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I tried out for many things before landing my current gig as News Anchor/Media Personality. I auditioned to be a Radio Presenter (that eventually worked out)! I took a course in counselling psychology because I’ve always been fascinated by human emotions. But then one day, I’m not sure if this was because someone loosely suggested I try it, I auditioned to be a runway model! Now, I’m 5’5, but I didn’t let this bother me, even though the first casting call I was sent to was filled with long legged, amazonian structured gals and guys. I somehow made one of the cuts…it was over 15 years ago so that part remains blurry…

We were all called into a room to be ‘mentored’. We were easily 30 of us in number. One of the mentors, we’ll call her Mentor X, began the session by asking each of us what our dreams for the future looked like. The answers didn’t vary as such: I want to take to the catwalks of Milan and New York during Fashion Week, I want to appear on billboards across the country…

When my turn came I decided to be cliche, because I honestly wasn’t even sure what I was doing in that room! I said I wanted to be a runway model and before I could finish, Mentor X interrupted me, ‘How tall are you again?’ ‘5’5?’ I half asked and answered. ‘Stop right there; you’ll never make it to the runways, so you need to pick a different dream. Be realistic’. Her words verbatim. The room went silent with everyone trying not to look me in the eye. Of course it stung because it just felt unnecessary. Plus I was all of 17 years old…

I’m not sure how I picked myself up from that but something in me clicked. I had to choose to believe in me if no one else did. I’m so glad I made that decision! I would later walk the runways of Malaysia, but that’s a whole other blog post and embrace many a possibility thereafter.

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I never stopped facing naysayers, for instance my stint in South Africa often bringing me face to face with xenophobia, racism and sexism.

We can often tend to feel demoralised in adverse conditions. Granted, piercing words and difficult situations sometimes pull the rug from under our feet. We stoop and feel low as if we are bending under their weight. But you’ll definitely feel better if you try to lift your spirits and also your head like a person determined to take up the challenge. Try it.

Head held high to the week of possibilities!


Photography: @mosmwaniki

Styling: @iamladymandy

Skirt : @republi_ke

Bodysuit: @sashacollections_ke

Headwrap: mitandio by @kwesh.ug available @designingafricacollective

Make up: @rosentongondu

Shoes are a birthday gift from the lovely Shix Kapienga ❤

Location: http://westwoodhotelkenya.com/


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60 Discussion to this post

  1. Marion says:

    I love all your blogs but did you quit writing i cant see your March 2017 blog. I look forward to many

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Hi Marion! I began to concentrate on I Am Motherhood (www.iammotherhood.love) but I’ll now be blogging actively here as well. Bless ❤

  2. Elidah mwangi says:

    Wooow! I’m so overwhelmed!
    Thanks much.
    I’m inspired
    Possibilities! Never giving up .
    Head held high.

  3. felister says:

    woooow!!!!!!!greatly inspired by the blog DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!Thanks for sharing and loking forward for more inspiring blogs..i just love all your blogs

  4. Christine says:

    Looking forward to many of these inspiring posts.. ION, your outfit is awesome.. Plus i just love how you make time to reply to every comment.. kudos girl


    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thank you my dear. I appreciate someone who takes time to read and comment on my blog posts. Looking forward to checking yours out! Bless 🙏🏾❤

  5. esther ngige says:

    aaaaw janet thats so inspiring am 22 in campus at k.u trying to realise my dreams but i got ths passion for fashion though at times i do feel so discouraged coz am persuing a degree in english and literature but what i know for sure is that i wanna have my own cloth line and like you have my bill boards all over the country. i loooove u so much u the best

  6. Deborah Anyango says:

    The post just gave me motivation to be courageous and not fear what the world says. I have been suffering from self disbelief but i will get to believing in myself and not fearing to be different. I know am not there but my journey to being there just started. Thank you Janet. Stay blessed.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thank you my dear, I know we all go through moments of self-doubt. It’s ok finding that it’s so important to get to the bottom of that because if we don’t, those moments will come back to haunt us time and time again. Thanks for being inspired by my post. Much love dear ❤

  7. Naomi says:

    The best part of this blog for me is your stories. I often feel like we are chatting and that’s an element many bloggers lack. kudos Janet.

  8. Darlpheen says:

    Awwwww reading this just blows my mind. What an inspiration piece Janet!! This just uplifts my spirit and gives me an out of this world confidence.
    Many thanks dear.

  9. Saadia says:

    Wow! I always get inspired reading your blogs.you choose a right journey sharing your journey with people who love you most.
    Am a medic by profession and sometimes back someone told me eeeeh stop wasting your time you will not make it in a medical school ,thank God I didnt listen to them .
    Yeah it’s good to keep your head high and forget about naysayers.life is perfect when we took it positively.
    Thanks beautiful and stay blessed always
    Much 💝💝💝💝

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thank you my dear! I’m so glad you didn’t listen. I’ve often wondered why people are so quick to put others down. Keep shining, keep soaring. Much love ❤

  10. Sally says:

    I was introduced to your blog by a friend. This particular post necessitated a response as it spoke to me. I was once told by one of my parents that I wouldn’t amount to much. Sometimes the stinging words/naysayers come from very close. When a nassayers is someone that does not know you, it’s something else but your own parent can be debilitating. I now hold doctorate degree but still fight the words when I think of my next career moves. I think I consider work to fight through the fear of inferiority that those words so long ago brought about. Keep sharing your stories. Thank you.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Sally, what a powerful response to my post. First of all, the strength it must have taken you to fight those words to achieve a doctorate tells me you’re a very courageous person. I applaud you, I celebrate you. Secondly, I think you seem to understand what I’m trying to say, about fighting the noise and figuring out your path. You’re already there…now keep the faith alive more than the negativity. I can’t imagine the pain of a loved one not believing in you but I believe you’ve already won the battle. Bless you, and thank you for sharing ❤❤

  11. kui waruingi says:

    I really love reading your articles,am always inspired to see th positive side of life.i hav had it rough…being a single mum,being jobless…en so many other struggles of life bt am praying and hoping 2017 is my year of hope,great things will happen en I will nt cry myself to sleep anymore.thnks janet

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thank you for your comment Kui and for finding inspiration in my posts. I know it must get tough sometimes but I’m learning that the more we decide what we want and go after it, the better we sleep at night knowing that we are searching for our purpose. It affects all arrays of life including your parenting and your happiness. Give a big hug to your little angel and just know that God’s got you 🙏🏾❤

  12. James Maina says:

    The good apostle Paul said we all have a Spiritual gift given to us from the Heavens. Exhortation would be yours Janet. You do it so well especially because you meet your readers where they are. And yes, that post just lifted my spirits. Nice shoes.

  13. Naomi says:

    Incredible……very inspiring.

  14. Faith mwende says:

    I love this woman.. Humble and cool… Your story is just inspiring… I know my dream to become a model will end up like yours God’s willing…. God bless you janet

  15. Faith mwende says:

    I love this woman… Humble and cool…. Your story is inspiring… I know my dream to be a model will just be like yours….

  16. NDUTA says:

    wooow…i love that,i was in an interview yesterday n i got such a nasty feedback…but that article has really has made me nt to give up bt to go for it…thanx mama Huru

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      That makes me so happy to hear Nduta! Stay strong 💪🏾 Happy to know the article has inspired you! 💙💙💛

  17. spencer says:

    I have always liked your stories.. Your boldness.. Your humor..your style nd everything. You r an inspiration to many especially me…your stories keep me moving even when I feel like dropping everything and dissapear.. Thank you nd may God bless you more.

  18. Jacinta Chege says:

    …. I just love u Janet, being a woman that inspires other women is reason enough. Indeed, you teach me a great lesson; it’s not just the physical beauty but the gutsy attitude of going for what you want no matter what…. Now that is the Beauty that can never ever fade. Will not get tired of saying this Janet, God bless u abundantly… Oooh! I almost forgot: I love your look in those sneakers and a long skater skirt.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thanks a lot hun! Beauty fades, it’s what’s inside that counts more 🤗 And sneakers are my new addiction so that you for feeling me on that! 🙌🏾❤

  19. Rose says:

    That is quite a great story…. You are auch an inspiration. Keep it up.

  20. Chebet Rono says:

    what an incredible journey! Your willingness and passion for sharing of your journey inspires so many, some of who have/are yet to walk that similar path, and they walk through it prepared.

  21. Maryan says:

    I was feeling disappointed with.myself Janet..You are always my true inspiration.Love you

  22. Shelmith ng'ang'a says:

    Eish!!!!this is beyond beautiful.. Again I never realized you have a baby face ….❤❤
    You such a Great woman,mother,wife.. Such an inspiration!!!
    Thanks for the article….

  23. mwana says:

    Thanks mama huru..personaly going through such a situation but after reading this am soo ready to take up the challenge.

  24. Fiona nereah says:

    Always an inspiration to me Janet thanks so much for the piece life will always throw curve balls at us but it is in praying, working hard, never giving up and having hope that always puts us back on track so thank you for reminding us that love you 😍💕❤

  25. maureen says:

    You such an inspiration to me..role model and a great woman.

  26. Alice says:

    You always inspire me .

  27. wambui says:

    Thank you so much mama Huru for the article
    Have a beautiful day 🎈

  28. phoebe says:

    You are one amazing lady..you may never know how many people out there you inspire to be better each day.

  29. beingrosemary says:

    thank you for the inspiration Janet!
    you are such a role model!

  30. Waruguru Winnie says:

    Wow! thanks for always sharing.
    Looking forward to read “the walk on the runways of Malaysia”.

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