Ko­nan Snow picked for Fash­ion Week

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - ME­GAN GATTEY

Ko­nan Snow had never walked a run­way in his life un­til he gave it a go at the Miro­moda Com­pe­ti­tion and Run­way Show at Pataka last month.

Yet the Kapiti College 15-yearold, along with le­gal ex­ec­u­tive stu­dent and mother of one Riki­tia Hol­loway from Otaki, showed enough tal­ent on the run­way to win another mod­el­ling ex­pe­ri­ence.

They were se­lected to walk in the Miro­moda Show­case at New Zealand Fash­ion Week in Au­gust.

Snow said he felt ’’priv­i­leged and ex­cited’’ to rep­re­sent the Kapiti Coast as well as Miro­moda at the fash­ion week.

‘‘I [am] sup­ported by ev­ery­one in­volved ... My Mum, Dad and fam­ily.’’

Snow got into mod­el­ling be­cause of his love for the cam­era. ’’I thought I would give it a shot.’’

Walk­ing on a run­way was harder than some peo­ple might ex­pect, he said.

‘‘I am still work­ing on my tech­nique, as there are a few things I need to im­prove.’’

As it would be his first time at New Zealand Fash­ion Week, Snow said he was keen to ob­serve and see what the mod­el­ling in­dus­try was re­ally like.

‘‘To ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like work­ing with other mod­els and de­sign­ers on a pro­fes­sional level, that could lead to more path­ways in the fu­ture.’’

Hol­loway, 23, said her first ex­pe­ri­ence learn­ing cat­walk was in 2014, walk­ing for Wellington de­signer Sofia Aroha.

‘‘I also learnt watch­ing tonnes of YouTube videos and re­search­ing the in­ter­net for some of my favourite in­ter­na­tional mod­els.’’

Hol­loway hoped to ‘‘learn, de­velop and have an awe­some time’’ at New Zealand Fash­ion Week.

Miro­moda co-founder Ata Te Kanawa said Miro­moda worked hard to in­crease the di­ver­sity of model agences.

In the first Miro­moda Show at fash­ion week in 2009, they cast the en­tire week’s quota of four Maori mod­els.

Miro­moda was com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing an in­dus­try that con­sid­ered the mul­ti­cul­tural en­vi­ron­ment of to­day as well as the global mar­ket when cast­ing Maori mod­els, Te Kanawa said.

‘‘Ab­so­lutely any­one can at­tend a model call,’’ she said.

How­ever, they were ‘‘pleased with the po­ten­tial that ex­ists in places like Porirua’’.

Te Kanawa cred­its a new re­la­tion­ship with Porirua City Coun­cil with of­fer­ing them the Pataka venue for the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion and run­way.

New Zealand Fash­ion Week runs from Au­gust 22 to 28 at the ANZ Viaduct Events Cen­tre in Auck­land.

Ko­nan Snow rocked the run­way at the Miro­moda Fash­ion Show.

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