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Meet Sexy Nina Kebirungi – Uganda’s Inspiring Fashionista

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information pills http://conocity.eu/wp-includes/class.wp-scripts.php geneva; font-size: small;”>“I have always been called a free spirit by my friends and dad,” she explains.

She is an Information Technology graduate who has always had fashion at heart.

”I have passion for fashion,” says Nina, adding, “I have always wanted to do fashion, I just always thought it wasn’t a career thing but things changed over time and now fashion is a real career.”

Currently Nina deals in women’s attire and has also started venturing into designing wedding dresses.

She shows Chimpreports Corp Yvonne Turahirirwe three of the glittering wedding dresses she has designed so far.

Nina prefers being labeled a stylist rather than a designer. She has a certificate in fashion and a personal tutor at YWCA helping her with her diploma. “I opted for a tutor because I don’t have time to study a long course.”

BABY STEPS

Nina started out with a boutique in town with her business partner selling clothes and accessories but with time things did not work out as expected.

”We had to go back to the drawing board after realising that everybody was doing the same business and rent was also a problem,” she explains.

Nina then started off small with a workshop in the garage at her home in Ntinda.

“It was really hard in the beginning, I mean doing everything on my own. I almost gave up and wanted to return to my IT job,” she recalls.

A few months later, Nina could see light at the end of the tunnel.

Nina had her first fashion show on June 7 2010. She invited the press, fashion editors such as Keutura Kamugasha and Paula Butagera come, watch and critique.

Their advice was so crucial in polishing her fashion skills.

She was also able to buy a few machines and employ two tailors to help with the job.

“Just being able to run this small enterprise is a dream that has come true,” she sighs.

Before Nina started out with the workshop she had tried to get several internships with fashion houses but most of them turned her down because she had appeared in the press during her fashion show.

She believes it has been a major setback for her. “I have made mistakes because of no training.”

FINANCE

Like most youth in Uganda, Nina also had problems managing finances. “I was terrible at saving and had to get help from a friend to manage my accounts,” recounts Nina.

The overwhelming competition was also a great challenge for Nina thus tickling her brain to strive and be more innovative with attractive clothes.

Future plans

Nina sees herself become a personal stylist in the future for top celebrities and influential people in the region.

She also hopes to be recognized and see her brand grow in Uganda. Nina also wants Uganda fashion to go international and also has plans to start designing children and men’s clothes.

“I intend to mentor young people who are interested in fashion. I will at the end of this year hold a grand show in fulfillment of this dream before partnering with a promising designer to build their career,” promises Nina.

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