Kenyan Models Rally Behind #PayModelsKe to Speak Up About Industry Exploitation

Article by Whitney Nasanga
Posted: February 09, 2018  


#PayModelsKe is the latest hashtag to whip up online convo in the 254. Sheila Kanini, former Miss World Kenya, Machakos County sparked the conversation on her Instagram Stories when she gave revealing insights into the inside world of modelling in Kenya and how models are taken advantage of both financially and sexually.

Sheila publicly announced that she would no longer be taking jobs from Kenyan brands, but she also spilt all the tea on renowned magazines and companies she has worked with before who either did not pay her for work done or act dodgy with payment once the job is done.

She definitely did not come out to play and started out her eloquent rant by claiming “she has nothing to lose”. She proceeded to give some serious name drops – explicitly putting the likes of True Love Magazine and Darling on blast, as well as posting up a screenshot of her on a billboard ad by ICEA Lion that she’s still owed money for – many months later.

Other top-notch Kenyan models hopped onto the conversation to give their bad experiences and expose big-wig Kenyan companies and personalities for allegedly not paying them for their modelling work.

A lot of other social media users, including influencers, also backed her up in exposing the dark underbelly of Kenya’s creative industry in general.

If you missed out on all the tea, check out Sheila’s posts and some of reactions on Twitter;


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