What do Huddah, Michael Kors and Harper’s Bazaar have in common? A lot apparently
Huddah isn’t Kenya’s first transplant in the land of milk and honey, that we shall call Los Angeles for the purposes of this article. Many Kenyans have gone before her (most notably Lupita Nyong’o, Edi Gathegi who are currently making bank in Hollywood) and she won’t be the last.
She, however, is the most recent Kenyan celebrity to be featured in a publication of International renown. Huddah looks absolutely stunning in a shimmering purple Micheal Kors outfit in the current issue of Harper’s Bazaar, one of America’s foremost publications in Fashion and Beauty.
She is featured in an article by Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians) titled “Crazy Rich Angelenos” that features other transplants from across the world. The article features two other women, Adinda Bakrie and Mireya Rios, like Huddah who are trying to break boundaries and reinvent themselves while following their dreams. Kevin describes these three women as Charlie’s Angels, who are part and parcel of the City of Angel’s age of renaissance.
In the feature, she speaks about growing up poor, her celebrity status in Nairobi and “a Huddah Cosmetics U.S. flagship stocking her popular liquid lipsticks and eye shadow palettes for darker skin tones. (sic)”
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I had the privilege of profiling these three amazing women for the September issue of @harpersbazaarus, and the bonus was getting to pretend that I was James Bond for a few minutes. Click the link on my bio line to read the story. Photographer: @dennisleupold Fashion Editor: @menamorado Hair: @peter.savic Makeup: @valgherman Editor: @alisonssscohn
“I grew up in a very nice environment,” Huddah deadpans, her deep smoky accent sounding like a cross between Lauren Bacall and Karl Lagerfeld. “The only thing we had was poverty. The only thing we didn’t have was food. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an independent woman, and I saw an opportunity to start my own business and help other women feel beautiful.” – Harper’s Bazaar.
She currently splits her time between Abu Dhabi, Monaco, Atlanta or Shanghai. A beauty entrepreneur Kevin describes as a “person who exists in perpetual motion.”
You can keep up with Huddah on her Instagram page.