Kindly tell us about yourself.
Hello, my name is Alma Kaghai, I am a professional model, a voice over artist, a fashion enthusiast, an event organizer and upcoming female activist
How have you been this past year?
The past year was the most difficult year that I have had to handle in my life. It was tough, financially, health wise and also career wise. When corona happened it happened, it was unexpectedly and being a photoshoot model, that really affected my career which resulted in me taking a small break because my career is more effective physically as compared to online. So, I was greatly affected mentally since it was a hard thing for me to adjust and it really affected me in terms of productivity. That resulted in me taking a 6-8 months break. All I can say is that, that phase of my life is over and everything is going on well.
Your career seems to really take a peek, talk to us about it.
All thanks to God my career is taking a peek. Coming from a very rough year taught me about trusting God and putting him first believing that everything happens for a reason. Every day became a space for self-improvement. I learnt the art of putting myself out there trusting in my own art, I became my number one fan and marketer of my own work.
You appeared on the NTV morning show on the 31st march, talk to us about it.
It happened so abruptly, and I was glad it did because I have had this passion for radio and tv hosting. Actually, a friend hit me up and told me there was an interview on NTV and I was actually fit for it, so I went and coincidentally the host of the show is my personal friend and upon seeing me he was, “it is nice of you being here.” Putting myself up there has always had opportunities looking for me.
Your new set of photos, what inspired the theme?
My new set of photos is something I have wanted to work on for a very long time and coming from a long break of almost one year, you can imagine the kind of creativity. So, sat down last December and invited over a friend who is great in fashion. We sat down and shared my ideas and she did some improvements. Trust me it wasn’t easy since we had to involve ourselves financially, choose a suitable location, get the perfect photographer and it actually took three months, and at one point I felt like giving up because it was too expensive for me but my friend was always there for me. Thank you so much, Milly. The inspiration behind the theme was we wanted to come up with something different, something unique.
What is your plan for this year, matters career?
My plans for this year are that I want to take part in a very big pageantry which I won’t reveal, I am really working on that, I am training and it will be a surprise to everyone. My second plan for this year is I set a financial goal for the year and target to open a small clothesline which is going to lead on to my bigger goal which is fashion. Finally, I want to get into radio fully and I am proud to admit that I am almost done with my Bachelor’s degree in Jkuat.
You spoke about losing a lot of weight last year, it being a really dark phase on your posts, do you mind talking to us about it?
Yes, I am really proud of talking about things I have gone through because eventually, it helps people. Losing weight was brought about by a condition that I haven’t had before caused by hormonal imbalance, which doesn’t have a specific medication. Through that phase, I lost a lot of weight and went through some changes that I would go to broadly during this interview. This condition almost took everything that I was, became so antisocial, and developed antisocial behavior. So, I decided to take a break for a while and find out what was happening to my body. Move away and take time, that’s the best thing that you can do for yourself. It is okay not to be okay.
What is your take on mental health?
It is simple. Depending on what I have gone through I decided to make it my main goal. I would really wish it was incorporated into our syllabus since it is something that we haven’t been so much open with. What I can tell people is that take time and get yourself into the right mental state. How you may ask, here are some few tips that I have learnt: spend a lot of time reflecting about yourself, enjoy some alone time, understand your own desires, know your strengths and weaknesses, understand your personality to not succumb to peer pressure, work on your finances so that you won’t have to stress anyone about them and always have a backup plan and finally the most important one is always making yourself a priority.
What is the most memorable moment you have had on the cat walk?
Being a leader has helped me get to where I am and most people look up to me as a role model. The most memorable moment is being crowned as queen of catwalk Kenya and working as a role model to upcoming models in Kenya.
Your network is your net worth, what is your thought on the same?
My take on this is to unlock the hidden power of connections, wealth success, and happiness. The people you choose to network with will help you in building ideas and making wise decisions not leaving behind that they will introduce you to greater opportunities.
Finally, what is independence for you?
For me, independence means the ability to enjoy my alone time, to utilize this time to care for myself, to learn new skills, and to focus on my own improvements. Mainly it is the ability to stand on your own and not necessarily leaning on others for validation, come up with your own decisions with not much pressure from friends.
The gender battle on femininity and masculinity that costed Shafi Weru his job, would you like to comment about it?
My first question is, do we really want to talk about it day in day out? The answer is obviously no. Do we want to become each other’s enemies? The answer is also no. Each one of us has got a responsibility to be our sister and brother’s keeper. If intentions are not pure with this person don’t proceed and hurt them. For us ladies, we should be responsible and smart. Let not us be lured by peer pressure and social media to achieve big things that will end up costing us our lives. For men, learn the art of consent, when a lady says no or says maybe, do not proceed to violence.