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Saturday, January 18, 2014 

Ugandan model 1st Africa’s Next Top Model

KAMPALA, UGANDA - The modeling industry in Uganda will carry with it, not just an air of prestige, but also great respect. This is after Stacie Aamito, a Ugandan model, won the continental modelling completion in which she beat other 11 contestants becoming the first ever Africa’s Next Model.

Aamito’s great zeal, determination and hard work, coupled with the great support that she received from her fans and friends down here in Kampala was overwhelming. From the constant social media campaigns, and following, to the screening of the show, aired on Africa Magic Entertainment on the finale night, the girl had all the support, and courage she needed to win.

At a free screening at Club Rouge that was attended by friends, fans, fellow models, and the entire team from the Joram Model Management where she was previously signed, the anxiety, on not just Aamito’s face, but also on those of the other two girls wasn’t hard to miss.

Africa’s Next Top Model is a brainchild of the Nigerian super model, who won the M-Net Face of Africa competition in 1998. The show debuted on November, 10 2013, with 12 contestants. Her victory can be credited to her great consistence, throughout the show. Many of the photo shoots she did were exceptional, and always had a very natural element about them. From the underwater nymphs shoot, to the oversized suit photo shoot, it was evident to see that Aamito had great command of the camera.

After her victory in the grand finale, Aamito is surely destined for greatness in the modelling world. Her win came with $50,000 (about Shs125m). Modelling contract: She has been signed on a one year deal with Oluchi Onweagba’s DNA Modelling Agency.

Brand endorsements: Her win came with an endorsment deal for Snapp (an alcoholic beverage) and she will also be brand ambassador for P&G, a manufacturer of product ranges including personal care, household cleaning, laundry detergents and prescription drugs. 

Africa’s Next Top Model is a franchise format of America’s Next Top Model, a television franchise that was created by American Supermodel Tyra Banks, and hosted by Supermodel Oluchi.

Born in December 3, 1993, Aamito started her path to modeling at the age of 16 with Arapapa Models and has since represented a number of agencies in Uganda. She has worked for a number of renowned designers like Sylvia Owori, Santa Anzo, Gloria Wavamunno, Ras Kasozi and Adele Dejak. Aamito is currently signed to Joram Model Management, another modelling agency in Uganda.


By WInnie Mandela, Saturday, January 18th, 2014