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This 19-Year-Old Kenyan Model Is Set to Blow Up

Meet Nicole Atieno, the Kenyan born model who's modeled for Gucci and has been called Naomi Campbell's "little sister."

The 19-year-old stunner was born in Kenya but moved to Germany with her mother when she was eleven years old.


After a test shoot when she was 15, Nicole participated in a modeling competition where she attracted enough interest for distinguished model agent Alexander Kern to present her with a contract.

It wasn't long before Gucci's chief designer Alessandro Michele was so impressed by the young model that he began to consistently book her for print campaigns and runway shows for the highly regarded fashion label.

She made waves recently fashion weeks in New York and Paris, strutting the runway for haute couture designer brands such as Miu Miu and Marni, as well as Gucci. The Kenyan beauty stands at 5'9" and is currently represented by Wilhemina in New York and Storm Management out of London, amongst others.

In 2016, American Vogue featured her in their "Models to Watch" list and some in the industry have already dubbed her as Naomi Campbell's "little sister."

That might sound intimidating but Nicole is evidently living up to her potential. With a face worthy of numerous magazine covers and an unstoppable confidence on the runway, this rising star is on her way to the top.

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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