ALL ABOUT KENYA

You have just finished your studies. Are you planning on pursuing a journalism career, or will you focus on modelling for now?

Finishing school was incredibly important to me and, at the moment, I’m loving what I’m doing in the fashion world. I think in this day and age you no longer have to choose one career path. Ultimately I’d love to do both. 

Has fashion always played an active role in your life?

Growing up, I always found the way I dressed to be my most vital form of expression. You don’t have to say a word and yet you can say everything, just through the way you’re dressed. You’re constantly shedding your skin, so that makes the fashion aspect fun. You go through so many different characters and ideas.

How did it feel to wear all Alaia during this shoot?

It was amazing! Every piece was absolutely stunning. The whole feel of the shoot was very elegant and romantic, I loved it.

If you could change anything about the fashion industry, what would it be?

The one thing I would change in the fashion industry is the use of animal materials, such as fur.

What advice would you give to young people entering the fashion and modelling industries?

I think it’s important to study those who propel the fashion world; the editors, designers, models, casting directors, hair and makeup artists. All of those people you look up to. It’s a fast paced industry so it’s important to keep up.

What were some of your personal highlights in 2016? And what are you hoping to do in 2017?

My personal highlight of 2016 was walking the Chanel Metiers d’Art show. In 2017 I would love to shoot a cover for Vogue – that’s a big goal. I’m grateful for everything I’ve been able to do and look forward to whatever is coming next.

photographs
ROWAN PAPIER
styling
JULIEN ALLEYNE
set design
ALANA MUELLER | MARY HOWARD STUDIO
model 
KENYA KINSKI-JONES | THE LIONS NY
hair 
SASHA NESTERCHUK
make up
SAE RYUN SONG
studio
RED HOOK LABS
all clothes 
AZZEDINE ALAÏA