|Attending an event in Angola.|
I am simple as a person but demanding as a woman (smiles). I eat and breath elegance and sophistication. For me glamour is a lifestyle and I do embrace it.
|Modelling in Angola.|
When I fully transitioned at the age of 29 then I started to work more. I could resent the fact that I did not enjoy the most of it when younger but all I can think is how blessed I am to live the dream and get acceptance in my country.
I have just be recently recognized by the British magazine HEDONIST as the first transgender model to currently work in Africa and that for me is quite something.
|Modelling in London.|
|Miss International Queen 2012.|
|Exhibiting in Angola.|
With me and few other transgender as well as gay men in the media, world of arts and entertainment it helps our society to see us in a positive light and like us for what we can bring as a contribution to our society, history and culture.
Yes, I think that transgender women can make a difference everywhere and that includes politics, the simple reason why is that with all the things we had to fight for to become ourselves we are strong, determined and fearless individuals so we are basically wearing a bullet proof vest against all odds.
|Exhibiting in London.|
Monika: You have a perfect figure. What do you do to stay so slim?
The main photo: Photoshoot for CARAS Angola magazine.
All the photos: courtesy of Imanni da Silva.
Imanni's art work: