What does it take to be a successful career person at a very young stage of life?

Young Zimbabwean model Nyasha Matonhodze have surely come a bit.

Matonhodze is only sixteen (born 31 July 1995) but she does already waves in a trade made only for the brave and committed in the heart. She is being touted as the ‘ next big thing ‘ to take on the world of modeling.

This year, in a list of Africa’s top 20 models put together by Forbes Africa, she came first beating off stiff competition from other modeling big shots like Kinee Diouf, Ataui Deng Ajak Deng, Grace, Bol, Nana Keita, Marika Le Roux, Candice Swanepoel and Mrs Niara.

To qualify For the top 20, a model had to be born in Africa, and must have done a lot of work during the winter/Fall 2011 and spring 2012 summer. This included advertising campaigns, magazine covers, fashion shows and leaders.

Making Forbes top 20 list was part of a regular slideshow of successes, as she continues to embrace life. It is surprising how she does it, but to think that she is in her age already has shot dead a senior advertising campaign directed by famed fashion photographer Steven Meisel and formatted by Karl Temples to fashion mogul Louis Vuitton, makes her story, one of a kind.

‘ Thought ‘ Lord you’re lucky! ‘ It does not actually hit me until i was in a Rolls Royce sitting face-to-face with Miesel, “she told the UK’s Daily Telegraph of the benefits that came with shooting for Vuitton.

5 ‘ 11/180 model was last year unveiled as one of the luxury of the French fashion label, which is found in Matonhodze a worthy face for their autumn/winter campaign faces. Her poise and maturity all her 16 years, making her one of the modeling greatest assets.

Plus, it is her statuesque elegance and sweet-sixteen warm personality that has made her the favorite of most fashion houses.

‘ I will have the opportunity to work with people who are legends to me. People who I thought I never want to work with Not only designers, not only stylists, photographers, and models. What I hope for is a long-term career. This is what I want, and that is what I hope to get, should be seen in the course of 24 or 30, “she said in one of her interviews.

Louis Vuitton shooting followed several others she had already done for major brands like TopShop, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue and v magazine.

Like many of her peers are Matonhodze also overwhelmed by how well she is able to model.

‘ I find it hard to see myself and think I am a model. I feel blessed and honoured to hold to the next step in my career. I have met amazing people to keep supporting me and pushing me further and further. It’s like a dream, no matter how good I am doing; It is still so surreal to me, “she tells New York Magazine.

Consistently Matonhodze have told stories about how her discovery into the modelling world ‘ wasn’t really a discovery ‘.

Her story makes for interesting narration. In 2009, in a school uniform, she went into the offices, the Elite Modeling agency in the United Kingdom and was a finalist in a modeling contest, the Agency was running at the time, signed a contract, and days later, had its debut at the spring Louis gray show in London.

She is also emigrated to names such as Loewe, Jonathan Saunders, Emanuel Ungaro, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Burberry, MaxMara, DKNY, Carolina Herrera, and Michael Kors, among a high, enviable list.

‘ My discovery was not a discovery. When I was 12, I was tall and thin, so I would always get the whole ‘ you must be a model ‘, but I never really developed a serious interest on it until the America’s Next Top Model ‘.

Nyasha audition and competed in cycle 10 of the very popular modeling reality tv contest, and has since that time, gradually built her way up over the top.

“It is serious when it all changed for me. Everything I wanted was pretty much based off the show ‘.

It took her quite a lot of hard work and commitment to get to the top by the efforts of her parents, whom she had joined in the United Kingdom at the age of eight from Harare, Zimbabwe, where she was born and raised by his grandmother.

??My mother, she was a single mother at 18, moved to London without knowing someone. She has always worked hard and see her overcome so much in life has been an inspiration for me. She is now so successful and I want to be like her ‘.

‘ I still have memories of Zimbabwe-falling asleep in the sand, swimming outside, warm in the Sun, and just way of living ‘.

‘ Move to England, I saw their perspective on Africa and what they think it is like, and it is quite the opposite ….

A great admirer of the British Stylist Katie Grand and friends with the Sudanese model Ajak, Matonhdze loves photography and enjoys working with Jason Kibbler and Daniel Jackson.

She has already shot over 90 campaigns, 80 who were shot in the last year. Matonhodze has certainly got her grind, and would not be long, that she would make it to a list of the world’s top models. In view of what she has achieved, it should not be difficult to achieve.

Matonhodze is also signed Marilyn Agency in New York. For a young model to be represented by two different agencies in two different areas, is certainly a big deal and something most models, some older than her, will yearn for.

In the years to come, will be remembered as the young Nyasha Zimbwabean lady who is in modeling, a life-changing career and went to it. whether or not she will continue to remain relevant and respected for what she is doing years from now is a guess, there can always wait, as she continued to walk fat budget landing Centre in London, Milan, New York and Paris.

Cheers will always be high, when you do the other very common circumstances, but to let the fame get to you can always be suicidal. Nyasha is fully aware of everything, and is not prepared to have a taste of sweet-sour experience.

“If not you are thoughtful, modelling can knock your confidence quite sharp. Every day you are judged on your looks, and more so today you are judged on your personality. With this said, many of us 15 or 16 years old, so some girls could really take criticism personally. What we must understand is that there is nothing wrong with us per se, we are not just a right fit with the client, “she tells New York Magazine.

‘ You never know what’s next. One minute you are good, and the next is a bit of a. .. I just make most of the time that I got, “she said in one of her interviews.

Obed Boafo, MSN

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