Meet Nivea Debra, catwalk coach and business model


Nivea Debra is a former beauty queen, runway coach and high fashion model.

Tell us about you

Nivea Debra is a high fashion model, runway coach and runway choreographer with a passion for fashion and modeling. I am a former Beauty Queen, Miss Environment Kenya 2016. I graduated in Purchasing in 2018 but decided to explore fashion and modeling.

What prompted you to train?

I always wanted to be a trainer before I even started modeling, I was teaching models in 2015 with the knowledge I gained through research and model mentors but realized there was more than that and I really needed to gain catwalk experience. . I started as an amateur, I did a few shows in Kisumu, where I lived and studied. I am a very aggressive person naturally, once I decide to do something I have to get it done! I wanted to make a name for myself, win prizes, crowns! And I thank God for being able to do shows across the country, I was nominated and won several awards – I won a national crown and participated in some of the biggest shows in Kenya. .

I officially started my training on the catwalks in 2018 at the University of Maseno, where I was a student and a year later I have mentored and taught around 100 models. I have been in various county training models and am now based in Nairobi where I do my bridge workout every weekend at Maxfit Gym, Roysambu.

What do you like the most about your job?

Seeing a model come up not even knowing how to stand on heels to see them glide effortlessly in heels makes me really happy and proud! The level of confidence they achieve once they master the art is so amazing!

Where do you see yourself in the next five years

I can’t wait to be one of the world’s most sought after catwalk coaches! I already have models from international agencies who train with me, I think that’s a good sign! A dream that started in Maseno, grew in Kisumu, and now in Nairobi! I will soon become global! So help me God! In the next 5 years, I hope to be taller than now, I can’t wait to be recognized as a catwalk coach in Africa and around the world!

What’s your mantra?

Remember why you started and keep the dream alive!

Advise budding models?

Modeling is great! But you have to be very aggressive, picky, professional, intelligent, and emotionally strong, especially in a world where when you randomly throw a rock on the streets it is likely to hit a model.

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