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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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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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