former MCSK boss Maurice Okoth currently runs her own beauty company Shammy organics