PROFILE: Unplugging Fashion Guru Stella Nankya

Fashion is one of the most influential forms of expression in our contemporary culture.


Serving as a mirror of our time, fashion is also regarded as a post-modern metaphor of what goes on in society.

Fashion is explored as a creative force, a business, and a means of communication with the society.

Most Ugandans have come up to express the African culture with the help of fashion.

In our weekly series titled Celebrity Profiles, we now profile the South African based Ugandan fashion guru Stella Nankya of StarQT fashion house.

Early Life and Education

Stella Nankya was born in 1988 to late Angelo Nsubuga and Betty Nsubuga at Rubaga hospital in Kampala Uganda.

Her mother was a nurse while her dad worked for an American Insurance company.

Stella spent most of her childhood days at Nsambya estates in Kampala Uganda. This is where her parents lived.

She is the youngest in the family of seven children and this gave her the opportunity to be with her mum who would do some tailoring if she is not at hospital.

Stella was inspired by her mum who would do different beautiful designs that looked .

Stella Nankya poses for a photo while leaning against his newly acquired BMW X6
Stella Nankya poses for a photo while leaning against his newly acquired BMW X6

Stella went to Tank hill Nursery school and then Kisubi Girls Primary school where she sat for her PLE examinations.

Stella’s Secondary life was not simple as she studied from many schools that included St. Noah Girls, Summit College, Ntinda View College, Taibah and Greenhill Academy.

“Don’t laugh at me but the rules at school were very tight and at times I could not abide by them,” Stella narrated to why she attended many schools.

While at school, Stella discovered that she can do business.

“I opened up a beauty palour saloon on Mukwano Arcade before leaving the country for further studies in South Africa.”

Journey To South Africa

Stella’s journey to South Africa started way back in 2007. She studied Fashion Design at Sew Africa College in Johannesburg, South Africa.

With her great business skills, Stella took up the opportunities that came her way while in South Africa.

South African based Ugandan fashion designer Stella Nankya
South African based Ugandan fashion designer Stella Nankya

She started as a model in South Africa in 2007 with a South African based modeling agency.

She performed very well and was among the best models in South Africa in 2010. She is currently signed under the Australian based Moment Models Agency.

Stella’s excellent performance in the modeling career forced her to start a fashion house labeled StarQT.

StarQT fashion house is one of the largest producers of men and women Clothes in South Africa.

StarQT branded clothes include; Pants, Winter Bunnies, Jackets, T-shirts, Bags, Tank tops and Sweaters.


Stella is now the proprietor of Miss Uganda South Africa, Miss StarQT Africa and Miss East Africa South Africa pageants.

The pageants are there to recognize the beautiful and brilliant ladies from East Africa and Africa at large.

Awards and International Recognition

Stella has been recognized on both local and international grounds for her superb and inspiring contribution towards the fashion industry in Africa.


-Awarded best new label 2010 at the Afrikan fashion Awards in Uganda.

– Awarded best fashion designer at Miss Asia Pacific World Super talent Endeavour 2013 in Korea.

Stella is now the franchise holder of miss Asia Pacific World in Uganda.

As a national director, she is responsible for selecting the brilliant and beautiful ladies to represent Uganda at the world pageant.

StarQT Fashion Shows

– Hip hop wear show case in Kensington; November 2008.

– StarQT fashion night at silk Uganda: August 2009.


– StarQT splash launch at Golf course hotel, Kampala, Uganda: August 2010.

-StarQT Christmas lingerie show case at Afrikan awards: December 2010.

– StarQT shop online fashion showcase at Grand imperial hotel, Kampala Uganda: April 2011.

– StarQT purple show case at Steak Out in Kampala, Uganda.

– StarQT Ugandan flag range at City hall in Pretoria, South Africa: June 2012.

– StarQT feather qouture show case during Miss Uganda SA pageant.

– StarQT Qouture show case at the legislature building in Johannesburg, South Africa: march 2013.

– StarQT Qocktail dresses show case during MAPW super talent Endeavour in Seoul, Korea; October 2013.

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