At first glance, you wouldn’t guise Eunice Kamauis an up-and-coming model and a holder of several beauty titles. Sure she is beautiful but the aura and demeanor usually associated with models is not clearly evident in Eunice.
But beneath the self-effacing character is woman that is determined, principled and one who takes victories in stride. Recently crowned as Miss University Kenya and the current holder of Miss Kenyatta University, Eunice shares how she was pushed into modeling and why she won’t pose for condom and alcohol products.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a tender, diplomatic, God-fearing lady with a passion for children. I was brought up in humble family with two of my siblings. I am sandwiched between an elder brother and younger sister.
Word is that you are a born-again Christian?
Yes! (She smiles). I am actually the chairlady of the youth brigade at our local church. I have also been brought up in church. My parents are very religious and spiritual.
How do you balance between your faith and the pressure in the industry?
It’s overwhelmingly hardsometimes but I try. There are many things I can’t do because of my faith. I have to set boundaries. Of course this comes with challenges especially from the promoters but I have to stay put. God helps keep the balance. Like I can’t advertise condoms no matter how good the intention is. I believe in abstinence. I also can’t feature in an alcoholic-related advert.
When did you start Modeling and what gave you inspiration?
In high school (Kijabe Girls), I was the reigning Miss Kijabe for two consecutive years. My friends always told me I would make a good model but I brushed them off. One day, I gathered confidence and attended auditions. When I joined KU, my timidity seemed to get back. But the friends again pressured me and in my fourth year I attempted it and made it. I draw inspiration From God and friends.
How do your parents feel about you modeling? Have they been supportive?
No, not at first. (She giggles), Daddy used to complain that I am asking for extra cash to facilitate my modeling fantasy yet other kids needs support too. My mother felt it was a distraction to my education. My grandpa, whom I am very close to, used to mediate between me and my parents. But there attitude has changed now. They trust me as I have proved to be mature.
Tell us about the journey to winning the Miss University Kenya
It started last year on 22nd December all the way to 7th Feb 2013. We were subjected to engaging rehearsals and training all along. Apart from beauty assessment, we were also trained and judged on talent, personality, discipline and courtesy. The whole thing was very resourceful and eye-opening.
How did you reach out to your fans to vote for you?
I must confess that I am very poor in social media. I dont even have a twitter account. This of course cost me a lot of votes but I made it up in other areas.
Did you expect to win? Was it a surprise?
I’d say both. Though I was more than happy to win it, there was a deep down conviction in me that gave me confidence of winning.
Your will be representing Kenya at Miss University Africa. Tell us about that.
Am looking forward to it. It will be held in Lagos, Nigeria. Of course am nervous as it will be my first flying out of the country but am glad how things have turned out
You say that you love children. Is that the social responsibility you intend to pursue?
Yes. In fact I am already working with Majimazuri International Centre Mwiki, a home for children’s with disability. I intend to build my work on this and even open up children’s homes n future.
What’s your take on campus relationships?
I have nothing against them, but in most of them, one of the couples is selfishly after something.
Are you in a relationship yourself? Its the month of love remember?
hahaha… yes I am. I have a boyfriend of three years. He is also a student.
Any word of advice for aspiring models?
Believe in yourself, do it the best of your ability and be God fearing
Anything is possible; everything is possible if you have the will and determination to get what you want.
By Wilson Manyuira and George Ashioya