The people have spoken and the results are in! Kaisha Khadu, 18-year-old student at La Guardia Community College, has won the Wmag Model Search "People’s Choice" Competition by a sweeping forty-four percent. “I feel honored, so grateful and blessed. It’s very insane and just feels unreal,” she says. Khadu has never really identified as a girly-girl; as a college basketball player, she's always embraced her athletic and tomboy style. “I don’t even own a pair of heels and actually never put them on!” she says. Encouraged by her best friend to signup for our model search, Khadu thought back to her prom night – the one time she dressed up and felt gorgeous – and made the conscious decision to step out of her comfort zone and enter the competition. “From being a tomboy and now having to wear dresses, heels, makeup and hair will be an amazing experience. I’m ready for it and am so excited," says Khadu. Read on to learn more about the burgeoning model.

Kaisha Khadu

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Name:
Kaisha Khadu

Age:
18

Hometown:
Glendale, New York

School, Major:
La Guardia Community College in Long Island City, Physical Therapy Assistance

Favorite Hobbies:
Listening to music, playing basketball, playing video games and sketching cartoons.

Favorite model:
I like Kendall Jenner because she’s a tomboy and so am I. I’m a huge tomboy so I feel like we can relate in a way. With her being young and focusing on herself, I find it to be interesting and cool. She’s always true to herself.

Kaisha Khadu

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Personal style:
It’s really laid back and Cali-style because I like Hollister. So it’s more relaxed and comfortable, with my own twist.

Sneakers or heels:
Sneakers. My favorite sneakers right now would have to be my Nike Air Huaraches. I don’t even own a pair of heels and actually never put them on.

Morning beauty regime:
I don’t own makeup at all! When I wake up I brush my teeth and wash my face. I use Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser and Aveeno lotion - that’s it.

Goals as a model:
I want to influence others to be themselves and to step out of their comfort zone. Like I said, I always played basketball so this whole experience is new for me. From being a tomboy and now having to wear dresses, heels, makeup and hair will be an amazing experience. I’m ready for it and am so excited.

Social media platform of choice:
Instagram. I use it every single second of the day.

Kaisha Khadu

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