Kenyan Models

Rachel Marete

Miss Kenya Universe 2005

 

By Lady Kate Njeuma, 14 September, 2007

I'm a proud twenty-one year old African woman, born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. My mother is my greatest role model. She has instilled in me a strong sense of independence which I got from watching her solely toil and make sacrifices so my sister and I could have all the best that she could afford, while instilling in us strong morals to see us through life. My aim being to become a successful marketing entrepreneur, I hold an associates degree in Business Information Technology (Dip BIT) from Strathmore University, a Kenyan University, and I am now pursuing a degree in International Business Administration at the Miami Dade College.

I love learning new languages and I speak four of them, English, Swahili, Kamba and German. I'm also currently learning Chinese and since I live in Miami it is also greatly inevitable that I speak Spanish, which I am beginning to learn as well. At 19 years old I became Miss Kenya Universe 2005, and I was fortunate enough to gain support to take part in many humanitarian activities, something that I hold dear to my heart. In giving back to the community, I got the humbling opportunity to work on issues surrounding the girl child, women and children and in 2006 I was honoured by being given the role of goodwill ambassador for the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, one of Africa's largest organisations for people living with disabilities.

My hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, going on safari, swimming, going Go-Karting, reading a good book and spending a lovely day at the beach swimming and playing with the ocean's waves (something I have never been able to stop ever since I was a little girl). I'm very much honoured to be participating in this year's Miss Africa USA 2007 pageant especially because it helps bring out beautiful, young and ambitious African women who will subsequently shape the way for others by having bright futures. It is also a great opportunity to showcase to America the beauty and greatness that is Africa in helping to conquer the stereotype created by media that Africa is a continent full of grief. I cannot wait to meet the rest of the contestants from all different parts of our majestic continent!

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