Ajuma Nasenyana fashion model
August 16, 1984
5 ft 10 in | 178 cm
34-24-35 in | 86-61-89 cm
54 kg | 119 pounds
9.5 US | 41 EU
Ajuma Nasenyana was born in Lodwar, Turkana, Kenya, on August 16, 1984, is an Kenyan supermodel. She was discovered at the age of 19, by Lyndsey McIntyre of Surazuri Modeling Agency, at Miss Tourism Kenya competition in 2003, where she was crowned Miss Nairobi.
She walked for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2006.
Became a face of Marc Jacobs in 2009.
She was named Africa Fashion Week Model of the Year 2012.
She is married to Gustav, they have two children.
Lives in London.
She appeared in short fantasy film To Catch a Dream (2015) in role as Ajuma.
She played Rift Valley Lady in comedy TV series Oh-Bama in episodes: Gathering Evidence (2016) and Welcome to the Jungle (2016).
Appeared in fashion magazines Dazed & Confused, W magazine, Elle USA, Vanidad Spain.
Vivienne Westwood Gold Label, Target, Marc Jacobs and Nolita.
Walked runway for Giambattista Valli, Vivienne Westwood, Akris, Alessandro De Benedetti, Antonio Marras, Issey Miyake, Just Cavalli, Haider Ackermann, Diane von Furstenberg, Rick Owens, Diesel, Viktor & Rolf.
Represented by agencies Paris City Models and Antwerp Jill Models Management.
I was living with my mother in a traditional Turkana mud hut in the far north of Kenya. I was known as Nancy Ajuma Nasanyana then. It was thanks to my mother, who was the first woman to receive an education in Turkana, that I too had received an excellent education in Nairobi.
...it seems that the world is conspiring in preaching that there is something wrong with Kenyan ladies' kinky hair and dark skin... Their leaflets are all about skin lightening, and they seem to be doing good business in Kenya. It just shocks me. It's not OK for a Caucasian to tell us to lighten our skin... I have never attempted to change my skin. I am natural. People in Europe and America love my dark skin. But here in Kenya, in my home country, some consider it not attractive.
When you flip through fashion magazines like Vogue and only see white models, then you get the feeling on what is happening to black models. It is not fair.