The recent Mzuzu Fashion Week has opened doors for models in the city to showcase their skills for exposure into the corporate world.
Fourteen models, most of them students and graduates from University of Malawi (Unima), Mzuzu University (Mzuni), Catholic University of Malawi (Cunima) and University of Livingstonia (Unilia), were selected to strut the runway at Grand Palace Hotel for four days last week.
Prior to the event, the models underwent training for six weeks. The models were promised K30 000 each for their photos to be published as a collection and K15 000 allowances for modelling.
In random interviews, the models indicated that apart from beauty parades in their respective schools the creative sector does not offer them much opportunity for modelling.
Rosa Mwangonde, a graduate of Cunima, said the inception of Mzuzu Fashion Week has given her an opportunity to further her modelling career.
The one-time brand ambassador for Cathy Kamthunzi said before the fashion shows in the city she was lacking a platform to expose her modelling skills.
“We are not just wearing people’s designs for the sake of it. We are exposing ourselves to brands like Airtel and banks to model for their products in mediums like billboards,” said the 21-year-old who has modelled for Winter Ankara Fashion Expo (Wafe) a few years back.