Five Thoughts on The Kenyan Fashion Industry.

(Photographer @Tenza_photography)

1. A photographer My name is Gonzanga Gonza. I’m a 20 year old second year Design student at The University of Nairobi and a fashion and architectural photographer.

From a young age i was a visual artist and i would have the wildest of images in my head and I honestly didn’t know how to showcase them as i was not the best when it came to drawing but i made an effort however it really stressed me.

It is later on in life that I realized videography that pushed me towards photography where i was able to showcase and recreate the things in my head.

On getting into photography i curved towards fashion because of it’s unique nature where people showcased what they wanted the public to see which is not necessarily what the public would like to see.

The uniqueness of the fashion industry is what has really pushed for the growth of the industry as the public is getting more and more interested in this unique form of expression.

Fashion to me is a strong statement, a form of art in its own unique expression of dressing style and class. Fashion as well goes hand in hand with the current social trends around us. The more fashionable individual will often be more recognized,looked up to and  respected thus also a status symbol and show of power and authority.

It is because of this that fashion is highly looked up to across the world as no one 
In Kenya the fashion industry is still growing where we are finally seeing professional designers coming up with their own statements and uniqueness as compared to a few years ago where we did not have any basis for the fashion industry forcing the entire public into the “Kitenge” culture /African print and the Maasai culture which is the only tradition we could cling to and which i think was highly overdone.

Our fashion industry is also growing really slowly as Kenyans won’t buy Kenya and would rather buy internationally established brands or alternatively go for “cheaper “ mtumba clothes hence killing the local fashion industry.

This hustle spreads from the designers, models and even I as a photographer as people are not willing to support their local industry.

Skeptical old fashion parents will also not want their kids moving with fashion as they consider it unethical. 

It is only years to come that our local fashion industry be appreciated accepted and funded to continue contributing to change for the better of our local fashion industry

Model (@Tanashadonna)

( Gonza is a renown kenyan photographer ,who’s special touch on photos and Modeling themes make him a preferred photographer for many models, above are a sample of his most recent work)


Stuart Jeffriesse

Model @( ebony_africa )

We lack structures and infrastructure to experience maximum creativity like it is in the west. We as models need properly funded management structures, this is a whole sector,Models and actors alone can sky rocket our economy given the right attention like in Nigeria, India and America. It’s just in a bad state! As a fashionista, no challenge,fashion,like water will find its way if you have an eye for it. 

(Jeff under his Brand  Alpha lifestyle company is a fast rising Model, especially at Moi university ,he is a trend setter and a professional model.)


Chira Ke.

Designer @( Chira_ke )

I think it’s still yet been appreciated and treated as the art it is,Fashion is growing day by day and becoming more and more Noticeable, as a driving force of modern trends and an investable market it should be appreciated ,so in my estimation I’m pessimistic of it taking its deserved place here in kenya in few years to come.
(Chira is an upcoming Kenyan Fashion designer whose trendy designs have a touch of elegance and fun and center on youth fashion styles.)

4.Fashion and trends Investor.

A fashion and Trends entrepreneur @Modish_republik

Kenya just like most African countries, is really new into Fashion and Modeling, it lacks originality as most Kenyans would prefer cheaper Imports over Locally made Brands. Kenyan youth and millenials would also sadly enjoy Modeling and fashion events,cat walks and extravaganzas from the west as opposed to our own fashion. Events like The Nairobi Fashion Week. 

These problems are what make me try and find long lasting solutions to, and some of the answers to the nagging Questions of the Growth span of the kenyan Fashion and Modeling industry are as follows:

We need to inspire more youth to take up fashion skins ,such as design and Franchising as Self Employed Jobs. These not only help them find employment but also provide a source of income. We then need to create fashion Hubs where the youth can be able to interact ,promote their content and sell portfolios like Modish Republik Kenya. After all is done we need to inform the public and business community of prospectus in the fashion and trends market ,which shall in turn bring investments and capital into the market.

Iam Wycliff Peter. And investing in the precarious Trends and Fashion industry is my Hobby and My passion. My wish as Modish Republik Group Kenya ,is to see more upstart brands specifically in Modeling and fashion industry break through their incubation and scale up to recognisable heights. Regardless I would encourage any one to invest in the industry as more and more Kenyan’s begin to understand and appreciate its long time impacts.

(Wycliff Peter Oundo is a Fashion and Trends Entrepreneur who continues to innovate creative solutions to youth unemployment in African countries through Blogging, Fashion,photography and Modeling .He is one of the Group Heads and owners of Modish Republik Kenya)

5.Brand Marketer.

Modish Republik Group Head (Marketing and Advertknuckles.

I am Michelle anyango,student at  moi university.. Currently head of marketing and advertisement of modish republik.

Fashion to me basically speaks for itself,from the way you speak,talk and clothing…nonetheless ….I don’t do fashion I am fashion as it is said out there.
As for now kenyan fashion is growing as people have began wearing and appreciating ankara on clothes and also making ankara jewellery…..the colours of Kenyan flag have been printed on some clothes to create a sense of patriotism….                          
It brings the sense of a united african touch….but to some point will deteriorate since most people keep buying clothes from abroad or from internatiornal designers instead of appreciating Kenyan designers…

We as Kenyans to some point have to acknowledge that what’s ours we should take pride…not be like black lives matter as we all say and struggle bleaching yet our roots still remain in our dark knuckles
Fashion should be taken as much seriously as politics is in our county till then we can have diversity as a whole.
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Posing Techniques For Models. Featuring Tanasha.

Not everyone works with models. A lot of photographers have the job of shooting with everyday people and we need to make them look like models. So how do you do that when the subjects have no experience posing or controlling their face for the camera? Here are seven tips to make your portrait subjects feel like models.

In the Post we have Featured Kenyan Model, Make up instructor and Social influencer Tanasha. See her Instagram @Tanasha

We don’t generally think of hair as a part of the body we can control, but you really can! If you are shooting a subject with long hair, then bad hair is going to be the first thing anyone notices about your photo. There are no rules as to what looks “best” across the board. Everyone will look different with their hair a different way.

Let’s assume you’re doing a basic portrait session without makeup artists and hair stylists. The first thing to remember is that hair sitting on the shoulders looks terrible. If the hair sits on their shoulders, then it looks wild and you need to do something with it. There are five different things that they can do with their hair.

  1. Hair all behind the shoulders.
  2. Hair all in front of the shoulders
  3. Hair all on one side.
  4. Hair all on the other side.
  5. Hair up.

Hair on the shoulders (#1) should be avoided at all costs. All of the other hair positions have their place depending on your model and the look you are trying to achieve. The reason I shot the hair on both sides (#4 and #5) is because the natural part in a person’s hair will lend to one side looking better than the other.

Generally you want their part facing the camera so more of their face is included. For this tutorial, I chose hair up (#6) so we can more easily see the posing instructions without distraction. Many women see ponytails as the “day-off” hair style, but it actually lends itself very nicely in portraits and headshots since you have clean view oftheirface.

When someone stands in their normal relaxed stand, or even stands up straight to have nice posture, there is a little bit of flab right underneath their chin. No matter how skinny they are, you will see this. If you tell people to bring their chin forward, which sounds like the sensible thing to do, they will point their chin at you, which brings their face up and ends with you shooting up their nostrils. (Not attractive.) Instead, tell your model to bring their ears forward.


This demonstrates the before and after of telling them to bring their ears forward.


Same before and after from the side. Sometimes I call this “turtling,” because they feel like a turtle coming out of their shell. It is a bit uncomfortable or unnatural, but the results are always worth it.


Same technique from a male subject. He was very fit and athletic, but our natural stance is not very photogenic.

When people stand naturally, another thing they do is stand with their arms flat at their sides. This causes several problems. First, it makes them look awkward and uncomfortable in the photo. Secondly, their arm presses against their torso. This squishes the arm out and makes it look larger than it actually is.


You can correct that by having them just lift their arm an inch or two so it is “floating” and not pressed against them. Alternatively, you can pose their hand so the arm is in a different position, such as putting their hand on the hip. In the image above, the red line is the size of the arm when standing unposed. The exact same red line was moved over to the second photo so you can see how much smaller the arm becomes when not pressed against the body.

Everyone loves looking thin. One of the things you can do to trim down your subject is by giving them their “natural” waist, without any additives. What I mean by that is visually isolating the skinny part of the torso so they look as thin as they are. I had my model put her hands on her hips. The first photo shows no further posing. The arm in the back has no space between it and the torso, so it visually extends her mid-section. By having her pull the arm a little forward, you can see the space, so the waist doesn’t have anything adding visual bulk.


The red line shows the visual width of the subject from the first photo. It is replicated in the second photo to show how much width the arm actually adds. This rule does not just apply to arms. Anything that will be in the background of your subject and make them look larger can be an offender. A few examples are other people, tree trunks, or light poles.

This is a very simple tip, but important. If your subject stares at the camera head-on, they look bigger. This can be good when shooting a football player or CEO of a big company, but it is bad when shooting beauty or portraits. By having your subject turn, they are showing a slimmer profile of themselves to the camera, and look slimmer.


The red line shows the full width of the model when standing straight forward. A small turn to the side gives a photo that is still the subject facing the camera, but in a slimmer profile.

When you want a far off, dreamy look and choose to have your subject look off camera, do not tell them to “look over there.” Give them an object behind you to focus on so you can control their eyeline.


The first photo, I told the model to look out the door next to us. You can see the majority of the white of her eye, which is a bad thing. You want to see the iris, the colored part. I had her look out the window next to the door. That small change in eyeline brings back her eyes, gets rid of the white part, and gives a more attractive portrait.

This one is a bit more complex, but still important. When you don’t want your subject facing forward, you have them turn to the side. Assuming you don’t want a full profile where you only see one side of the face, they will be at a quarter turn with both eyes in frame. If you draw an imaginary line down the side of their face, this line is the line that cannot be crossed by their nose.


If they turn too far and the nose crosses this line, it “breaks” the natural curve of the face. It creates the “pinocchio” effect and extends the length of their nose. You can avoid this by having them turn back toward you slightly, until you can see a little bit of space between the end of their nose, and the side of their face. You don’t want to break that line or it makes them look like they have disproportionate facial features.


Here’s a checklist you can follow for your next shoot.

  • Hair is behind one shoulder, in front of the other
  • Chin is forward to create a strong jawline
  • Arm is lifted from the torso
  • Waist doesn’t have any visual extenders
  • Shoulders are turned
  • Iris is seen over the whites
  • Nose doesn’t break the line of the face







What have you done to make everyday people feel like models? Let me know what you were able to do with these tips and share your own in the comments.

Jeff. On Modeling and Fashion.

How old are you and how long have you been Modeling?

1.I’m 24 Years Old and I’ve been modeling for the last six years, most actively I’ve been modeling for about three and a half years now. 

What inspired you to get into Modeling?

2.I love color,glamour and adventure apparently being a model fulfilled these for me , 😊

What kind of Modeling do you specialize on or do you do all kinds of Modeling?

3.I am a fashion and glamour model at the moment; and in a fortnight or less I’ll be launching a sports model portfolio. 

Are you self Managed or Do you have a manager or for that case are you signed up with a Modeling agency?

4. I am managed under Alpha Lifestyle Company,a company I own. 

Have you won any awards or recognitions since you started Modeling?

5. Yeah, I was Mr.Culture,Moi University for three years(2014-2016),besides that, I’ve won accolades in other sectors and a few nominations as well. 

How does one Get to be a runway model in terms of Height ,body specifications and other requirements?

6.For runway, generally; height and good bone structure sell. In specifics; Pageantry favors tall, lean models, 5 feet 8,for ladies and 6ft for men, again ladies preference vary from sizes 6-8these ones also change depending on the title, For high Fashion the designer/client gets to choose the models depending on the product on the runway. For a catwalk there are no restrictions really. 

What defines your Overall Style, What inspires your Outlook?

7.I just love to be first; Comfortable, secondly; Set the mood for the day, depending on the day, that is, 😂😂. So it’s either suits, dungarees/jumpsuits or it’s shorts.

How do you style Up for a shoot ,Do you have a stylist? If yes who are they?

8.For most of my shoots I use the services of Alpha Lifestyle Company, but with the new contacts this far, that’s about to change.

Does Modeling pay? What defines the Salary rates?

9.Modeling pays,a lot of money on the highest, and nothing on the lowest, depends on your input and networks, maybe timing. 😏

What are some of the work ethics you observe as a Professional Model?

10. I value time keeping, honesty, and friendship.

Do you consider Male Modeling as a sissy Occupation?

11.Of course not, why would I do that? 

Do you Design your own clothes or where do you get them?

12.I am a designer and a collector, so basically I shop for good attire wherever I can find them, I also like to DIY. 

What do you hate about Modeling as a profession?

13.I hate pests and in this industry who are out for lust and easy money,ooh, and the misconceptions about it too .

What are some of the challenges you face as a pioneering model and Fashionista?

14. We lack structures and infrastructure to experience maximum creativity like it is in the west. We as models need properly funded management structures, this is a whole sector,Models and actors alone can sky rocket our economy given the right attention like in Nigeria, India and America. It’s just in a bad state! As a fashionista, no challenge,fashion,like water will find its way if you have an eye for it. 

How do you keep fit, Do you have a work out routine?

15.Yeah,I do a lot of Sit Ups,push-ups, skipping here and there, and a bit of boxing whenever I can. 

What part of your Body do you love Most?

16.I love my skin,my eyes and my eyebrows😀.

Your photos are real stylish, what are some of your tips on model photoshoots and how do you come up with your themes?

17.Get a good vision, inspire it, get a good stylist and a good photographer. My advice is, remember always that as a model,your photographs are your CV, so ask yourself if your photos are worth a job. 

How would you rate the Kenyan Modeling industry?

18.Kenyan modeling industry is at 5/10.

What are some of the Kenyan companies you’ve worked with and do you prefer international contacts over local contracts?

19.International companies pay better, local contracts promote our economy, so I’ll take both, thank you. 

What are some of your Role Models in the Industry?

20. Idriss Elba, Gabu Fords, those men challenge me. 

What would you advice youth willing to take up modeling as a career?

21. Know that modeling is not a hobby, it’s a profession, take it as work, grow your networks, be principled and know your worth. 

What projects are you currently working on and what more should we expect from you?

22. My company and I embarked on a  project to reflect on Kenya, the past and the future, it’s a humanitarian video slideshow titled TURBO. And we hope that Kenyans will Enjoy and be inspired by it.In the near future we have a bunch of projects coming, but I won’t hint,I will in the next interview 😂😂😂jk 
Published as Interviewed By Wycliff Peter and as responded by Jeffrey 

Find him on Instagram @ ebony_africa

Swahili Princess, The Black Barbie.

A couple of months ago I heard a little girl ask her mum,  “Mum are there any black Barbies?” 

It may look like a question prompting racial cognitive, but it wasn’t, it was simply an innocent girl posing a curious question on her Identity as a black Kenyan girl. 

So the ache might have gone on from child to child until an African entrepreneur ( Olivia Mengich) saw a problem and a sufficeful solution to it,  She called it the SWAHILI PRINCESS a brand of African dolls or rather African Barbies. 

Their dolls have become a favourite toy, I mean what’s not to love , the dolls come in varous styles, they could be braided,have curls ,or the long swift hair associated with many swahili women. 

The dolls also do come with various Kenyan tribal attires and clothe patterns like the famous Maasai fabrics, so your child will have an endless creative selection to explore. 

I loved their packaging, especially at the back of their boxing, where part of Lupita Nyongo’s Oscar awards speach has been quoted, it really gives the doll a home feeling and pride. 

Swahili princess, isnt stopping there but they intend to even make a darker tonned doll, for all those who fancy the darker skin tone. 

It’s great to see a brand that cares all about the African Girl and it’s not all limited to that but it’s a brand all girls could fancy as it has created diversity.

If interested in more, or for instructions on purchase visit their website at swahiliprincess
Credits to; Olivia Mengich (M. D SWAHILI PRINCESS) 

Child Modeling,Advice.

Before investing the time into finding your child an agency and going on castings, first make sure that modeling is something that he is genuinely excited about. Your kid should never feel pressured to model or feel like you will be mad if he decides it’s not something he wants to do. Once you’re certain that your little one is really on board, take note of the tips below.

Take Clear and Clean Photos

When taking snapshots of your kid, note that less is more. As adorable as the photo of him with cake and sprinkles all of over his face may be, that typically isn’t the photo that agencies want to see. Instead, he should be facing the camera; no hat, sunglasses or makeup. “You can easily take this kind of picture at home with a digital camera,” according to “Make sure the pictures show your child’s features and take a variety of poses, including head shots and full-body shots.” The photos should be in color.

Once you’ve taken several quality photos, send two to three by mail to reputable agencies “with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a short letter stating your interest,” Charles Ramsey, owner of Product Model Management in New York City, tells


Don’t Spend a Fortune on Photos

You don’t have to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on professional photos. Some agencies may try to convince you that this is necessary, but it is not and agencies that say otherwise are probably running a scam. Margaret Pelino of Ford Modelstells, “But why would you spend a fortune taking pictures of, say, a 3-year-old? He’s not going to look the way he does for very long.” Simple at-home snapshots are actually preferred among many top agencies. An agency may ask if you have a composite card (a card with several small photos of your child) which shouldn’t cost much more than $200.

Never Pay Money Upfront

One of the biggest signs that an agency is conning you is if they ask you for money upfront. Most reputable agencies will not start taking money until your child has been signed and companies are booking him for work. says that once the model is signed, the agencies “usually take a cut of about 20 percent from you for setting up each modeling job and the same sum from the company that hires your child.” If an agency is trying to persuade you to pay any initial fees, especially if they’re costly, decline their offer and continue your search for representation elsewhere.

Go With a Reputable and Registered Agency

Doing your research on agencies is critical so that your child is protected and has a good experience. Pick an agency that is registered with the Better Business Bureau and one that has an impressive portfolio to reflect their credibility. You representation should have some proof, whether a page on their website or via their social media, of campaigns that they’ve booked for their clients. For example, Future Faces’ official Facebook page has multiple photos of their clients in ads for top brands like Ruum and H&M.

For safety purposes, never leave your child alone with an agent or photographer. Be with him at all times, even if the agency is reputable, to ensure that his physical and emotional safety are protected.

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Styling a Short Short.

Get the right fit. The most important part of wearing any type of clothing is its fitting. However, you should pay extra attention to fit when looking for short shorts.A few common problems you want to avoid:

  • Muffin tops. Make sure your short shorts are wide enough at the waist. They shouldn’t pinch your stomach.
  • Sliding off. The opposite problem of the muffin top is when your short shorts are too wide at the waist, causing them to sag or slip off. Watch out for this problem if you have narrow hips.
  • Riding up. The wrong pair of short shorts is one that rides up along the thigh. Not only can this be painful, but you may find your butt cheeks hanging out of your shorts.
  • Wear appropriate underwear. Pay close attention to the underwear you put on underneath your short shorts. If your shorts are extremely short, your underwear may peak through. Additionally, if your short shorts are made of a tight material, they will highlight bagginess.
  • Styles you may want to avoid are boxers and boyshorts.
  • On the other hand, briefs (especially high-cut briefs), bikini, and thong underwear styles are the safest.
  • Always double-check in a mirror that your underwear is out of sight.

Match your short shorts with the rest of your outfit. 

For the most part, you can treat your short shorts like any other type of bottom. If your short shorts have a print, don’t wear a patterned top. It’s also a bad idea to mix dark neutrals. For example, if your short shorts are navy blue, don’t wear a top that’s black or dark brown.
4.Don’t wear long tops.

 Pairing short shorts with oversized T-shirts and tunics is generally a bad idea. This combination can make it seem like you aren’t wearing anything underneath your top. You’ll be more likely to draw the wrong type of attention if people think you’re going around with no pants in public.

Wear the right shoes.

 You can wear any type of shoes with short shorts. However, there are a few shoe types that work better than others:

  • Simple flat tennis shoes. Short shorts and tennis shoes are a classic summer look.
  • Stiletto heels. Short shorts will draw attention to your legs, so you want them looking their best. Ultra-high heels will make your legs look longer and more toned.
  • Thigh high boots. This is an extra sexy, on-trend look. Pick boots that are made from a thin material that could pass for stockings.

6.Pair your short shorts with a blazer

or vest. Since you’ll be baring your legs with short shorts, an extra layer up top will help to balance your outfit. Matching your jacket with your short shorts is extra chic and on trend. This will go a long way towards making your short shorts look more fashionable and less childish or sloppy.
7.Be confident.

 Confidence can make even the most unconventional fashion choice look great. Act like short shorts are something you wear every day. Don’t let other people’s negative comments get you down.

Courtesy of Wiki How. Featuring Models :Modish Republik’s Wairimu ,Instagram @warimu_ke and Liz .

:Guest Model @ Tanasha Oketch Instagram @Zahara Zaire.

Compiled by Abdul Razaq.

Tips For Nude Photography.

Hello Guys. We have a rather sensitive topic today, we’d like to disclaim That The Post’s purpose was solely ment for the photography And art value and has no association with any religion or cultural belief, thereafter.

Nude Photography is an art, it is subtle yet explicit. These are some of the tips for photographers,enthusiasts and Models to keep in mind before such a shoot.

Tips for photographers and Models.

(Written as narrated)

1.Know what you’re looking for before you start shooting – The first shots I took were quite bad and we quickly realized that we (or I) were not prepared. We decided to take a break and I pulled out a few of my photography magazines and books where I knew there would be examples of some poses that we could aim for. And practice.

We chose a pose that we wanted to start with – a shot of her standing with her back to the camera – the focus being her back – lit from the side to accentuate her curves. We saw this ‘classic’ nude shot in a couple of different books and thought it’d be a good place to start. Knowing what we wanted to achieve in this shot helped a lot. Taking nude shots is not as simple as grabbing a camera and getting your gear off – it helps to know what shot you’re attempting to get.

2. Try Black and White– at the start of our shoot we were shooting in color. The results were quite confronting to my model. She is a beautiful woman but even the best of us have a few blemishes or blotches on our skin that can be quite eye catching in shots. I had been intending to shoot in color and convert the images to black and white later but on seeing her reaction to the shots I’d taken, decided to shoot in Black and White.

In doing so I noticed that the shots completely changed in their look and feel. They became less about the body in the shots, and more about the shapes, the light, the shadows etc.

3. Warm up the Room – ok, so a practical tip and perhaps an obvious one. Make sure the heating is on! I actually didn’t notice the coolness of the room (I had my clothes on after all and perhaps had a bit of adrenaline at the thought of messing up the shoot) but my friend certainly did. It’s hard to pose and look relaxed when you’re shivering!

4. Use Longer Focal Lengths – this will probably vary from person to person but we found that things worked best when I shot with longer focal lengths. Perhaps it was partly that I wasn’t up real close and personal as I took my shots and this allowed my subject some personal space – but the shots when I used a longer lens were better than those when shooting with short ones. I had started off shooting with a 50mm lens but ended up using a Canon 85mm prime lens that I’d borrowed from a friend for most of the shoot and was very happy with the shots.

I also had a 70-200mm lens which came in handy towards the end of the shoot when we did some shots that focused upon taking some more close up shots of parts of her body – almost abstract type shots.

Anonymity Helps – another thing that we discovered as we went along is that the shots where my friend’s face was turned away from the camera were somehow more photogenic than those in which she was looking at the camera. Again it wasn’t that she’s not attractive or that she was uncomfortable with the situation – but something about seeing her face proved to be a little distracting in the images. Not seeing her face on the other hand added a little mystery into the shots. I’m not quite sure how to describe it any other way but the images also became a little less confronting.

6. Keep the mood relaxed and fun – I had the advantage of being friends with my subject and being a woman myself put her at ease more than if I were a male – however even with those two advantages it was a somewhat never wracking experience for both of us. Being naked in front of another person and being that other person can be quite confronting – although it can also be quite funny if you let it be. We took the ‘funny’ approach and spent a lot of the time giggling like school girls and I think it helped us move beyond the initial awkward stage.

I also had a couple of sheets and blankets handy so that between shots my friend was able to coverup and keep warm. We also used them to keep her covered when we were taking some of the close up shots later on where they couldn’t be seen.

7. My Home Studio – we used a couple of setups that worked well. One was with black material behind the model and a couple of spot lights lighting her from the side. We did this with the first shot that I mentioned above and it left us with the effect of her standing in front of a dark background. The other shot was her sitting on a chair that we covered with a white sheet. This we lit with natural light from a great window in my home.

My main advice is to keep it simple when it comes to your set up. You don’t really want your subject standing around while you adjust settings and get things set up – you want him or her to be relaxed and not put out by the experience.

8. Simple Poses – I wish I could show some of the shots we took (by my friend would be horrified with that as they were shots just for her husband and her and not the masses here at DPS) but the best shots were very very simple shots.

I’m not sure if this helps but I found that when I stopped treating my friend as a person wanting a portrait and started looking for shapes and considering how light was falling on her body (almost more like a landscape) that I started to get the best results. As a result I had her stand, sit and lay in comfortable positions and found myself moving around her more than having her move around me.

9. Cover Up – another lesson that we discovered over the morning that we shot was that sometimes less skin is more. We tried a few shots where my subject covered herself up in a number of ways – either by using her hands and arms to cover her torso or where she even at one point wore an unbuttoned shirt.

As it turned out some of these were her husbands favorites.

Over all the experience of photographing a naked person was one that was a great learning experience. I’m not sure that it will ever be something that I’ll do again (although my friend wants to do it again for their 20th anniversary) 


Published courtesy of DSP photography blog.

Kaltes Wetter Kleider

Hallo gute Leute, heute werde ich darüber sprechen, wie man sich für ein kaltes Wetter anzieht. Während einer kalten Jahreszeiten wie im Winter finden es die meisten von uns ziemlich aufregend, lange oder kurze Spaziergange zu machen. Kaltwetter- Kleider müssen nicht unbedingt kompliziert sein, sie können teuer oder billig sein aber einfach sein.Das erste, was Sie tun sollten, ist nach einer Kleidung aus vielen warmen dünnen Schichten zu suchen und vor allem, wählen Sie je nach Anlass das am besten geignete Kleider oder lieber, für die entsprechende Aktivität Ebene kleiden.Ein langärmeliges Oberteil oder Kleid ist bestimmt die endgültig Kleidung für ein kaltes Wetter. Ziehe ein paar isolierte Stiefel an und wähle am besten eine geeignete Farbe. Ich persönlich würde für einen braunen oder schwarzen Lederstiefel gehen. Wählen Sie eine hochwertige Jacke oder einen Mantel aus, sie sollte eine dicke Schicht haben. Für die Hände können Sie ein paar Handschuhe kaufen. Sie können auch ein sehr dicken Halstuch für dein Hals kaufen.Wenn Sie sich diese warmen Kleider anziehen, können Sie sicher sein, dass Sie sich an einem kalten Tag im Freien warm fühlen. Welche Kleider würdest du wählen? Fühlen sich frei, uns Ihre Ansichten hier direkt zu geben

 Written by Valarie (Modishrepublik foreign languages Department.)

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The Three Beggars.

Most people ,I narrate this story to, Ask me who  the Third Beggar was , And I smile and answer, “That’s a Good Question.”

In the bustling Streets of Nairobi, I walk with my Note book, A skinny Youth Hunting for my next story.I cross over the Traffic ladden roads and Head for KenCom bus stop, I know I’ll find them there ,I always do.

Its about Four Pm and its rush hour in the City,The blind Boy sits close to a Steel Fence ,By the Side walk Curb, in his fingers He fidgets With a plastic Disposable cup,in which clutters A few coins, dropped there by benevolent People.

His Jacket is darkened by Dirt, It is torn and rugged and looks like a Lion Used it for Clawing Practice, His trouser is Patched and torn in areas I cannot be Dignified to Jot about. His bare feet are cracked and dirty, he has sores all over them and in some of his toes oozes pus ,Which has dried and Matted on his talon like Toe nails, There is a mob of Annoying fat blue flies over his feet and face, He has short , dirty brown kinky hair that seem to dare any comb for a duel, His face is Blank ,emotionless and static, He would have looked Handsome were it not for long streaks of Tear marks emanating from his Blur Grayish eyes, and long forked streaks of Saliva indicating he can’t recall when he last washed his face. He sits still only his bonny arms move and jiggle the Plastic cup and its sad contents.

Besides the Blind Boy, Stands a Street Musician He is putting on a large Hat whose long brim covers his face in a shadowy mystery, He has a neat leather Jacket ,and Decent fitting jeans, around his lean shoulder his Brown Guitar strap digs deep into his collar bone ,His jugular vein is  Popping up on his Long Neck ,His Tiny Eyes are concentrated in the Heat of the Moment, His Mouth is A Jar his Voice Deep and Loud, His Notes High and Ecstatic ,He is Singing Charlie Puth’s Marvin Gaye. His long Bonny Fingers string the guitar so well, that a crowd of people, especially bevies of girls , Smile and Nod off to. He Sings notes after notes ,Of the Duet with such Prowess the Folks at X Factor would be Knocked Off. On his feet is a long list of Songs he can perform at an extra tip, each Numbered. Next to the List is an open guitar Case littered with Coins and Notes. His other hand clutches his microphone stand with such Fragility and Love the way a Lover would Caress Another’s Cheek.

I stay on with him watching people, come marvel ,some dance, others hug, a few complement him of his talent and a sometimes one drops a coin or two and hastily walks away. Soon I’m the only Person Left, standing Awkwardly Clutching a dog eared Note book. He stops playing and Glances at me,smiles then asks me in  Accented English ,”Do you want Me to Play you a song, Brother? ” I Stutter a bit and Reply, “No I have a few Questions for my blog..” I suddenly feel A pang of guilt ,like a Lover  who’s said something wrong to his Dearest. He regardless Smiles and Nodes, Then says Quietly, “Ah I see ,You are one of those Media And Freelance Guys always Hunting for a Story , Well I pity your Kind.” I’m Immediately interested and jump on his last Word,”Why? ” He goes on a whole Explanation of how we are Simply Slaves, ‘You know’ he elaborates ,”Slaves of News,Slaves of Occurance, Later on Slaves of Fame, And you eventually die Slaves of Misery, when your spotlight eventually ,fades of ,Because you know what brother It always Does.” For a while we just stand on looking at each other before he breaks into a long Hearty laugh and Pats my Shoulder,” Not to worry ,Brother ,I’ll give you your story, Here in the streets we help Each other, Even those who Don’t Belong Here..” He Goes on to hastily tell me His Story, of his long Journey  from neighbouring Uganda To Kenya, to living in the streets,to buying his first Guitar to Learning it and to his plans to create a recording firm to employ his fellow homeless street boys. 

Its a good story, One I’m so familiar with, the story of each Kenyan who comes to the City, A story of Hope and Toil, For a Future clouded in Blur and mystery.

Its about then, My father’s Driver Musa comes to pick me up, Before I leave I pay to listen to His Marvin Gaye song, And as he plays on ,I feel a renown perspective of the city and its beautiful orange hazy light in the breezy still night, I feel such an explosion of Beauty all around me, Such calm, Such Passion in his Voice, Such love for his Talent, even though It involves hours of sacrifice standing in a strange city.

Next to me the Blind Boy smiles and Nodes on, Musa is Dancing on with a silly smile on his face, I just stand on, Like a man in Limbo, Never wishing for the song to stop, After a while he strings on the last Notes and stoppes playing, His loud voice ,replaced by the silent gusts of city breeze and Chirping of Crickets.

We offer him a ride, but he declines with a bow ,He then strawls to the Blind boy, and Empties half of his Earnings to his cup, He proceeds to Pick him up and before they walk away he turns to us and says,” When you write the story, Don’t forget the Third Beggar Brother ” 

We bid goodbye and get into the car, Musa Sighs and Says,”Strange guy huh?”  I ignore him and keep thinking, but occasionally my train of thought is disrupted by Musa Whistling Marvin Gaye, I Quite thinking and sing along ” Just like they say it in the Song, Until that Dawn ,Let’s Marvin Gaye Get it on …” 

Written by Modish Republik’s Wycliff Peter .

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It’s About 7pm ,and we are seated at the shady part of the Club, Where young boys Call “Old men’s Tomb” or ‘Sponsor’s Launge’ .. You name it. Unlike the Young men on the dance floor, We sit seemingly motionless,  stirring a cocktail’s straw, watching the ember Liquor tremble and swirl in the warming champagne glass, we try a sip but we no longer taste the Chardonnay nor the Pinot in the Champenoise Cocktail.Perhaps we should join the Lithe guys who seem to have the moment of their lives Grinding on the Behinds of Voluptuous Nairobi Girls. But we Sigh, We no longer see the Logic in Such, 

You see the reason , we are in this hot ,Crowded bar anyway is because Braggadocios as we are, we can’t admit that we miss A certain Lady, To be specific an Ex Girlfriend we just broke up with weeks ago.  In that dirty ,Filthy subconscious each man has, we try to imagine, how she looked like in that nice Lace see through dress, she would always adorn at bed times, we get the image, After all no man easily forgets such Memories, But now we fathom you ,have moved on, being the Boss lady you are, Perhaps found yourself another Guy, with Stronger Arms,A Nark who’s tales of Love making make ours feel like old sad little Jokes, we visualize you in a seductive red velvet, Dress with your long hair let lose, with goosebumps all over your Rosy thighs as your new man, gently caresses you with the dignity of a sworn Knight,.. We can’t, such thoughts are what torments us these days, we curse you,your ancestors and the day we first lusted at you, which we Immediately regret and take a long drink to drown the angst. 

After wallowing in the Empty Box, Our Senseless thoughts, we call it quits ,stand,Button up our Italian suit jacket ,and pay the bill with a tip for Frank,the bar man. We say our polite, Goodbyes to our drinking budies who probably are contemplating similar Women issues or even bigger problems, who knows its a Problematic Nation these days. We then stroll out with a stiff and a bounce on our gaits because we were Models years back,, we comb through our lace pockets and find the Mercedes Benz car keys which we then unlock and lock ourselves in the serenity of the car. We try listening to various channels ,but they are all playing those lousy love songs ,that heighten our Angst and drowning thoughts, for some reason we pick up our Phones, maybe because we are busy thinking of how ,you gently snore ,with your thumb lightly on your Silky lips,like a baby, our baby ,we can’t take it any more so we punch your phone number and press call, we already know its a Bad idea.

Its about 11 am and you were deep asleep, alone in your girly bed, you stir, on the second ring and pick up the phone, then sigh at the sight of our names in your Call screen, regardless you pick up the phone, perhaps out of curiosity or mere nostalgia ,  With your angelic voice you say ‘Hello’ and we feel a burst of spasm and glee throughout our bodies, meekly we answer back, “Hello ,Mia is that you?” Like hell we didn’t know! but deep down we knew it was you from your breathing to your voice. You take a while, maybe processing a favourable answer and respond, “Cliff it’s late,” we groan in apathy and say ,”I know, I just wanted to check up on you..” You seem a little touched but still respond in that tone you adapted since the break up, “Thank you, But you shouldn’t especially this late” We meekly respond “Sorry, I know” you then go on those long silent treats ,that it seems we can feel atoms and static on the line, then you curtly respond, ” I should hang up Dear” and immediately end the call.

You curse and Slam your pretty face on the pillow ,regretting the last word, hoping we  aren’t so dear, we broke your heart after all, you say nibbling on your nails, which you do when you are stressed. You toss and turn hating, perhaps loving the fact that we just disrupted your good night’s sleep. 

We on the other side, sit still for a minute,  then jerk awake as if from a long slumber, and Turn on the Ignition, The roar of the V8 Mercedes Engine, brings a smile to our tired faces, and our hearts beat much stronger now. We step on the accelerator and head home hopeful Men.

Because the way you see Logic is not the way we see it.

Written By Wycliff Peter.

Published on Modish Republik.

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Eve Jackson :Fashion,Modeling and Style.


Ssup Guys ,What’do Nairobi , its your girl Eve Jackson just as we promised , we’d host her today. 

For a basic introduction Eve is one of the Best Youth Kenyan Models , She particularly majors in Commercial Modeling, which for Fam, Who aint aware, is  a type of professional modeling that deals with Adverts ,Paid commercial content, and Print Adverts like you find in Magazines and dailies. She schools at Moi University , and is on her fourth Year,She began Modeling in 2015 and has been doing it ever since, She’s 22 years old ,but boasts an impressive Resume , in which you will find she’s worked with major brands like , Bet In Kenya , DSTV kenya and Bata Kenya. 

We took the liberty of sending one of our Bloggers, Wycliff Peter To have a Q and A on all your questions as you had requested to be send to her, She had a great vibe, and was really Modest, taking time to answer all of your questions even the Personal ones, that have been composed into the introduction part.


The Q and A

(W; Wycliff, E; Eve )


E.  I wouldn’t say I do it for the Fame, but As a profession, I do Commercial, and High fashion assignments, I’m so far from being called a Slay Queen*


E.  I have never been a victim, But I would really warn models not to jump into any deals without checking, contracts ,terms of agreements and the employer reputation in the market,

Regardless no model or actor is entitled to harassment , for whatever cause, These are occupations just like any other and should be respected in accord.


E. I haven’t done one so far, but if given a good reason, or a deal that is professional and for a good cause I’d do it . I’m not against it if one is comfortable with it.

w. As an African don’t you think it goes against some of your traditions?

e. we have got to be dynamic as Africans , that is being Reserved.

w. Still on the subject ,is it a norm to do a nude shoot to be considered a big shot model? Because going by statistics most famous models have done such shoots?

e. Oh no, you don’t have do it because other people have done it, some models are pretty big without having done it, furthermore a big shot model is also considered on how one carries themselves out.


E. I stick to whom I am and remain real, Nobody is like me out there my potential is exclusively mine so that makes me stay relevant all the time.

w. Do you believe in faking it till you make it? Especially In demanding platforms such as Instagram?

e. well if you have to do it , Do it, Do what you gotta do.


E. I style myself , my style, “ Impress Look, All day , All the time” I love African,Prints though and Nigerian Fabric, I love Chidinma’s style


E. I have worked with different companies, Bata ,DSTV, Bet In KENYA just to mention a few, my rapport with people out there led me to the opportunities .

w. Are you signed up with any Modeling firm ,or are you self managed?

e. I am a free lance, I am self managed.

w. what are some of the work ethics you observe as a professional model?

e. I make sure I deliver , I respect my lane of work by listening.


E. I work out five times a week at the gym

w. What part of your body do you love most, what part do you hate?

e.  Haha I love my face and Ass,  my knees though…


E. For models they should strive to make themselves a brand , believe in themselves and network. To my fans, thanks for the love and support a lot is coming . and lets keep it real.

w. finally anything we don’t know about you, a secret or anything,..

e. Ha A secret ain’t for two.


The interview has been posted as Narrated to Modish Republik’s Wycliff Peter, The model knew She was on record, all she said has been published as narrated with only minor grammatical and editorial tweaks.

Many thanks to Eve Jackson for the interview, her Instagram profile is 

@ evedjackson  

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Post writen and edited by Abdul Razarck.

Long Tee Shirts, Fashion Speaks.

Fashion is the Silent Voice around us, it speaks for us, describes our personality and endorses us even before speech. Today’s post is about Your Long T-shirts and how to style them for each Look.

Getting Started,

To pull out this Rebel look, you first need to at least consider Colour and Fabric as these two are what’s going to be your predominant styling tweaks.

Colour and Fabric.

You should own at least a few of the basics – white, black, gray and navy.

White – Complements all skin tones. The classic white t-shirt should be part of your wardrobe. Remember to always wash your white clothes together. Don’t mix with other colors.

Gray– A mixture of different shades – gray virtually enhances your body shape. Watch out for sweat marks which are easily visible on dark colors.

Black– Another versatile color option, black pairs well with most outfit combinations. However, the color tends to fade quickly and can be a little severe during the day.

Navy– A better choice than black that is more suitable during the day and great for creating tonal looks when combined with jeans.

Other Colors – A t-shirt is probably the easiest way to experiment with colors. Greens, reds, purples, and blues are great for creating a pop of color under a cardigan or worn on their own. Make sure the color of the t-shirt doesn’t clash with your skin tone.


Fabric Quality is not related to the weight of the top. In fact, with t-shirts, the lighter materials tend to cost more.

100% cotton is the preferable choice, especially Egyptian or Pima cotton. They are made from long staple fibers that last longer, look thinner and feel lighter.
Cotton blends are also good options. A moderate amount of elastane (stretch fibers) helps to maintain the shape of your top, whereas cotton-polyester blends come in at a lower price point and offer easy maintenance because they crease less.
The label on the t-shirt gives you an idea of the composition of the fabric used to make the t-shirt. The most common options are:

Combed Cotton: A strong, soft and smooth fabric which has been brushed fine to straighten the fibers and remove short strands.

Organic Cotton: More expensive than treated cotton, this soft material is derived from cotton grown with minimal pesticides and fertilizers and pesticides.

Prima: This is the highest grade cotton with extra long fibers. Resists pilling, stretching, fading, and gets softer with each wear. Supima is the trademarked name for American-grown Pima cotton.

Bamboo: T-shirts made from bamboo have a soft sheen and are incredibly soft. They are breathable and slightly on the expensive side.

Merino: Probably the most expensive top you will own, a 100% Merion wool T-shirt can be worn wear for an entire week before it starts to smell. The perfect choice for travel.

Jersey: Typically made from cotton or a synthetic blend, this stretchy knit fabric is very flexible and comfortable.

Polyester: Light and quick-drying, but not breathable. Polyester maintains its shape well and resists wrinkles and shrinking.

Rayon: Also called viscose, rayon is a man-made fiber made out of wood pulp. It feels smooth to the touch and wrinkles easily.
Styling .

1. One Piece At A Time

If this is your first time stepping up to the long line, tread carefully. When dealing with silhouettes this far-reaching, it’s alarming how swiftly a shirt turns into a dress, so dip your toe before trying to layer longline pieces.
A dropped hem T-shirt, jacket or coat is a good place to start. Choose a length that’s slightly longer than what you’re accustomed to, wear it a few times, and then – in what’s not unlike a round of style-related gradual exposure therapy – add inches to your limit with longer pieces.
2.Mind your Colors.

If you intent on layering your long T-shirts you can consider layering your T-shirts according to your Color texture. Do this while minding the blend in reference to your fabrics.

3. Keep The Balance
Key to styling longline pieces is sticking them on the front line, allowing their exaggerated silhouette to take centre stage while the rest of your look keeps shtum. Make the mistake of oversizing everything and you’ll, at best, look like a model that forgot to change after a Comme des Garçons casting; at worst, like Fagin.
“Keep your jeans/trousers as slim as possible when wearing longer-length outerwear or tees,” says model and influencer Chris John Millington. “Anything wider in the leg can create an unflattering look.” Put simply, an oversized T-shirt or shirt makes a great companion for skinny jeans, but pair one of these with some billowing wide-legged trousers and bam, it’s Hammertime.

Balance is even more important if you’re vertically challenged, so avoid shortening your legs by swamping them with a hemline that plunges south. Instead, try wearing a longline cardigan with a regular T-shirt to tap the trend.

4. Monochrome’s The Word

Playing fast and loose with your hemlines is a pretty radical statement in menswear terms. Add busy prints and patterns into the mix and you’ve got yourself a look that’s good for little else other than getting digs and giving headaches. Ditto showy colours.
Instead, stick to block-colour pieces in shades that don’t scream for attention (navy, black, white) – tasteful, but with a twist.
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