Ever since Lysa started, it has always been the dream to honor and celebrate creatives in the fashion and beauty industry. At first, the content we put out featured creatives in the international scene with a hint of the African scene. However, our directive has changed a great deal because we decided to tap into the African scene especially the Kenyan creatives. It is still mind-blowing today to see the vast and diverse creatives present in Kenya. The magic put out in the different creative lanes is extremely overwhelming and heart-warming. There is an appreciation of culture, originality, identity and risks being taken to curate remarkable content that has the ability to impact nations. If you’re not aware of these creatives, you need to plug in.
Plug into creatives like My Fingers Just…
There is a stigma surrounding the choice of what a man decides to do as a career or in his spare time. Ask Professional Kenyan makeup artist, Dennis Karuri. He told us here,” Makeup is not viewed as a ‘proper’ career. It is not considered your typical technical/manual job that a man should be doing. Neither is it considered as a career that can make one rich.” However, he turns around this stereotype set by society and pursues his dreams and passion and that’s exactly what My Fingers Just is doing.
The man behind My Fingers Just is called Wahiu and we came across him, guess where? On our Instagram page of course. He is what we would define as an interesting display of character defying the odds serving as a muse.
What’s My Fingers Just Story?
So as he put it, ‘You wand the t and nothing but the t’. Here it is;
Well I play to make y’all eat. I mean it as service is something I do best and diligently. Service to me is serving looks, serving creativity, serving shade and puns and captions. It’s a way of showing those out there like me who are shy and were always made fun of that you can be a bombshell.
Honestly, I have really come from far. I always knew I loved and had an eye for fashion. My mum would style me and in turn I styled her and my younger sibling. Not only that, but I was also very passionate about the camera. I would love playing with it and say, “nikune pisa” – translated to “take me a picture”. My best discovery was probably ANTM hosted by Tyra Banks. I have watched each and every episode and through it I saw myself getting my life together. I saw myself being in front of the camera, working for brands and serving looks and neck crackling along the way. Nyle Dimarco, the first ever deaf to win on the show is such an inspiration. This guy gives you tens and nothing less. He knows looks are not enough and you need to put in the hard work.
On the other hand, loving myself has been a journey.
I mean you can’t ooze love out to others if deep down you are plotting against your very own self. I always wanted to be what people wanted me to be (being nice can get you killed, I know that). However, it reached a point, I got more self-aware and appreciated myself.
Some of my concepts happen on set while others I see something and I construct around it. I was scared at first to speak out my creative ideas because I was scared of how the photographers would react. I always want to season a shoot but I didn’t know if I was allowed to tell the photographer, “I don’t like this, can we do it this way”. But when I finally spoke up, I brought it and it felt freeing. My first photo shoot was with Karanja. The response I got on my page and the feeling just made me want more; it was like sugar and I love me some sugar.
I love all my creative projects especially the pins and African King Edition.
The pins idea was something I said I must do. Reason behind this was I used to be pinned down but now if anyone tries to do that, they will be pinned down themselves.
The African one is something I wanted to do to showcase my styling skills. I used props like bowls and my mum’s shawl. It was just something dear to me because I got to show there is someone in Africa called Wahiu who is making noise and you better listen.
Here we are now. I’m a dancer who loves to draw and an open minded creative who is striving to be a multi-platinum threat to society. I don’t shy off to express myself despite my audience, I live for the t and I will speak up when I feel pressed. I serve and I intend on destroying screens across the world. Make noise until you can’t take it. Sometimes I find it hard to believe I’m actually doing the damn thing. I do at times get a bit doubtful, then I remember, I AM DOING IT FOR MYSELF!
Media courtesy of My Fingers Just Instagram