So Kindly tell us, Who is Faith Kandie, where is she from? And what was it like growing up as a kid? Faith Kandie is a student at Maseno University, studying a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Community Development with Information Technology. I come from Nakuru county, where I was born and raised. Growing up was in Kabarak, Nakuru where I live till today. Growing up was great since I grew up in a police Barrack next to the late president’s Moi residence at Kabarak, where my mum worked as a secretary to the late Mzee Daniel Arap Moi. Living in the police barracks was fun because we lived and still lived together as a community.
What made you want to become a model? Inspiration from my friends and family who started calling me model while in high school increased my zeal. Thanks to them, I realized my potential.
What was going through your mind when you did your first shoot? The questions on my mind were . Will I make it? . Was I fit to become a model? . How should I pose? It was a scary experience.
As a child who did you look up to in the fashion industry and modelling industry? Naomi Campbell and Lupita Nyong’o are my icons.
Who is your favourite designer? I like the work of Evelyne Adongo. She designs clothing that can be worn in any event.
What was your parent’s reaction when you told them about your modelling ambitions and were they supportive? My mum was very supportive; however, my late father was a religious person, and he did not like such exposure until I was featured on pulse magazine.
As a model, what are some of the Challenges you go through? Getting a gig needs “connections”. Nakuru has few modelling jobs; hence some managers take advantage of the situation. I once found my photos marketing an individual agency without my consent which was quite a bad experience.
What do you love most about Modelling? I was getting to meet new people and their works. Every exposure has a new learning experience and learning from each other, which is a whole new experience.
How do you cope under pressure? I am quite good at procrastinating, so I work best under pressure.
Apart from modelling what else do you do? I am a student at Maseno University. During holidays I also volunteer to work with NGO’S, orphanages, and at women rescue centres. I have worked with the following institutions: Starting with one Kenya NGO that helps the less fortunate by building schools, distribution of filters, distribution of food amongst others. I have also worked with JIMMIA women rescue Centre and SCAN Street children orphanage.
What beauty tips do you swear by? The use of natural products such as aloe vera and mwarubaini and black soap has significantly worked on my skin.
What are some of the item you always have on you, items you never leave the house without? I am typically a natural person I only apply make up for an event or gig; however, a must-have for me is Nivea lip balm.
As a model, what advice would you give to a young boy or girl with similar ambitions? Modelling takes time for you to achieve your dreams, so all you need is patience and always look for a side hustle and not to solemnly depend on Modelling.
You’ve been featured in a pretty big Magazine; how did you feel and in what way has it positively impacted your career? It has helped me meet celebrities build my career as I started being invited for events.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I plan to move to Nairobi so that I achieve my dreams of featuring in advertisements and billboards. I also see myself having started a family.
We all know the modelling industry isn’t all Roses, have you ever found yourself in a comprising situation where you had to choose between your career as a model and your self-dignity, and how did you deal with it? I was invited to feature as a video vixen, but when I got there, I realized that the celebrity was taking advantage of the models in the show, so I decided to forgo, and I left the event. I value my dignity, and I advise other models that they should not fall into such traps for a gig.
What’s your take on modelling agencies and do you have one, an Agent? I am currently in INVOGUE agency, and I was introduced by the TV presenter Martin Kimathi. There are so many opportunities with this agency, however, due to distance challenges I have not been able to attend, that’s why I plan to relocate to Nairobi once I’m done with my studies
What would you like to tell your colleagues in the modelling industry? a. Modelling takes time to build your career; thus, you need to be patient. b. Maintain dignity and never be desperate for fame you need to earn your work c. Vetting of agencies should be done as I was in several agencies before I settled for INVOGUE, and some took advantage of using me as a model in advertisements. Still, they neither sought my consent, nor was I paid for it.