By Ndungu Gachane
There are myths and misconceptions that modelers are just a bunch of sly queens whose only objective in life is to show case what their mamas gave them.
But that is not the case with Mary Jones Wambui; a 25- year old graduate of Kenyatta University with a degree in Environmental Science who chose to become a commercial runway model.
Ms Wambui popularly known as Mary Jones narrates that she has not practiced as an environmental scientist as a career since nature took her to a completely different route ie starting a security business.
She has been relying on the security business to put food on the table until the Covid-19 pandemic struck the country and that was when her love for fashion hit her mind, conducted market requirement study on designs and trends monitoring as well as entry strategy and target market.
She says although modelling has been a satisfying experience, it has not been a walk in the park but encourages that when one is driven by passion he must possess virtues such as perseverance, hard work and humility.
“The journey for me has been amazing, from a trainee to a trainer, high fashion model and a judge. I took a break from last year to concentrate on the business but I promised to resume this year and it’s been amazing,” Mary Jones told Kkonlinenews.co.ke.
On May this year, the ambitious and industrious woman established MJ Closet, a company with a theme of satisfying diverse market, dealing with custom made designs, versatile and ready to give sophisticated outfits to clients and advising them how to dress different bodies such as curvy, slender, hourglass among others.
Ms Wambui is also alive to her course and other than being a stylist, she is also working with Lieuten Green Movement to conserve Aberdare Forest which is a water catchment area.
A lover of Country music, the runway model is also on her way to start a country podcast and you tube vlogs in bid to venture in entertainment industry
She yearns to have a country that recognizes youth by giving them opportunities and incentives to help them invest and create of opportunities.
“I would love to see that young people are recognized and given opportunities to create a better world, a country which gives incentives to the youths so that they can invest, expand the market and create opportunities and that is the main reason I chose to do business rather than seeking employment,” she added.
Ms Jones is a go getter, she does not have the fear of unknown and she challenges many youth to go to school not to seek employment but to do business, think fashion, think MJ CLOSET.