SYABONGA Mpontshane, a young model from Wembley, will be flying the South African flag at New York Fashion Week in September.
Mpontshane’s (17) invitation comes after he attended an International Arts Talent Showcase in New York last month to showcase his modelling skills.
He was then invited to be part of New York Fashion Week after standing out in this talent showcase.
The Grade 11 pupil at Kearsney College, who started modelling in primary school, said he is very excited and overwhelmed.
Speaking to Echo, he said he received the good news that he has been invited to own the New York stage from his agent, 33 and Me Modelling Agency.
He said at first he did not believe it and he is still trying to let the good news sink in.
“When my agent told me I just looked at him, shocked [and] not knowing what to say. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and everyone would love to have it.
“I am very excited and nervous at the same time. This is huge and I am feeling the pressure since I will be representing my country. However, I am prepared to give it my best shot.
“I have even started with the preparations and doing research about this fashion show,” he said.
Syabonga said he hopes to learn different things in this event and he believes it is going to help him grow in the modelling industry.
He also revealed that he will be modelling for three different designers.
His mother, Sbongile Mthembu, said she is very proud of her son.
“This is huge for someone of his age. This is an opportunity that he needs to grab with both hands.
“I used to watch New York Fashion Week on television, I never thought that one day I will be watching my own son being part of it,” his mother said.
“I am so excited and I cannot wait,” she said.
Syabonga said he would like to study IT and photography after completing matric but he also intends to continue modelling.
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