New York-based Ugandan-born model Aamito Lagum, who won the first series of Africa’s Next Top Model, is one of the most sought after blackmodels in the fashion world. She has walked the runway for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Paul Smith, Lacoste and Balenciaga. And has fronted major campaigns for Kenzo, MAC Cosmetics and Hugo Boss among others. Lagum was in the country recently to walk for luxury menswear brand Fabiani, who launched their debut womenswear range Fabiani Women collaborating with designer Warrick Gautier.
What are your thoughts on the diversity on fashion runways and in campaigns today? It’s getting better. Conversations about diversity are happening everywhere so people are aware of it. Today, in most editorial or magazine covers, there are models of colour dominating. It’s beautiful – I love it.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career? My latest project is always a highlight for me, like the cover of Elle UK, as well as launching South Africa’s iconic luxury brand, Fabiani Women – the beginning of an exciting new era for the brand.
A model walking for Fabiani Women x Warrick Gautier, at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg. Picture: Simon Deiner/SDR Photo
What is your dream shoot? I wouldn’t tell you, hahaha.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Moisturiser, moisturiser, moisturiser. A good moisturiser keeps you young and fresh. I use my moisturiser for pretty much everything, like removing make-up, fixing my brows and lashes!
What kind of advice would you give to girls who are new to the industry? What your mind can perceive, you can achieve.
Things you’d like to improve about yourself? My patience. I want to become more patient with those who have the nerve to let their view of the world impede ladies or children or anyone different from them. What inspires you? Travel. It shows me the world is too large to only focus on a small picture of myself.
The person you admire the most? My mother. She taught me what it was to be independent and ambitious. It seems like a cliché, but that is what she is to me.
What would you like to be remembered by? My stare and ambition.