Chelsea Ndirangu aka The African Barbie Doll was born in Kenya but lives in Dallas, Texas. She has been modeling and acting since she was seven years old. When she is not modeling, she is either shopping, hiking or having brunch with her friends.
How does it feel to be selected as one of the Abners Angels?
It is honestly an honor. My hard work is starting to pay off and I’m forever grateful for any recognition that I receive. This is only the beginning.
What was the first job you ever booked as a model?
The first job I booked as a model, was when I was seven years young. My mother’s an actor so she got me this Barbie Doll photoshoot in Dallas, Texas. I loved everything Barbie and Bratz Doll and after that shoot I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Not a lot of people are lucky to find their passion at such a young age.
Do you ever get shy in front of the camera?
No, I’m actually the opposite. When I get behind those lenses I’m no longer Chelsea Ndirangu. My alter ego Princess jumps out when it’s time to shoot and she gets the job done EVERYTIME.
What are some of the perks working as a model?
It would definitely have to be connecting with many different people. I get to meet so many creative individuals like me and just being around people that love what they do. It’s a blessing, you never who you’re gonna meet along the way.
What physical features do you get the most compliments on?
My facial structure gets the most compliments. I actually get told a lot that I look like a “real life doll”, which is where the whole “African Barbie Doll” comes into play.
What’s one small thing you could do each day that would greatly improve your life?
Yoga and Meditation. These two things have definitely made a great impact in my life. I think it’s important for everyone to take 20 minutes before their day starts to set the right mood and daily goals to accomplish. It’s definitely life-changing.
What is something you will never do again?
I’ve learned to never take people for granted. You never know when’s the last time you’ll see someone or be with them. I always tell people to let their loved ones know how much they mean to them.
How adventurous are you? Give some examples.
I’m not the most adventurous person you’ll meet. I’ll make a drive to Galveston Beach with some friends for a weekend getaway, but that’s as adventurous as it gets, lol.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
I remember it was my sophomore year in high school, I was sitting in History class waiting for the bell to ring. I had to pee so bad that I couldn’t wait for the next class. I had asked to leave to go to the rest room. I was wearing a dress this day by the way. I get to the restroom, into the stall and I got pee all over the bottom back of my dress. I went back to the class to tell my friends, we laughed so hard the whole class ended up finding out. The teacher asked her wife to bring a pair of jeans and a shirt, because we were remotely the same size. The funniest and most embarrassing moment for me.
What is one thing you feel your life is missing?
Everyday I’m still trying to figure out what my purpose is in life, I think everyone is. I don’t believe everyone has just one purpose, we were all destined for so many great things in life.
How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media?
I’m mainly on Instagram and Twitter. My Instagram is @theafricanbarbiedoll and my Twitter is @thekenyandoll .