I remember the first time I watched a ballerina perform. It was not live sadly but the entire show captured my heart and soul in a way I did not expect at all. The levels of grace displayed was so inspiring and I was so amazed by it all.
I also remember looking at my thighs, my African build and I quickly telling myself HELL NAH! I mean, it looked like a distant dream for someone like me. I did not think I would ever have the opportunity to engage in such a delicate and beautiful performance. I knew it was out of my reach so my love for ballet was reserved for the few moments I would get to witness it on screen.
I got a chance to shoot a dancer, an African dancer, a Kenyan dancer as a matter of fact. The coolest part is that I went to high school with this dancer. She followed her dancing dream and I am so proud of the phenomenal and inspiring woman she has become. Njoki Wairua is a ballerina and she is following her passion while still engaging in her biochemistry courses at the University of Nairobi. Kung’ara Kenya is celebrating amazing women in Kenya and it was an honour document the beauty that Njoki brings with her craft.
Check out the images and video from the shoot.
Photography: Lyra Aoko Media
Model: Njoki Wairua
Host: Sharon Machira
MUA: Abigael King’oo
Outfits: Kung’ara Kenya
Shoot Location: The Academy of Dance and Art
You read more about Njoki’s journey on the Kung’ara Kenya Blog…
Love and love!