Too, Too much

Meet Emma Too, who once upon a time was a hairdresser in Nairobi despite a degree in architecture. In the middle 1990s she was “discovered” and was named the lead model for African Heritage; in 1998 she was a contender for Face of Africa, and signed with Elite Models in the USA.

Glamour shot of Emma Too

Emma Too in the garden

Emma Too, happy in retirement

Being a beauty queen, she discovered, had its drawbacks:

“When I was in South Africa,” she told ModernGhana in 2008, “I was continually being chatted up by petrol station attendants, cleaners, construction workers; so by the time I got home, I had been hit by so many guys I didn’t want to go out with.”

And so she gave it up, hanging out her shingle as an interior designer. And no, she’s in no rush to get married:

“‘Single for life’ isn’t a bad idea at all, just get heavily sedated during the bank holidays, awaken when it’s all over & you’ll be totally well rested and ready to face life’s daily challenges just like everyone else.”

Why, yes, she is something of a smartass.

The late Kate Spade once designed a ballet flat called “Emma Too,” but I don’t think it has any connection to Emma Too.


  1. nightfly »

    21 November 2018 · 10:25 am

    Presumably, no relation to the “cows, hippos, and elephants” tweeter from a few posts ago.

  2. CGHill »

    21 November 2018 · 11:18 am

    One and the same. (I swiped it from her Twitter feed.)

  3. The Other McCain »

    25 November 2018 · 8:47 pm

    Rule 5 Sunday: Roll Tide!

    […] Sex in Advertising is covered by Tyra Banks. At Dustbury, it’s Emma Too and Angela Bassett. […]

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