Meet Creative Director, CEO and Producer, Eyga Mojus! Let’s see what is she all about.
MIHM-Tell us a little bit about you, where are you from and what inspired you to pursue a career as a model and in the beauty pageant industry?
EM-I am originally from South Sudan, my family and I migrated to the US when I was 12 years old and ever since we’ve been happy to call California home. It was a struggle to start over, I didn’t have any prior education and I didn’t know how to read or write in any language. It was an experience but the change was needed for our family’s safety. I love the USA and the opportunities it has provided for us.
After being a basketball player for years, I decided to challenge myself in a new way and pursue modeling. Throughout my life I had always met people who thought I should be a model and, after a while of hearing it, I thought “why not?”. I jumped from a sweaty basketball court to the center of a stage, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
MIHM- You are the founder and director of Miss Mojus Productions, tell us about that experience.
EM-After 8 years of experience in pageantry I decided to turn it into a full career by founding Miss Mojus Productions, which produces the state preliminaries for Miss Grand United States and Miss Supranational United States within the states of California and Nevada. I am proud to say that within the first two years we have had two back to back national titleholders as well as a current international titleholder.
My main focus as a pageant director is to break the stereotype surrounding beauty pageants by creating a timelessly unique program that fulfills pageant’s motivation as a social platform and celebrates the glamour, beauty and diversity of womanhood, while amplifying the voices of the unheard and actively making a positive impact on the community.
MIHM- You are strongly committed to advancing women’s issues, in 2017 you earned the award of Phenomenal Woman of Courage by US Senator Cory Booker and the Gloucester County NAACP, tell us about it.
EM-During my reign of Miss Grand South Sudan, I was working closely with Gloucester County NAACP fundraising money for first time college students. As well as fundraising money towards finding a cure to leukemia, which unfortunately devastates families without discrimination. It’s been a great honor to work for a great cause, especially since I know from personal experience what it’s like to not have money to attend school.
I have always tried to work with organizations where they are making an active change. Coming from a war torn country and experiencing poverty has driven me to make a positive impact on young women’s lives and children, and I hope to continue that legacy with my pageant girls and queens.
MIHM-If you could work with somebody you admire, celebrity, politician, musician, leader or anybody else who would it be and why?
EM-I am usually not the type to spend a lot of time admiring celebrities but if there is one person I would like to sit down and have a conversation with, it would be Ivanka Trump. As a business woman I would say the main things I love about her is how she carries herself, runs her business and is family oriented. I would love to one day work alongside a woman who is a great leader for many young girls.
MIHM- You want to create a unique experience in the fashion world and you founded the San Diego Swim Week. Tell us more.
EM-Creating San Diego Swim Week started off with a fun fact about me: I’m a swimsuit collector! I had been wanting to create a fun event around my hobby and even began the process of starting my own swimwear line. But it was then that I realized I wanted to do so much more than that and that’s where the idea of San Diego Swim Week was born.
San Diego Swim Week is a three-day annual fashion show showcasing the authentic summer experience through luxury swimsuits and resort styles. Along with dazzling runway shows, networking opportunities, VIP parties, and pop-ups to shop the latest styles, it is a diverse celebration of creativity that strengthens the fashion community. Tickets are now live! Hope to see you there this upcoming August at Flora in Downtown San Diego.
MIHM-Define what success means to you?
EM-As I began to grow and experienced the chaos of Covid19, I saw the value of appreciating the little things as well as the importance of making my family a priority and seeing them in health. So, in a way, to me success means being able to spend time with my family.
MIHM-Who have been your biggest mentors in your career?
EM-As a leader I think it’s important to study and listen carefully, that’s the greatest way for us to succeed by learning from the mistakes and wins of others. I like to watch inspirational videos, read books and listen to TED talks or lectures. Some of my favorite role models are Jim Rohn and Les Brown; I love how they carry out their message and how it transcends time, you can listen to it today or in 10 years and it will still be as impactful as the first time they said it.
MIHM-What other projects are you working on right now?
EM-Currently I am entirely focused on putting on a great show with San Diego Swim Week which is this upcoming Aug 12 to 14 of this year. My team and I are working hard day and night to create a unique experience that is beneficial to absolutely everyone involved from our amazing talented designers and models, to our attendees and crew. My heart is also out for my beautiful Miss Mojus pageant girls who are currently competing for the title of Miss Grand USA in Chicago.
For more info and updates on San Diego Swim Week they can follow us on Instagram at @sdswimweek or visit our website sandiegoswimweek.com
To buy tickets go to sandiegoswimweek.ticketsauce.com/e/san-diego-swim-week
Girls interested in participating in the California pageants, they can follow us on instagram at @missmojus or on any of our official pages: @missgrandcalifornia or @misssupraca. To apply they can visit our website: missmojus.com
If you’re interested in sponsoring any of our events, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.