A moment with Meriam Kaxuxena
Globe -trotting Meriam Kaxuxena is a 24-year-old Namibian model and entrepreneur making waves in the fashion industry. The talented Kaxuxena is currently a catwalk & photography model, competes in beauty pageants and does commercials.
The award-winning model boasts an impressive resume. She has graced international fashion shows, among them the 2014 Angola International Fashion Show, the 2014 World Bikini Model International pageant in China where she scooped two awards – Best Catwalk Model and Best Complexion.
Standing tall at 1.77m tall Kaxuxena was crowned Miss Africa Tourism 2014 at the Miss Tourism Universe in Lebanon.Winning Africa’s Finest Culture and Fashion Top Model was her claim to fame, instantly propelling her to international success and turning hers into a household name.
Like most successful models, Kaxuxena’s journey started as a child who participated in local beauty pageants at school from the age of 10. She continued to scoop a few titles in high school in 2006 and 2007. After finishing matric in 2011, she decided to pursue internationally ramps as a catwalk model. The rest, as they say, is history.
Kaxuxena says her inspiration is driven by the passion she has for modelling. The experiences she has endured during her 12 years in the game made her grow not only as a model but as an individual as well, she says. “Modelling has helped me gain so much confidence and helped me have a good sense of style, adaptability, a positive attitude, excellent stamina, communication skills, ability to look good at all times, and outstanding facial projection.” she says.
Life as a model has not always been a bed of roses. She narrates how she has been rejected several times fashion show castings due to one thing or the other – usually her height or looks that did not fit the profile they were looking for. “While it was disheartening, it did not stop me from chasing my dream and moving forward. It instead it gave me a stronger push to improve and try harder the next time,” she told Pristine. Determined to achieve more, Kaxuxena now has her sights set on entrepreneurship. Following the successful launch of her lingerie and swimwear brand MK (her initials) she plans to expand and take it further. The ambitious young woman is also poised to add gym wear and condoms to her MK brand, by the end of 2017.
In ten years, the Namibian beauty sees herself as a very successful business woman and designer. Her plans include opening a modelling academy that would help young girls realize the dream of becoming an international model.
“Being considered a role model is an honour, but it comes with responsibility as you have to live in a compassionate, considerate and positive way that will inspire the young ones that look up to you to do better. I want most girls to achieve their dreams of becoming a professional model by following the right steps” she says with an emotional tone.
As an influencers and role models in Namibia, she advocates for a purpose-filled life that is built from a foundation of passion and love for the job. “Stay focused on your dream. Don’t let the dream killers pull you down. Do what you love and the rest will follow.”
By: Melania Simeon