Discovering the things that interest your kids and ensuring you shape their lifestyle and growth towards developing them should be the best gift any parent can give their children. Angella Dragu, is a parent on such a course.
Melissa Ashley Kusiima is a 10 year old girl in Grade 5 at The King’s Christian Learning Academy. She started her modeling journey at the age of 8 having been discovered by the Kids Modeling Academy in Wandegeya who have since nurtured her talent and seen her grow.
At just 10 (she made 10 three days ago) Melissa has been a contestant at Little Miss Universe 2018 where she was crowned Miss Photogenic, walked for Anita Beryl of Beryl Couture & Kids World at the 2018 Bride and Groom Expo, been at the Kampala Kids Fashion Show where she walked for designer Tu Cute and also been at the Kids Fashion Runway 2019 where she walked for Kids World, We Are Your Friends (WAYF) and SUKI.
Her mother intimates that she’s passionate about fashion, modeling and poetry. “She loves computers and spends hours creating art and typing on her laptop”, Dragu told MTN Pulse.
“Her dream is to walk Fashion Week Uganda, Fashion Week Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa and Nigeria then Fashion Week Paris and London” she added. Her dream to meet her supermodel idol, Naomi Campbell is still alive as she has New York on her bucket list too.
Her mother is so involved in her journey since she bankrolls every step she seeks to take in modeling alongside the moral support she requires.
“I do background checks before I entrust her with any tutor, designer or coach. I allow her to express herself and pursue her talents without compromising on her school work” her mother said.
Unique for a 10 year old, Melissa sets her own weekly goals and works on ensuring that she accomplishes them. Imagine the determination! She hopes to own her own company in six years’ time, a goal she hopes to achieve together with her sister and cousin.