International models who signed up for Malawi Fashion Week (MFW) are optimistic about the upcoming Malawi Fashion Week set to take place on May 30 to June 3.
Zambian model Amanda Limpic said in an interview through Facebook that the fashion week is a great opportunity for models.
“It’s such a great opportunity for the Malawian models to grab hold and be a part of the first ever Malawi Fashion Week. From this experience the biggest thing they should do is learn and have a lot of fun as modelling is about enjoyment. It may be work but for your talent to shine through you need to enjoy it. Malawians should be proud of this achievement especially that they have models and designers from different countries wanting to be a part of it,” said Limpic.
She said she is glad to be a part of the fashion week because she loves experiencing different cultures and looks forward to the different talent that will be showcased at the fashion week.
Alice Rolands Musukwa, 25, another Zambian model who represented that country during the Miss Universe 2010, said she registered for MFW for more exposure and learn more about the local fashion industry.
“I have been doing modelling for the past eight years. I have participated in several South African fashion weeks during my four year stay in the rainbow nation where I was working with Heads Modelling Agency. I went back to Lusaka in 2010 where since then, I have almost attended all fashion weeks or events,” said Musukwa who works as Director of Miss Teen Zambia.
“The fact that I have never heard of fashion shows in Malawi, compelled me to register and I am sure, I will be successful. Again, I wanted to be among the first Zambians to participate in Malawi fashion shows.
“We can also trade designers or models or even organising fashion shows together. We can use such a platform to share ideas as well. Other than that, my participation in MFW will give me exposure to the other parts of the world, it will be another page in my portfolio,” she said.
According to MFW executive personal assistant- Esther Yasini, 11 models have so far registered to take part in the maiden Malawi Fashion Week.
“They are five from Zambia: Amanda Emily Limpic, Kate Mwendafilumba, Naomi Eneless Banda, Memory Sankalimba and Alice Musukwa then one from South Africa, Neetasha Singh who is also one of our model trainers, then two from Botswana, Nature Inger and Michelle Chikazunga, one from Ghana, Julee Djoulbe Bocoum, and one from Kenya, Ingred Awour then lastly Phiona Guga from UK.
Meanwhile, MFW will be hosting a second round of auditions due to an overwhelming response from designers wishing to take part.
“Due to the overwhelming response we have received from fashion designers across the globe, it has become necessary to hold a second round of auditions for models. The auditions will be held on Saturday, March 9th 2013 at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe from 8am until 6pm,” reads a statement from the organisers.
“As usual, MFW 2013, subscribes to international norms and standards such as the acceptable official age is 18, height requirements of 1.70cm and allied requirements of waist, bust, hip and weight. Please register at www.malawifashionweek.net under registration process before the Friday, March 8th by close of business in order to be considered for the auditions,” it adds.