Simon Mwai has been a force to recon with in the Kenyan Fashion Industry,he has been on countless runways,magazine spreads and commercials.And he is not about to stop.Its just the beginning.
Tell us about yourself.What are some of your main interests and hobbies?
My name is Simon Mwai born and raised in Nairobi, I went to Weithaga boys high school and later to join East Africa School of Media Studies in a diploma in journalism and communication where I am now undertaking a degree in the same. My interests are TV production, film, photography as well as writing. During my leisure time I enjoy swimming, playing table tennis and catching a good movie in the theaters.
What’s your background in modelling? When did you get started?
I started modelling about a year ago, while in college, it was through a friend who received a text about an audition so she told me to try it out and the rest is history. It has been purely for adventure and the love of fashion.
Who are some of your favorite models and designers?
I have had the pleasure of interacting and working with, a lot of Kenyan models most of who are my friends. My favorite international model is David Grandy. My favorite Kenyan designers are John Kaveke, Nick Ondu and Wambui mukenyi. Internationally, Zarkary Solomon, Paledi Segapo they all have unique ways of showing where they are from by capitalizing on local designs, materials and culture.
Which fashion magazines, websites, blogs, and catalogs do you visit most often?
My favorite magazines are: couture Africa, Men’s Health and The Drum Magazine.
Who are some of your favorite fashion photographers?
Emmanuel Jambo, Sebastian Wanzalla, Ace Maich, Don Paul and Thandiwe Muriu.
What’s your fashion mantra?
Money can’t buy you style. How you put your outfits together is all that maters.
How would you describe your style?
My style is simple but trendy. I am very keen on details so no room for fashion mistakes.
What other modelling projects have you done?
I have had the pleasure of appearing on the Tusker project fame 6 billboard and a Guinness TV commercial. On the high fashion side, I graced the runways of: Kenya fashion week, FAFA 2012, Nairobi fashion week, Casino Malindi fashion show and many more.
What makes Nairobi’s fashion unique?
Nairobi’s fashion is bold bright and has an urban touch to it, making it unique.
What do you dislike about modelling?
The stereotype that all male models are gay. I also hate the fact that modelling in Kenya still attracts poor pay and wanting standards.
How has modelling changed other aspects of your life?
Modelling has made me a better time keeper, interacted with different cultures that i have borrowed a few traits as well as brew an interest in photography.
What advice do you have for other aspiring models?
Be pro-active self-driven, humble and disciplined.
Photo credit: eye-con photography, Thandiwe Muriu Photography, Pixcalibah & Don Paul