It felt really good when I got my contract with Maybelline. I was kind of in shock because there’s not really a lot of people that I look up to in the makeup world. There’s Lupita but that’s about one in a million. So to be the kind of girl that can represent so many women with short hair and dark skinned women, I was in tears and I was amazed. It was also kind of like a little bit of pressure because it’s such a high responsibility. Ever since I became a Maybelline girl, a lot of young girls, they’re coming up to me and they’re asking me, ‘oh my God, now I feel beautiful. How do you deal with people making fun of you for your dark skin and your short hair?’ It took a lot of years to get here. A lot of tears, but I pulled through and now I’m here.
I was born in Tanzania and I grew up in Canada. I moved here like three years ago. I’ve been with Maybelline for two years now.
All I have to say is, if you have a dream and you want to accomplish something, don’t let anyone tell you, you cannot do something because there are so many people that have told me, ‘how many people do you see on TV that are black and that have short hair.’
I never thought I could do Maybelline and Victoria Secret and here I am, I’m walking the runway for Victoria Secret. You can do anything you put your mind to.