Katrinah’s excited by Top Model competition final
Student makes top 25 after being selected from hundreds
AN UXBRIDGE college student has made it to the final of the world’s Top Model of Colour competition.
Katrinah Phenyo, 17, was chosen from more than 1,500 to be among the 25 female finalists at Grand Connaught Rooms, on Saturday, May 30.
The applied sciences student, who lives in Uxbridge, aspires to be a supermodel and is inspired by her mother.
She told the Gazette: “I’m so excited to have made it as it opens a lot of doors and I will compete against women from all over the world.
“It’s my mum who inspires me. She was a model and always said to me that if you have a dream do everything you can to fulfil it and don’t give up no matter what. Nothing good comes easy and anything that’s easy isn’t that good!”
The Top Model of Colour, now in its ninth year, offers the talented entrants exposure to the world of modelling and an opportunity to forge a career in the industry.
Katrinah is feeling positive about the final and will spend the next few weeks preparing herself.
She said: “I have been practising for the photo shoot at the final and breaking myself into my heels. I’m feeling ready for the final and will be getting my hair done and buying new clothes this weekend.”
The young aspiring model has high hopes for the future.
She said: “I hope to become a high profile supermodel one day like Tyra Banks. If I win the contest it will open many other doors and I’d love to also try acting, singing or dancing.”
Katrinah is confident she’ll do well in this year’s contest, but says she will continue entering contests if she does not win this time.
The prizes up for grabs at this years’ contest include a one year modelling contract with Mahogany Model management.
Top Model of Colour over the years has produced a number of top models that have gone on to be fashion designers, actors and supermodels.