Model flies SA flag high

2018-12-11 06:00
Dylan Wentzel from Athlone has been crowned Model of the Year - Africa at the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards on Friday 7 December.

Dylan Wentzel from Athlone has been crowned Model of the Year - Africa at the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards on Friday 7 December.

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Dylan Wentzel is riding the crest of a wave in his career. The 24-year-old model has returned from Uganda after being crowned African model of the year at the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards on Friday 7 December­.

The event, held annually in Uganda since 2013, honours and celebrates African fashion industry stakeholders including fashion designers, models, stylists, hair and makeup artists, media personalities, and influencers on the continent and beyond.

Wentzel was the only model from South Africa nominated in the category of Model of the Year Africa.

“I was nominated two months ago. It is because I got so much exposure from the three major shows which I did this year. African Fashion International Fashion Week, South African Fashion Week and South African Menswear Week,” he says.

The achievement is no easy feat, having only being signed and registered as a professional model for little over a year now.

He is currently signed at his mother agency in Cape Town, while also recently signing with a Johannesburg-based agency.

“I had a full-time job at the airport for five years, but I resigned a month ago. I just decided to take the modelling more seriously, so I gave notice and I am doing full-time modelling right now,” he says.

Wentzel first wanted to become a professional soccer player after leaving Belgravia High School, but changed his mind after an opportunity from friends in the industry.

“I had friends of mine who started the Odyssey fashion project. The one Saturday was their show, but I had a soccer match in the afternoon and they wanted me to participate. I didn’t know anything about modelling, but I told them I would help them set up chairs before the show started. They had another show the following year, in 2016, and I decided that I am going to give it a go. I walked in the one show and it was amazing. It was a good experience to have important people watching you and having their interpretation of what they think of you. It made me feel good about myself. The following year I did the show again and I got scouted by the agent who I am with now,” he says.

Before jetting off to Uganda, Wentzel said he was flattered to be nominated for the award, but also feels it is a wonderful opportunity to win a sought-after award such as the continent’s model of the year.

“I am staying positive.

“It is something that I really want because I am the only South African model there out of all the other neighbouring African countries,” he says.

Dylan Wentzel is riding the crest of a wave in his career. The 24-year-old model has returned from Uganda after being crowned African model of the year at the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards on Friday 7 December­.

The event, held annually in Uganda since 2013, honours and celebrates African fashion industry stakeholders including fashion designers, models, stylists, hair and makeup artists, media personalities, and influencers on the continent and beyond.

Wentzel was the only model from South Africa nominated in the category of Model of the Year Africa.

“I was nominated two months ago. It is because I got so much exposure from the three major shows which I did this year. African Fashion International Fashion Week, South African Fashion Week and South African Menswear Week,” he says.

The achievement is no easy feat, having only being signed and registered as a professional model for little over a year now.

He is currently signed at his mother agency in Cape Town, while also recently signing with a Johannesburg-based agency.

“I had a full-time job at the airport for five years, but I resigned a month ago. I just decided to take the modelling more seriously, so I gave notice and I am doing full-time modelling right now,” he says.

Wentzel first wanted to become a professional soccer player after leaving Belgravia High School, but changed his mind after an opportunity from friends in the industry.

“I had friends of mine who started the Odyssey fashion project. The one Saturday was their show, but I had a soccer match in the afternoon and they wanted me to participate. I didn’t know anything about modelling, but I told them I would help them set up chairs before the show started. They had another show the following year, in 2016, and I decided that I am going to give it a go. I walked in the one show and it was amazing. It was a good experience to have important people watching you and having their interpretation of what they think of you. It made me feel good about myself. The following year I did the show again and I got scouted by the agent who I am with now,” he says.

Before jetting off to Uganda, Wentzel said he was flattered to be nominated for the award, but also feels it is a wonderful opportunity to win a sought-after award such as the continent’s model of the year.

“I am staying positive.

“It is something that I really want because I am the only South African model there out of all the other neighbouring African countries,” he says.

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