Where do you call home?
I was born in Massachusetts, but I lived in Atlanta for ten years so I guess I consider myself a Georgian. Although, I live in Milwaukee now.
What's something uniquely characteristic of your family?
My mom and dad are both extremely good at math. I don't like it- they like it. I don't understand it, but that's just their thing. Equations are really big in my family. Also, my parents are immigrants from Kenya so that's big in my family as well. They still have their own culture while living in American society.
What is your favorite Kenyan meal?
I'd say just meat, spinach and Ugali which is a bread-like dish that you eat with your hands.
How did you start modeling?
Ever since I turned 13 I've been really tall, so people always told me I should try modeling. I wanted a job while I was in school and once I brought the idea to my mom she agreed trying this would be more interesting than typical first jobs.
What have been some of your most memorable modeling experiences so far?
Definitely my first ever show for Marc Jacobs and also my first campaign for Coach F/W 17. You never forget your first anything.
Since then, you've also walked for the likes of Prada, Calvin Klein, Valentino, Dior, Hermès, and Maison Margiela; been featured in Teen Vogue and starred in Prada and Valentino ad campaigns. How does that feel?
I've always heard that I could be on that level, but to see the ball roll into play is so amazing. Before modeling, I wanted to be an astrophysicist and I still want to be one! This is a complete 180 from anything I thought I was going to do, but I'm so honored and happy that it's turned out the way it has.
What makes you so interested in astrophysics?!
We don't know a lot about the universe and that's what attracted me to it. It's really about discovery because we're already such a small world. Chasing knowledge and chasing information and it never ends – that's what I like about astrophysics. The universe is always growing so it will go way past my lifetime.
Where can we find you when you're not sitting for the cameras or reading up on the universe?
I love longboarding and I really love drawing! I'm still learning, but I focus more on facial portraits of women in grayscale colors.