Kakuma’s local scouts play a critical role in this process. They search for modeling talent and share photographs with fashion industry decision-makers, often scrutinizing the models’ Instagram profiles. For the young men and women in Kakuma, modeling offers an opportunity to escape their challenging circumstances.
The CEO of Select, one of the world’s premier modeling agencies, visited a hotel near Kakuma this past summer in search of talent. During his visit, he took measurements of the models to assess their sizes.
Luigi Puglisi, CEO of Select, clarified the agency’s position, stating:
“Models come for shows for three to four weeks. Then they return home.”
He emphasized that these models are not relocated to Europe permanently. However, Puglisi also noted that the agency sustains significant financial losses, in the hundreds of thousands of euros and pounds, due to unrecoverable model advances each year.
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