Modelling for men is hard but not as hard as it is for women, I feel like designers have to put in extra work on women because of the nature of the female body especially the curves.
For men however to maintain a certain body type can be quite the journey, but lucky for them there is no pregnancy or periods that bring with them bloated stomach and “sickness”. Models in general have to keep their bodies in shape and basically look the part hoping they will be hired.
That being said, the modelling industry has grown in many ways and many models are able to live of their careers. Here is a list of men who have made it through modelling. You may have seen them gracing different catwalks or even on tv and print media. They also grace fashion /product launches and are common faces in corporate ads including FAFA (Festival or fashions and Arts)
Some of these men stand over 6 feet tall and have graced almost all of the biggest fashion shows within East Africa. Once they got into the lime light they never looked back since then.
Success comes from hard work, patience, commitment, determination and other things. Most successful people do what others are afraid to do and go the extra mile to get what they want.
Here is a list of some of the successful men in the Kenyan entertainment scene.
Larry Madowo is a broadcast journalist, writer, blogger, and describes himself as a technology evangelist.
He is currently Online and Technology Editor and News Anchor at NTV Kenya. He hosts a popular Friday night show #theTrend and NTV Weekend Edition.
His journey to success started at his home Siaya Barding village, he wanted to become a priest initially, then later a lawyer. But he ended up a journalist instead.
At one time, he had to work as a sales man in a supermarket to help pay for his education.
After high school he joined Daystar University after which he joined KTN and worked for 3 years before he moved to NTV where he is currently.
Adrian Wasika DJ Adrian began deejaying as a hobby in 1996 waiting his turn on the turntables when his deejay friend and business partner Pinye was playing.
A good friend of his had bought turn tables but then went out of the country for studies and entrusted his equipment with him. Adrian then used the opportunity to better his skills and start off what would be a budding career.
He started off playing at house parties for friends, birthdays and at local clubs and slowly built a reputation for himself. He later joined Capital FM in 2001 after winning a contest and landed his own show.
He is one of the most accomplished entertainers in Kenya with a career spanning over 13 years. He also owns a DJ academy that nurtures new talent. He still has six shows on Capital FM
Mzee Jalang’o Mwenyewe – Born Felix Odiwour but commonly known to the masses as Jalang’o is one man who is the perfect example of success from rags to riches. Born and raised in Kisumu, Jalang’o had his early primary education up until class 8, after which he dropped out due to lack of school fees.
If you have ever attended any of the events where he is the MC or seen interviews he has done, he acknowledges his humble beginnings and says that he is a graduate from the school of hard knocks. He has lived in various slums and has trecked to Nairobi’s industrial area to seek employment.
He fell in love with acting and would often visit the Kenya National Theatre to try out various roles. It is here that his talent was discovered and together with his friend Kazungu Matano were handed roles on Citizen TV’s Papa Shirandula.
His comic side seemed to open doors for him as he was later involved in various TV ads. With no college or university degree Jalang’o has become one of the highest paid MC /Event organisers in Kenya and is currently the C.E.O of Arena Media. He also hosts the show Jalango with the money on KTN.
Maina Kageni the king of radio has a career spanning over ten years. His first brush with the media life was while he was still a student at Laiser Hill Academy where he was called by Catherine Kasavuli to do a screen test for KTN. He didn’t get the opportunity to work on TV but lady luck seemed to be on his side.
His career on radio started off at Capital Fm in the late 90’s where he worked for three months. He then moved on to Nation FM in 2000 where he worked for a year and a half before joining Kiss FM.
He then later moved on to Classic 105 where he still is years on. Besides radio he is an MC and business man with interests in real estate.
Boasting of every achievement, real or imagined, as if you deserve a Nobel Prize? Check. Total disregard for others’ feelings and concerns? Check. Needing to be the most successful, fascinating and special person in any room you grace with your presence? Check, check, check.
Congratulations, you may be a narcissist … and if so, you’re also more likely to be a dude, according to Dr. Emily Grijalva, a professor at the University at Buffalo School of Management. She just released a three-year review, the first of its kind, that compiles research from half a million subjects, many of them college students.
With what must have been a tremendous tolerance for inflated egos, the researchers examined some of humanity’s least-attractive characteristics — manipulativeness, self-absorption, aggression and arrogance among them — and looked at how people responded to statements that included “If I ruled the world, it would be a much better place” and “I know that I am good because everyone keeps telling me so.”
They then qualified “narcissism” according to three facets: entitlement, leadership/authority and grandiose/exhibitionism. Men scored measurably higher than women in the first two categories and were more likely to agree with phrases like “I like having authority over people” and “I insist upon getting the respect that is due to me.” They were also more likely to exploit others and to believe that they were entitled to special privileges. But there was hardly any deviation between the two genders in the grandiose/exhibitionism category, which includes qualities like vanity and self-absorption.
Higher levels of narcissism have been a helpful adaptation for men, the study said, boosting their self-esteem and emotional stability and making them more likely to take on leadership roles. But it has its drawbacks.
“Narcissism is associated with various interpersonal dysfunctions, including an inability to maintain healthy long-term relationships, unethical behaviour and aggression,” lead author Emily Grijalva, a professor at the University of Buffalo, said in a news release. The study doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already assume, but it is the first systematic review to back up the magnitude of gender stereotypes with actual data, according to Grijalva. It also looks into why those stereotypes exist in the first place.
“Individuals tend to observe and learn gender roles from a young age, and may face backlash for deviating from society’s expectations,” Grijalva said. “In particular, women often receive harsh criticism for being aggressive or authoritative, which creates pressure for women, more so than for men, to suppress displays of narcissistic behaviour.”
Stereotypes about the way men and women exhibit entitlement and leadership can be self-perpetuating, the study argued. For example, women score lower on the leadership/authority facet, meaning that they are less likely to wind up in leadership roles. But the resulting lack of female leaders could then reinforce the idea that women are worse leaders and less authoritative, pushing women to suppress those aspects of themselves to conform to gender expectations.
“For a woman who has deeply internalized a feminine gender identity, endorsing gender-stereotypical occupational preferences might be a mechanism used to avow her femininity to herself and to others,” the study said. The study did include one piece of good news: Neither female nor male college students are any more narcissistic now than they were in 1990.