Cynthia Mueni is a 20 year old creative based in Nairobi, Kenya and a 4th year student at the University of Nairobi.
Unlike most people who developed an interest in their careers at a young age, Cynthia took to modeling only quite recently. She began modeling in 2017, before then she never really gave credence to it as a career path for her, she says.
This would change when she began to feature for Kenyan style photographer Shem Obara as his muse. Their collaboration has garnered a following online, noted for its unique combination of street photography, poise urban styling and eccentric poses.
“Modeling has provided me a platform for me to express my style inspirations. I believe style is an attitude. It is about being you…”
NSPK: What’s your typical day like as a fashion creative/entrepreneur?
CKAY: A day in my life is pretty basic (especially because I am not a supermodel or super fashion creative yetJ). A glimpse of my typical day would be me juggling between pure hustle and bustle of the day and evening classes to end the day. Definitely not glamorous as some people would think
NSPK: Tell us about the source(s) of inspiration for your personal style?
CKAY: For my career. I always rely on social media for inspiration in my work. I prefer Instagram and Pinterest.
NSPK: What do you hope to communicate when you assemble pieces for your daily looks? Is there any message behind it?
CKAY: Your style speaks for you
NSPK: Tell us about the most common remark(s) you get about your personal style?
CKAY: Most common remark is; unakaa poa. Which is Swahili for you look good.
NSPK: How do you rekindle your passion for your work when you are feeling unmotivated?
CKAY: I take a creative break
NSPK: If you could change one thing right now about your industry what would it be?
CKAY: My main focus would be African fashion industry. What I would change is westernization, try and make people embrace African culture… I am affected as well. Lol
1. Twitter or IG? – IG
2. Notepad or eWriter? – Notepad
3. Coffee or Tea? – Coffee
4. Read a book or Listen to podcast? –Read a book
5. Comfort or Fashionable? – Fashionable
6. Current song on replay? – Niambieby Xenia
7. Favorite TV show of all time? – Family Guy
8. Idea for a perfect date? – Idea of a perfect date is one where you want to see that person again
9. Favourite perfume/makeup brand? – Elizabeth Arden, 5th Avenue
10. If you had to wear one fashion brand for the rest of your life, who? – Balmain