Michelle Ntalami takes swift action, responds as KOT roast her over plans to pay brands with ‘Exposure’

Michelle Ntalami

Marini Naturals CEO Michelle Ntalami suffered the wrath of angry Kenyans who took to Twitter to express their disappointment over plans to pay small business owners with ‘exposure’.

Many opined that in this era and given the economic situation, it is wrong for her to exploit businesses by getting free services in exchange for free exposure.

It all began when she took to social media looking for photographers, make-up artists, shoe brands, outfits, jewellery stores, hairstylists and even hotels to partner with on her upcoming Birthday stating that she wanted to promote Kenyan brands during her upcoming birthday photoshoot, later this month.

” It is a pro-bono shoot for all the brands and people I will partner with! (I.e no charges) I only get to keep the items that I like, or whatever you choose to bless me with from your collection!😊 I’ve already got the concept, so all I need is the awesome team and brands to put it all together!” she added.

Michelle Ntalami
Michelle Ntalami

Many wondered whether landlords accept exposure as payment for rent and demanded that despite her celebrity status, Ntalami should pay market rates for the services she gets.

In a quick rejoinder, Ntalami defended her actions, saying that her plan was to partner with brands that were only willing and in agreement with her terms and not the disgruntled Kenyans.

That being said, my job is not to convince you that I truly want to support other brands. My purpose is to try and shed some light to you on meaningful business collaborations. Most people were excited and inspired by my post but some were triggered.

“The ones who are triggered, quite frankly have a lot of work to do. The ones who are inspired have grasped the concept of collaboration, brand value and accelerated growth,”

“I’m not perfect, but in my career, my experience working with most brands has been nothing short of amazing. After swiping through my post, I share with you below some brands I’ve worked with, ranging from small, medium to multinationals. The key thing to note here is, they gave to me in some way, and I gave back to them. These brands can attest to my value and working with me as an influencer if you ever needed to reach out to them” read her statement in part.

Michelle Ntalami

As comments streamed in thick and fast with netizens roasting her, the diva chose to close off the comments section of her posther Instagram post over what she termed as too many comments.

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