Zena shows talent with winning design
MOVE aside Trelise Cooper, Cromwell has its very own fashion designer who’s already won her first design competition at just 10 years of age.
Zena Daniels, from Goldfields Primary School, was one of only six young designers nationwide to win a design competition in the Upstart Magazine, out of several thousand entries.
For the young designer the win was a huge surprise, and she said she was blown away to see her design pictured in the magazine.
‘‘My mum was really proud of me and so were my teachers. It’s always good to get Goldfields School out there.’’
The South African-born youngster has always loved designing clothes and said it was a great way to express herself.
She’s also somewhat of a trendsetter among her friends, and says her friends often copy her style.
‘‘I like bright colours and skinny jeans. But I just wear what I like and if it fits well and looks good, then I’ll go for it.’’
Her winning design was a strapless dress with a bubble skirt shape at the bottom and coloured blue and green – colours she loved as they represented the sea and nature.
It took her two days and seven designs until she came up with the one she entered into the competition.
And while she’s unsure what she would like to do when she gets older, in the meantime, she’ll get the chance to work on plenty more designs, as her prize package includes fabric and a mini mannequin.
Young talent: Young Cromwell fashion designer Zena Daniels, 10, with her winning design that features in the latest Upstart Magazine. Her design is on the left, closest to her face.