Chasing a dream: The Inspirational Story of Beatrice AolHakim Mulinde
My name is Beatrice Aol, an alumnus of Nkumba University – Class of 2017. I pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion and Textile Design, and personally, I consider my time there a success. Here is my story.
The earliest achievement for me, at Nkumba, was to be granted an opportunity to study on a full scholarship. This was majorly because I was so good at sports that I eventually became the Deputy Sports Minister in the Guild Government led by H.E. Byansi Henry.
My other milestone was becoming the 1st runner up at the School of Commercial Industrial and Design (SCIAD) Fashion Show in 2017. That event led to the genesis of my other talent discovery. I realized that besides the sports, I really had potential in designing and modelling; and not just because I was taking the course. I could feel it in my blood.
Later on, after graduation, I decided to join Miss Uganda ’19-’20 because, at the time, I wanted to try my luck and also take advantage of my height. Surprisingly, I ended up becoming Miss Purpose – Uganda. Suddenly, I was a queen; encouraging and inspiring lots of youth to discover themselves and unleash their true potential. That experience gave me confidence enough to influence me into joining professional modelling.
Shortly after I got into modelling, I went to my first ever fashion week – The Kampala Fashion Week. One of my pictures taken at that event was shown on BBC, and it turned out to be ranked the best fashion picture from Africa. I can’t tell you how awesome that felt. Anyways, I later on participated in The Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards – an equally glamorous annual fashion event. And, as they say, the rest is history.
Currently, I am an international model, fully signed with Select Global Model Management. I recently opened one of the biggest British Brand Shows in Paris by Vivianne Westwood (a re-known designer). Meanwhile, this profession has seen me fly all over the world and work with some really awesome personalities in the industry. But most importantly, it has re-affirmed the old notion that hard work always pays.
My advice to students at Nkumba University is: ‘keep chasing your dream, discover yourself – figure out what you’re best at, and most importantly; surround yourself with positive people. You see, every dream is valid. You simply have to put in the work to get there.’
I remain Beatrice Aol, Nkumba University.
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