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Sheebah’s fashion is wearable art

Sheebah Karungi’s defiant manner is part of her charm. Self-serious, she puts in the work when it comes to her craft and this also shows in her well-thought-out choice of fashion.

Sheebah Karungi

Karungi is a highly popular Ugandan musician, dancer and actress who debuted her acting career in Queen of Katwe as Shakira. After quitting Obsessions, a dance group she joined in 2006, she rose to instant fame (some say, infame) upon the release of her hit single "Ice Cream".

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In 2014, she released her debut project Ice Cream, a five-track EP which did well commercially and led her to win back-to-back HiPipo Music Awards Best Female Artist in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. She also won the Artist of the Year award twice, in 2017, 2018, and 2019 at the HiPipo Music Awards.

Sheebah’s wardrobe is an expression of her individuality and willingness to take chances on what is hot and what is not.

Her look is mainly over-the-top, much to the excitement of her followers, who are known as Sheebaholics because they just can’t seem to get enough of her.

However, Sheebah’s dressing is not only about shock and awe, often her jaw-dropping outfits are designed to command attention on stage, and off stage and remind us that she’s her own person.

Her fashion reflects her continuous reinvention, from dancer to singer to actor to brand ambassador and onwards.

With a dress sense that accents her statuesque physique, we are put on notice that she is will not be playing the subdued and smiling presence many men expect from ladies less defiantly confident as Sheebah.

In conservative Uganda, her boundary-pushing style moments are not only geared towards red carpet moments.

Her sense of fashion is essentially about celebrating her sex appeal and keen sense of self with rockstar-worthy outfits that shape her reinvention narrative.

Whether she is in all leather, rocking mini-dresses or decked out in navel-baring getups, she recasts the feminist aesthetic to a conversation about why she is one of the best dressed ladies around.

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