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This 15-Year Old Kenyan Is Killing The Global Fashion Shows


People with Kenyan roots are making their mark all over the world.

You thought you had heard about them all? Not yet. A 15-year-old US-born Kenyan teen by the name if Imari Karanja is already killing it in the global fashion industry

According to a feature by Jambo Newspot, Imari was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2001. Her mum Vivian Kiarie, a Kenyan, urged her to get into modeling since she saw the qualities in her, specifically her height.

After a string of auditions, Imari got signed by Metropolitan Modelling Agency in Paris in 2016.

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Image: Metropolitan Models

Imari ended up getting her first walk on the runway at the 2017 New York Fall Fashion week. From there on, her star began to rise.

In an interview about Imari, her mum said:

“It still hasn’t sunk in yet for me with her reception in the fashion industry, especially the quality of shows she got accepted to.It’s very hard to do Prada, Marc Jacobs and Dior as your first shows.”

After appearing at the New York show, Imari went on to cat-walk for another show by Prada in Milan. In the Paris fashion week, she also walked for Christian Dior, Loewe, Giambattista valli and Hermes.

However, her parents feel she should be a part-time model at least for now because she has school.

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Image: Metropolitan Models

She is set to do her first show as a full-time model at the New York Spring Fashion Week 2018.

Her parents are said to always accompany her to the shows. And the best part of it all is that the agencies she works for have promised to provide a plane ticket plus hotel accommodation and a backstage pass for one parent at all the shows she appears in.

Bigger things are definitely coming for Imari. Salute to all the parents who identify their children’s talents and special qualities early and encourage them to be the best at what they do.