Ajuma Nasenyana Biography: Age, Family, Education, Marriage, Career, Fashion Icon, Business, Philanthropy

From an athletics champ in Kenya to becoming an international model.

By  | Jun 25, 2020, 04:00 PM  | Ajuma Nasenyana  | Top of The

Ajuma Nasenyana is one of Kenya's top models who has worked with designers such as Victoria Secret and Carlos Mienes. 

Growing up, Ajuma Nasenyana was bullied about her skin tone and as a result, she struggled with self-love and expressing herself. Ajuma Nasenyana has mentioned in previous interviews that she had felt ugly due to what society perceives as beauty. 

Since getting into the limelight, Ajuma Nasenyana has ensured that children are not suppressed through what society calls beauty and has affirmed that dark is beautiful.

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Ajuma Nasenyana's story tells us that instead of attempting to alter who you are, rather embrace it and let it work for you. 

The multitalented Ajuma Nasenyana isn’t only a former athlete and a model - she is an amazing mother to her two sons. 

Ajuma Nasenyana Age


Ajuma Nasenyana was born on the 14th of January in 1985. She is 35-years-old.

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Ajuma Nasenyana Education


Ajuma Nasenyana studied at prestigious Greensteds International School. She attended through a scholarship with a non-governmental organisation from Lodwar. 

Ajuma Nasenyana Marriage


Ajuma Nasenyana is married to Gustavo Ericson.

They met when Ajuma Nasenyana was only 15-years-old at the time and Gustavo was 17-years-old.

They have been together since their teens and they are blessed with two sons. Their first son, Elliot was born in 2010 and their second son, Willow was born in 2016.

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Ajuma Nasenyana Career


Ajuma is a multitalented former athlete and a model who aims to keep flying the Kenyan flag.

During her interview with Africa Fashion International, she was asked,

"You recently walked the catwalk at AFI’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT), what did you love most about the experience?"

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"It was like a wonderful reunion with the amazing AFI team since I had not been back for Fashion Week in South Africa for a few years. They are great people and I consider them friends and I’m always well taken care of. Deon Redman, you are such an amazing producer, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, you are my Idol. Also, it is always thrilling, being part of the movement driving the African fashion industry."

She is a firm believer in uplifting the models in Africa and through her hard work, she is closer to her dreams as an entrepreneur. 

Athletics

Kenyans are widly known to be some of the fastest runners in the world. Ajuma Nasenyana went into training for the 400 metres and 800 metre-track running.

She won the World Junior Championship National Trials (WJCT) in 2002 as she took the third position.  

Modelling 

After athletics, Ajuma Nasenyana ventured into modelling as she already had the height, body and beauty for representing her hometown. This was the year after she participated at the WJCT in 2002.

She participated in the Miss Tourism Kenya competition in 2003, and Ajuma Nasenyana was crowned Miss Nairobi. It was through this competition that she was noticed by Lyndsey McIntyre of Surazuri Modeling Agency.

Shortly after, Gamma Photo Agency decided to visit Kenya. They fell in love with Ajuma Nasenyana’s look and she became the main focus on their scouting work. Their work in Kenya later ran in France's Gala magazine where she was on the cover page.

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After Gamma Photo Agency’s trip to Kenya, they compiled a portfolio for the supermodel they had just discovered. They presented the Ajuma Nasenyana to the international agency Ford Models, who entered her in Ford's Supermodel of the World competition which was taking place in New York City. 

Ajuma Nasenyana then left Kenya for Europe in November 2003 to build her portfolio prior to the Supermodel competition finals. This was an a lifetime opportunity for her where she got to sign with agencies in London, Italy, Austria, Spain, Ireland, Canada and Sweden.

After the competition, Ajuma Nasenyana became the talk of the fashion streets. She again participated in the New York Fashion Week alongside Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek.

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She collaborated with designers such as Baby Phat and Carlos Mienes. This as before she travelled to Milan to model for a different fashion house during the Italian Fashion Week. 

Ajuma Nasenyana’s final destination was Paris in 2013 where she participated in the winter show season and collaborated with the British designer, Vivienne Westwood who made her the lead model for her show.

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Since then, people started following the work of the amazing Ajuma Nasenyana. She has worked with several agencies and companies on a number of projects. These include a video shoot she had for Lacoste and a catalogue shoot for Issey Miyake.

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Ajuma Nasenyana Fashion Icon


With her career in modelling, Ajuma Nasenyana, her pictures are nothing short of amazing and she definitely owns her throne like the queen she is. 

Here's a few times Ajuma Nasenyana has shown that black is beautiful.

Even in a painting she still looks fab

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Black is beautiful

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She is a proud Kenyan woman
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Looking good in that blue suit

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Own your walk on that runway

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Always representing Africa

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Ajuma Nasenyana Business


Ajuma took her fame alongside with the development of different business models to make sure that young girls are uplifted in order to get comfortable with who they are.

In 2013, Ajuma Nasenyana became the founder and director of City Models Africa in Nairobi.  Ajuma Nasenyana saw the opportunity to grow Africa's modelling industry and she partnered with City Models Paris to open Africa’s first international model and casting agency. The aim of their business is to ensure that they start putting African models on international runways and spotlights.

“Like any other career, there are ups and downs but modelling is a lot of fun. There is a fun part to it. You make really good friends, you travel a lot. Big designers looking for you, it’s really exciting,” she says.

She believes that there is a  potential in Nairobi and through her agency, she will be able to help those who can make international cuts. Their key focus is commercial modelling due to Kenya’s underdeveloped fashion industry. 

Ajuma Nasenyana advised that models must be ready to embrace hard work, insane working hours and learn how to live and cope with rejection.

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She encourages models not to give up but focus on their ultimate goals in life.

Ajuma Nasenyana Philanthropy


Ajuma Nasenyana is the founder of the Ajuma Foundation.

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The foundation is focused on maternal health in Turkana. The foundation also work with empowering young girls and providing them with the amenities that they cannot afford.

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According to Ajuma Nasenyana, one is most likely to end up where they are going and so applies with modelling. She will keep doing what she loves, which is help other up-coming models in Kenya, with hopes that she can expand her business to other African countries.


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