Fashion show to change perceptions

2019-06-18 06:00
Models who will be rocking the ramp in August. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Models who will be rocking the ramp in August. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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Founder of Real Modelling and Dance, Shane Fredericks hopes to change Mitchell’s Plain parents’ perception about modelling.

He was talking to People’s Post during the pre-audition session with models, at the Lentegeur subcouncil offices on Saturday 8 June, for the upcoming Mitchell’s Plain fashion week. Fredericks believes changing perceptions is the only way of attracting more girls from the area into the craft.

According to Fredericks, the show will be the first of its kind in Mitchell’s Plain. He described modelling as lucrative, saying by hosting the event he hopes to expose young men and women to the modelling industry.

Fredericks said parents in the area are reluctant to let their daughters join the world of modelling because they believe it is a scheme for girls to be kidnapped or sexually molested. And that, for him, means he has to go to other townships in order to recruit models into his agency in which he says there is no payment to become a member for.

“I always have to go to places such a Langa, Khayelitsha to get models because parents refuse to allow their children to model. This fashion show is going to be the first of its kind in Mitchell’s Plain but there have been a lot of them in other areas,” he said.

Precious Nemulodi (19), a matric learner at Portlands High School, said she understands why parents are wary of the idea of modelling.

She said there are a lot of reports of girls being sexually molested so parents are worried.

She revealed her mother was also not easy to convince at first but after entering numerous competitions she eased up and thanked Fredericks. Nemulodi said modelling is a very nice experience. For her, modelling is not just about strutting the walk but it is also about learning some things you did not know. She said modelling is not all glitz and glam, it is hard work, commitment and dedication.

“Sometimes it becomes challenging but those challenges must not put you down. Learn from your mistakes and become better. Practice makes perfect,” she encouraged.

Her appeal to parents of children who would like to model is to let their children try it because they could see the rewards.

“Modelling can take you places you want to go to. It can open doors for you. All you need is focus and practice,” she said.

Nemulodi said models whose parents are not really open to the idea need to show their parents that what models put in will be equal to what they get out. For Sydney Kekana (32), from Langa, modelling is a step to a brighter future. He said he has been modelling for the past three years. He enjoys it and is slowly building his profile. He believes the upcoming fashion show will play a huge role in building his brand. According to him, modelling is not hard, one needs to focus on the job and ignore the crowd. Kekana said he is looking forward to the event and would love for more men his age in the township to join modelling if they feel they have what it takes and if they like it.

“I enjoy modelling, what helps me and other guys is we rehearse together just two hours before a show. I wish for it to give me an opportunity to go far in life,” he said.

Fredericks said a venue has not been secured but is hoping to get one in Lentegeur and the date has also not been set for the event but it will happen in August. He revealed that a few retail stores have come on board to sponsor.

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