Agrrey Dion Okello alias Rue Baby, the second-born daughter of Kenyan singer Akothee is among models eying the Miss Universe Kenya 2019 crown.
Speaking during an interview with Word Is on Tuesday, Rue said her aim is to get to the final stage of the competition and clinch the coveted title.
"I applied and I was called for auditions and later shortlisted, depending on how one performed. The 20 of us went for challenges in the following week. The next step now is the boot camp and then the main event," she said.
"I have really tried because the competition is very stiff, but it's a beautiful experience to interact with such models in the industry. I believe in God and I'm hoping to get to the final stage."
The 21-year-old said her mother has been supportive in her modeling career but rubbished claims that she played part in her admission to the beauty pageant.
"Actually my mother doesn't know about this. I didn't tell her because I didn't know I was going to make it this far. I am waiting for a good day when I'll sit her down and tell her that I've made it to this point."
"I have seen many negative comments, saying that it's my mother that got me into the competition. I have worked myself so hard and I'm also very competitive to get the crown. It is my hard work that has gotten me there.”
She continued: "If I had it easy, then I don't think I'd have conquered the challenges. I don't have it easy. It's very hard on my side. I have to go all out and be outstanding.”
Rue, who said it has taken her humility, punctuality and hard work to get to where she is, thanked Kenyan fashionista Letoya Johnstone for helping her out.
"Letoya took me in and taught me how to walk and pose. She is harsh in a very nice way, so that you get to learn. She can really walk the runway."