Beauty with Brains: Rissikat Bade


‘I’ve approached about a hundred different modelling agencies, from the top agencies down to the mediocre ones. Even the worst agencies still rejected me.                

Newly crowned Miss London and 1st runner-up to the Miss England crown is 21yearz old born in Congo to Nigerian parents. The 5 ft 10 The 5ft 10 model speaks fluent Russian, Ukrainian as well as basics of Bulgarian, Polish and French. Risssikat  is studying for a law degree at London’s Southbank University as well as taking a journalism course with British College of journalism.

She said: ‘I definitely plan to continue with my law study. I never thought I would drop my university study for anything.’Education is important to me and it’s important for a good life I think in general.’In beauty pageants you can try to project yourself as a person rather than just being a pretty face. It’s about beauty with brains'. Before winning the title of Miss London Miss Bade struggled to break into the modelling industry and was turned down by numerous agencies including Premier and Models 1. Miss Bade  moved to London aged 11 from Ukraine and now lives in the South East of the capital near the Old Kent Road.

The budding TV presenter started modelling at the age of 11 and since then has appeared in several commercials, fashion magazines, London Fashion Week and had an opportunity to work with some of the best names in the industry and part-take in many charitable events

She developed a strong interest in acting from childhood and at the age of 10 decided to audition for a professional theatre and was accepted, then spent 4 years acting and touring with them around the Europe. Rissikat is also a dancer who dedicated more than 10 years to dancing pop, modern-jazz and ballet.

Writing is also one of the beauty queen’s big passions and something that has become a part of her life from a very young age. One of her stories was published in a book and sold nationwide in Ukraine. She often takes part in creative writing competitions and would love to become a successful author one day.


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