Kat Onie is a Kenyan born California raised Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle model. In this episode of OT’Chik Moments, she shares her experience right from the Genesis of her inspiration to become a model, her perception about controversial concepts like nudity and the challenges she’s faced in the field.
How did you come to be a model and what was (were) your inspiration?
I aspired to be an actress as a child (age 5) and I’ve always loved fashion as it came second nature to me. I found my start in modeling when a friend asked me to be the face of her showroom. I wanted more behind camera experience and I appreciated that she thought to ask me and that was the beginning of that.
What does your typical day as a model of your status look like?
A typical day for me as a freelance model is mostly to do with connections. My other creative friends keep me inspired. We plan new shoots and content. Content is a big thing especially during covid since we’ve gotten more digital it draws the right people to work and align with. Plus meeting genuine people who share a similar passion is my absolute favorite part of the job.
The modeling industry is quite dominated by people who see nudity as way of expressing confidence in their bodies. As someone who is often posing for cameras, how do you see nudity in entertainment and is it something you’re comfortable with?
Nudity has never made me uncomfortable from others but my culture and upbringing always made me feel that I should be ashamed if I were to ever shoot nude. I still have yet to shoot nude but I’ve done shirtless shoots covering my boobs and swim shoots. I’ve found confidence changing that narrative for myself in my head as if shooting nude affects or limits your self worth because it doesn’t. I’d say to make sure whoever you’re shooting for (brand) and the photographer is vetted, make sure you feel like you’re in a professional, safe, controlled environment and that it’s TASTEFUL and shows some artistry. At least those are my qualifications for a nude shoot if I ever find a brand or shoot concept worthy and beautiful enough.
What has been the most surprising element of your job?
The most surprising element of the job is how small of a world the industry is and how close you can be to such a huge name celebrity at the jobs you do and how much it just doesn’t matter lol. These are regular people and sometimes not the coolest of people to be around as you’d hope they’d be.
What challenges did you encounter while pursuing your career as a model and how have you been able to overcome them?
My biggest challenge has been my height. I’ve had managements reach out and then not pursue further after knowing my height. As hardening on the heart or discouraging as it may be I just push forward keep working until the point there’ll be no denying me. So I’m still in the process of overcoming
Having done so much for yourself in this short while, how do you want people to see/ define you and your style?
I want to be seen as exactly who I am a resilient, unstoppable, kind hearted, bomb ass woman with a villainous wardrobe
If you could pick any celebrity or model to work with, whom will it be? Why?
1000% Rihanna. She inspires me! I love her journey as a woman and artist from being bad gyal, completely free as herself. Yet inclusive, caring and a genius creative and mastermind business woman.