17 September 2005

Kenya: Makeover for Champion Athlete


Nairobi — Tegla Lorupe had a session with a beauty consultant which completely transformed her. MAR ANNE VITISIA captured the moment

Let's face it, first impressions do count. People judge you by your choice of clothes and the way you style your hair. By making a few simple changes, you can be transformed in a matter of minutes. Truworths recently held a luncheon at the Sarit Centre in honour of Tegla Lorupe, a world-renowned champion athlete. Tegla was given a total top-to-toe makeover by Salma Palmer, a Nairobi beauty consultant, who transformed the athlete from simple to sophisticated and stylish. Here's how she went about it.


Tegla, a super active athlete normally wears her hair short and natural. Salma decided to put a wig on her and gave her a totally different look in minutes. Salma wanted to make sure that the wig fits right and looks very simple yet fabulous at the same time. Once the wig was fitted, it was combed into a very simple coif that complemented Tegla's petite frame. "This is a look that she can whip in less than five minutes to achieve a glamorous look instantly." said Salma. 'I'm simply delighted with the way I look' said Tegla. 'It's a really chic, fashionable look, which makes me feel so ladylike.'


Tegla's skin was cleansed, toned and moisturised using products to suit her skin type. This restored her skin's glow, leaving it clear, hydrated and smooth and prepared her for makeup application.

Makeup was used to highlight Tegla's natural beauty. Concealer was applied to hide any blemishes after which foundation suitable for her skin was applied. Blusher was used on the apple of the cheeks, lips were outlined with a lip liner, and then filled in with a light lipstick giving Tegla a radiant glow. After the make-up, Tegla was dressed up in stunning outfits that are currently in vogue.

What's hot now

The Falk 1970s look continues to be the trend in Nairobi. This look is a mixture of African, Indian and contemporary. This is a very safari and colonial look. It's about creating history. Clothes are very ethnic, with warm, sun baked savanna, scotched earth colours.

Fabric - The hottest fabrics of the season is linen, denim, chiffon, georgette, cotton.

Accessories - For formal wear ladies are now accessorising with corsages which are hot at the moment and make a stylish accessory to formal outfits. For casual wear, the bobo bags, brass and ivory bracelets made of bone are in. Wedge sandals and mules are also in. Large sunglasses have made a comeback and create a mysterious look.

Colours - Hot colours at the moment are chocolate to milk, burnt orange, dark reds, blues and greens. You can also use one vibrant piece to punch up your neutrals, for instance, a beige suit will look great with a coral top. If you decide to wear a loud, colourful print on a skirt, pant, top or belt, be sure to keep the rest of your outfit plain and simple. Contrasting brights such as bright green paired with hot pink look.

Casual look - For the fashion-conscious woman, if you want to look fabulous during weekends then you must have a denim trouser. You can dress it up to make it look interesting with jewellery and pretty tops in voile (soft flowing linen). The in look is very young and fresh. Denim can go a long way in helping you tone down bright colours that you might otherwise feel too self-conscious to wear. Try a cropped, cuffed jean with a vibrant, fitted tee shirt and a beaded moccasin that captures the colour of the tee shirt in the beading.

Working woman - The current formal look for the working woman is simple skirt and trouser suits in basic colours such as navy, beige in linen fabric. To soften the look add a splash of pastel colours in a blouse inside with a matching corsage. The trick is to look formal and yet feminine.


1. Fitted blazers - The trimmer, sleeker version of the traditional "boxy" blazer is the jacket to own this season. Ending just above the hip, they are easiest to wear with fuller, softer skirts and flatter most figures. To keep bulk at a minimum, slip a feminine lace or satin camisole underneath for extra style.

2. Full, yoked skirts - Full, yoked skirts with an A-line hem are the most fashion-forward bottoms of the season. Most land at or just below the knee, although some do flow all the way to the ankle.

3. Safari accents - Whether you choose an animal print to adorn an article of clothing or select wooden embellishments sewn into the fabric of a top, jacket or pair of shoes, the easiest way to update your wardrobe this season is to add a few ethnic inspired accents.

4. Wedge heels - An open toe and open back "wedge" sandal is an excellent way to update your casual clothes for warm weather. A closed toe, sling-back wedge-heeled dress shoe or loafer (with either round or pointy toes - both are still on trend) can take all your professional looks to new heights this season.

Model: Tegla Lorupe

Photos taken at: Sarit Centre - Expo Centre

Beauty Consultant: Salma Palmer

Courtesy of: Truworths

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