An Exclusive Interview With New York based Supermodel Akello Patricia

Coming from a community that made me think I didn’t have what it took, lets say too dark or too tall because they had this “beauty standard” idea put in place made me lose my self esteem….”

1. Who is Akello Patricia?

Akello Patricia (Tricia Akello) is a high Fashion model cut and raised in uganda currently based in New York represented by Muse models NY, M4M Germany, First models London, Select Paris and Milan, fusion South Africa and JMM uganda as my mother agent. Began my modeling career in 2014 when I moved to South Africa, two years later moved to New York  one of the biggest modeling markets in the world and since then i have been a full time model. 

2. Why did you choose modeling as a career?

From childhood I wanted and always had a dream that maybe one day I would become that one great super model and the fact that my family saw it in me before it all became a reality was mind blowing. I believe one is always destined for something in their life and modeling was for me and when the opportunity came my way I grabbed it with two hands and without any hesitation.

Patricia at a recent shoot for Nike.
Patricia at a recent shoot for Nike.

3. What challenges did you face while starting your career as a model?

Coming from a community that made me think I didn’t have what it took, lets say too dark or too tall because they had this “beauty standard” idea put in place made me lose my self esteem and it was a challenge to over look all the negativity or confidence issues I had. The other challenge was to cope with the new environment far away from home with no relative and no friends it was hard at the start. Oh! and when i had to travel I barely had enough money for my needs 

4. What was your breakthrough point?

From the moment I got the phone call from my mother agent Joram that an agency in South Africa was representing me everything started falling in place; I got to travel, I worked with amazing people, shot big campaigns, started seeing myself in magazines that I had worked with so yeah that was my breakthrough point.

 

 

5. What do you consider your greatest milestones in the industry?

I got to travel to new places, i have been to Europe, Asia, some Caribbean countries, Africa and also been around the States, worked with big beauty brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown, Fenty by Rihanna, hair brands, Met and worked with amazing people, been featured in magazines, walked fashion shows I can go on and on.

6. Through your experience, what are some of the values/principles that can help a young dreamer have a great career?

Know your worth, learn how to love and appreciate yourself before anyone does, be humble and its always good to show your gratitude, professionalism is also key to having a great career.

7. We understand you spend alot of time abroad, what do you miss most about Uganda?

I miss my family and  friends, the food (Ugandan food is EVERYTHING!).

8. With your success in the industry, you probably want to give back to your roots, how do you plan on doing so?

Whenever I get the opportunity or time to come home (Uganda) I do charity with Dignity For A Girl (DFAG) an NGO in Northern Uganda that I cofounded with my sister Brenda to keep and empower girls in school by training them to become future leaders, powerful inspirational women and about feminine health/hygiene, we also provide hygiene products like reusable pads.

Akello Patricia shares a photo moment with beneficiaries of the charity program.
Akello Patricia shares a photo moment with beneficiaries of the Dignity For A Girl Charity program in Northern Uganda.

9. What opportunities are there for young Ugandan models?

There’re so many opportunites for Ugandan models in Uganda and different parts of the world, one can be a beauty model, editorial, hand/leg model or commercial model its just finding what one is good at and open or willing to try.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?  

I’m that one person that takes one day at a time but in ten years I see my self healthy, God willing maybe I’ll have a family of my own and running my own business like a boss lady.

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