We all know that runway modeling creates unnecessary standards of perfection for girls and maybe boys to meet. However, a frequently unstated problem is the effects of this industry on its own participants; the models. The pressure put on runway models to maintain the proper image is a whole other issue in and out of itself. Remember that little girl who told you she wanted to be a model? I would tell her to think again. The ‘glamorous’ life is riddled with deceit and misery. The Crayon modeling club has been on keen look in maintaining their diet of a liquid diets 9 days before important show and they work twice a day ; 12 hrs. Before show, they stop drinking entirely. The diet has a positive impact and that’s why many of these models have always been meeting the standards for the shows they contest.
Not being able to do the above will make matters worse for the new comers in the modeling industry hence very few of them will reach an extreme amount of success in the industry. The pressure albeit shouldn’t be so much high for those who don’t feel like being in the industry. The job of modeling shouldn’t require such physical and mentally detrimental upkeep as the Crayons have always put it but Mr. Phil will ask you, is it worth it? If yes what follows for the Crayon’s is a big win. “You cannot expect 1000 dollars if you put 1 dollar effort in an activity,” Phil said during the interview.
Even after putting so much physical and mental training towards the highly contested Mr. And Miss MMUST in the recently concluded MMUST Tamasha festivals, The Crayon’s modeling club have been baffled if not dismayed by the alleged cancellation of last week Tamasha results. The post for which one of them, the renowned Sam Mdoe was contesting for. Clear guidelines were put in place for the Mr. and Miss MMUST – competition selection of judges who were to preside over the contest. The Entertainment Director Bahati Mongare was to assist in coming up with a list of competent judges, but due to the perennial incurable disease with the name corruption which thrives well in such areas, the current Mr. MMUST – Philip Abuto had mistrust issues with Bahati being the only person to come up with the whole team of judges and raised a concern over this, he proceeded and reported this to Dr. Opunde – The Tamasha committee Chair. Dr. Opunde being a noble person never questioned this much because he wanted to provide a fair competition ground for the contestants. Each person was given an opportunity of coming up with one judge, that’s Bahati, Phil and the School. Main aim of this being maintenance of high standard of transparency and fairness in competition as was wanted by Mr. Phillip Abuto.
Just after Sam Doe being crowned Mr. MMUST to be, Director Bahati Mongare’s speech was out with contemptuous innuendos about the looming corruption in Crayon’s modeling club and whining about Phil bringing a ‘goon’ as a judge who seemed to have predetermined event’s winners and terming the whole event to be a fait accompli. As put by Bahati in his speech, something which was never so according to the people interviewed. The judge whom Phil selected to preside over the contest is said to be more than competent judge who has been in the runway modeling industry for quite a period of time and knows the minimum standards required to be met by one to win such awards. Being referred to as a ‘goon’ is the most profane and defaming vocabulary which was least expected from Bahati who is a public figure not only to MMUST but to the entire Kakamega County.
A Relationship stirred with misunderstanding?
Mr. Mongare has always proved not to be even with the outgoing Mr. MMUST. Though they are in the same field – Bahati being the Entertainment Director and Phil being Mr. MMUST, they ought to be working together to achieve their main big agendas for the school being men of impeccable leadership skills. A suggestion raised by Mr. Phil for Mr. and Miss MMUST to at least be given some token for representing the institution in some official occasions was met by a big rejection by the one Bahati Mongare who was expected to be the person who could push for that agenda to be passed. Just to mention but a few the relationship between the duo has always been marred with constant difference in opinion and is said to be at the end of the totem pole – a cruel marriage whose divorce is being talked over. This industry is supposed to represent the society. A change engineered by Phil will greatly have impact in MMUST as a whole that’s why the outgoing Mr. and Miss MMUST had been representing the institution in different official occasions.
Bahati and Doe
The two had built a good rapport but not until they got themselves in the same competition where both were contesting for Mr. Medic and Doe emerged victorious something which was never expected by Bahati since the judge was a close ally to him. Since then, the two models have tended to be odd with each other and this may have hugely influenced the cancellation of the highly contested Mr. and Miss MMUST. Mr. MMUST to be Sam Doe has been in the modeling industry for quite a long period of time and has largely gained experience and maintained a proper image for his talent. It can be said that that Doe is facing the harsh or the uncomfortable realities of being a runway model. Personal vendetta has always taken the batter part of the talent and modeling industry. It is not amazing to see this happening in MMUST but it is quite sickening. It is also alleged that Bahati had someone whom he wanted to be crowned Mr. MMUST over the same occasion and to his dismay this never happened making him have huge egg on the face.
Doe, the model recently crowned Mr. Signature knows all the minimum standards to be met by one to win these no mean feat contests. It is quite evident that the cancellation of winners for Mr. and Miss MMUST is a witch hunt against Mdoe and Phil. Meanwhile as we are waiting the senate and commeetees’s proceedings redults the main final outcome maybe the current Mr. and Miss MMUST reigning for another one year or the Tamasha winners being crowned Mr. and Miss MMUST. Which one do you think will carry the day?
Compiled by John Aseto.
The writer is an independent blogger from MMUST