Merab Faith: One on one with miss plus size Maseno university

Just at 23 years, Merab Faith Ojwang is already “goals” for many campus women in Maseno university. The Bachelor of Education Arts with IT student at Maseno University has bagged two beauty crowns, thanks to something she hated before: her body. She had a sit down with The Campus Lady Magazine and let us in on her life, and strides she is making in the modeling world.

TCLM: Give us a brief background about yourself
Merab Faith: Born in Kisumu, I love modelling, a lot of charity Work and nurturing Talents. Above all I am called to helping the less fortunate and I’m passionate about making a difference in the world of fashion.
TCLM: Wow! That is amazing!! What inspired you into the modelling career?
Merab Faith: I started modelling at a tender age and people used to call me fat and despite my confidence, it lowered my self esteem. I’m glad I was having good parents who told me that I was beautiful in my body. I was inspired by some of the great models I used to see on television.
I also aspired to feature on magazines and television. I think that no woman has to defend her body, and she should just live her truth. It should never be about the number size of her pants, and it should be about what you’re doing in the world. What does her brain look like and not her hip size.
Merab Faith takes to the runway during a past beauty pageant | PHOTO: Courtesy

How Merab Faith Finds Balance

TCLM: That’s awesome. How’s life in campus different from life in high school for you?
Merab Faith: Life in campus is full of freedom unlike in high school. I feel that no one cares about us and we have to be self independent.
From childhood to adulthood, high school allows you to gain a sense of what it will be like to be an adult. On the other hand, college allows you to fully take ownership of your time, responsibilities and who you want to become.
TCLM: Two crowns on your head right now…how does it feel? What next?
Merab Faith:It feels awesome to be awarded for your hard work ,the crowns came as a result of sacrificing my time and money. I’m here to change things so that little girls have someone to look up to. I’m here to fight the eating disorder battle that millions of people are having and I’m standing up and saying that’s not okay.
TCLM: How do you juggle between academics and your modelling gigs?
Merab Faith: My slogan is that there is a time for everything. When I get to books; it’s books. When its time for modelling; its modelling. It’s just a matter of sacrifices even though it comes with a little bit of challenges.
TCLM: Talking of “time for everything”…are you dating?
Merab Faith:Currently no
TCLM: What is your ideal man?
Merab Faith:Someone who has a lot of important key qualities. Being fun, adorable, kind, protective, and loving.

Biggest threats to campus ladies and future aspirations to Merab Faith

TCLM: Awesome…as a campus lady, what do you think is the biggest threat you face?
Merab Faith: My greatest threat is that I waste my talents, my time. That I serve not me, but bad people. I am afraid to be tempted.
TCLM: What inspires you every morning?
Merab Faith:Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.
TCLM: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Merab Faith: Well I’m really excited by being a model and a teacher at the same time because in five years, I’d like to be seen as someone with deep expertise in both the modelling and teaching sector. I know that’s something that I’ll have an opportunity to do.
I’m also really excited to take on more managerial responsibilities in the next few years and potentially even take the lead on some projects.
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