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.
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.