Achieng Agutu

Kenyan confidence queen.

Elissa Noblitt - Author

May 24 2024, Published 3:00 p.m. ET

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If you're looking for a new internet bestie who exudes confidence, style, and all-around good vibes, look no further than Achieng Agutu. The Kenyan influencer is breaking barriers in every sector, from becoming a Sports Illustrated 2024 Rookie to hosting Amazon Prime's The Tastemakers, which is being described as Gen Z's version of The View. Aside from her successes, Achieng is just genuinely a wonderful creator to follow — it's no wonder that her positivity and style have earned her over a million followers across her social media platforms.

Distractify chatted with Achieng to learn about her favorite Kenyan dish, her biggest distractions, and more.

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Talk about the moment you felt like you had "made it".

AA: When I saw the physical copy of Sports Illustrated with me and all the beautiful women... seeing that I have made it and done what I set out to do!

If you could switch lives with any celebrity for a day, who would it be and why?

AA: Nobody. I am the celebrity of my life.

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If you could invite anyone to take part in your "confidence tour," who would you pick?

AA: Keke Palmer! She exudes all things Black woman excellence. Her confidence.

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What's your hottest hot take?

AA: Pineapples belong on pizza!

What is one photo from your camera roll that makes you laugh every time you see it?

AA: There is a meme with a baby pointing up as his mother asks, "Who wants to go to the Four Seasons hotel?"

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You've made so many incredible accomplishments so far in your career — what are you most proud of?

AA: I am proud of so many things. Very proud of how things have turned out, such as my career, and the career goals I've hit. So proud that I have a platform where people can feel seen, cry, laugh, and feel excited when they come to my page and leave feeling good.

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Shout out one of your favorite fellow creators!

AA: Deandre Brown — so fabulous and amazing. As a Black gay man, he has shattered so many stereotypes. He is fabulous, fun, successful, and cool!

Tell us about your favorite Kenyan dish.

AA: It is Ugali, which is the equivilance of maize fufu with sauteed kale and a whole fried tilapia fish.

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Who's the most famous person who has ever DM'd you?

AA: Taraji P. Henson and Savannah James.

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How does it feel to have become an inspiration to women all over the world?

AA: It is exciting because I love women so much, and them wanting to better themselves, and being a girl's girl. It feels lit!

Share your top three desert-island necessities.

AA: Neutrogena Sport Active sunscreen, Topicals lip balm, and crisp water from Poland Springs.

What’s your No. 1 distraction?

AA: It is Bridgerton and TikTok and all the fabulous creators there.

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