Since the time most of us came to know Aamito Stacie Lagum as the cycle 1 winner of Oluchi’s Africa’s Next Top Model (ANTM), she has been on a never-ending roll on the international circuit. (Seriously!)
The 5’11 black-haired beauty with a rather striking and captivating appearance has taken the fashion world by storm by not only winning the first-ever ANTM and a DNA contract, but also being named by style.com as one of the top 12 new models dominating the 2015 NYFW runway. Needless to say, the outstanding model has also gone ahead to take on major roles in the fashion industry in the Marc Jacobs Resort 2016 show, Marc Jacobs F/W 2015, Marc Jacobs’ F/W15 advertising campaign (Yes! The same one with Cher and Willow Smith!), Max Mara Resort 2016 Show, Boss Resort 2016 Show, and so many other editorials and fashion advertising jobs, not to forget being the face of the first ever, Kampala Fashion Week 2014.
Much has been said about Aamito, understandably considering the fact that she has proven herself to be an outstanding model in her new career. What do we get to learn from her experience though? For one who has made a splash in a highly competitive career, she’s the typical “zero-to-100-real-quick” testimonial.
Let’s face it, the girl’s got some unbreakable spirit. We all know the modelling industry Uganda boasts of , it is understandable why Aamito is such a fuss. The stereotypical beauty in this country of ours is indeed a pretty face with curves (the big butt-small waist kinda vibe) and such interpretations have infiltrated the modelling scene in Kampala today (Not that I have a problem with it). But Aamito with her distinct features is not the norm.
That aside her determination and zeal is impeccable. To take a twelve hour bus ride from Kampala to Nairobi chasing what could only be described as a dream, without any support other than that from a skeptical mother and thereafter emerging as a winner of ANTM is in itself, inspiring.
So she did dream, and but it’s also very evident that she’s worked hard over the past year to keep the dream alive…and she still is. Her fast rising career is a true nod to her utmost professionalism and dedication.
Another thing to marvel at is Aamito’s humility. She is only 22, and is working with world-renown designers and stylists. Models.com describes her as majestic and statuesque with the ability to captivate brands like Giles, Bottega Veneta, Hermès, Lanvin and Balenciaga with her arresting gaze and indisputable beauty. With such an “impressive roster [for her first season], Aamito handled [herself] with grace.” This is not your run-off-the-mill ordinary girl in her 20s, and we’re proud of her and maybe one day we’ll get to personally profile her here. For now, Viva AAMITO!