Jennifer Waridi, current Miss Tourism Lamu county is nurturing talent in the region through her company, Trevor Empire
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T tell us who you are, where you come from and what are you doing currently.
My name is Jennifer Waridi from Lamu county, Lamu West Constituency. I am 23 years old and I am keen on following in the footsteps of Hollywood star, Lupita Nyong’o.
I did my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams in 2009 at Waa Girls High School and later joined Mt Kenya University to pursue a Journalism and Mass Communication course. Currently, I’m engaged in a number of initiatives in Lamu to help youth realise their full potential.
What inspired you to go into modelling?
I am a born-again Christian and what inspired is the fact that I want to set a new pace and change the negative perception about the career.
I am advocating for clean modelling whereby anybody regardless of their religion, tribe or race can participate without exposing their bodies, taking nude pictures or sleeping around with judges so that they can emerge the winner. We should all take part and ensure we change this bad perception and accept changes for the sake of our future generation.
Did you always want to be a model?
I was never into modelling. I loved taking photos and people often used to tell me I should try it as a career. In 2014, I joined Azuri, a photography company, and started going for photo shoots and when Miss Tourism Auditions came calling I decided to give it a go and I won. The rest is history, as they say, but the results were amazing and it opened my mind to many opportunities.
How has modelling changed your life?
The best thing about modelling is that it has given me an opportunity to dine with kings and queens. Through modelling and becoming Miss Tourism, Lamu county has given me that VIP status and enabled me to travel to almost all 42 counties to do worthy cause. Since getting into modelling, I have done a lot of community projects and initiatives with much ease.
What are some of the projects you are currently engaged in?
I’m doing a lot of projects in Lamu, first one being Boy Child Challenge Initiative. This is a project I started to help young men in Lamu county to stay away from drugs, homosexuality and stay in school.
I also have Lamu Go Green Initiative to sensitise and create awareness on the importance of having a green environment. Through this initiative we want to plant 50,000 trees every year.
What else do you do apart from modelling?
I am an actor, journalist as well as an artiste. Being a model has never denied me the opportunity to act and do my own stuff.
We are working on a TV series to be released soon and it will be aired in one of our local TV channels. In that series I’m playing the bad girl role, that’s why you see me here today in short unkempt hair. But in real life, I’m not a bad girl, I’m born again.
Three things that people don’t know about you?
First, I have never tasted beer or any other liquor. Number two; I don’t have an ex-boyfriend because my current one is the only boy I have dated. I’m a bornagain model and working hard every single day to live the best, pure and transparent life.
What’s your hobby?
I love swimming; you’ll always find me in swimming pools whenever I’m free. I also like serving those living with disability in the society. I believe that it is the duty of each one of us to serve the community in various levels regardless of our economic status.