Model cit­i­zens Lo­cal mod­els mak­ing it big

Give it up for these stun­ning four lo­cal mod­els who walked the run­ways of New York, Lon­don, Paris and Mi­lan for au­tumn/win­ter 2017!

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Nina Mil­ner An­drog­y­nous style, wit and smarts make for a stand­out.

In the last 10 years, Ice Mod­els’ Nina Mil­ner, 29, has divided her time be­tween Cape Town and the US. Dur­ing her first in­ter­na­tional fash­ion week sea­son, Nina walked for Alexan­der Wang, Fendi, Moschino, Ver­sace and Lan­vin. What was your Fash­ion Week ex­pe­ri­ence like? I didn’t ex­pect to walk in the shows, be­cause I was only meant to be in the US to do some ad­min. I’m grate­ful to have seen in­side the work­ings and the ar­chi­tec­ture of op­er­a­tions on that level. What was your favourite show? Lan­vin. No heels, just flat shoes on a car­peted run­way, which was the best. The venue, the Hô­tel de Ville, was spec­tac­u­larly or­nate and has a wild his­tory, as with many build­ings in Paris. Ev­ery­one in­volved was calm and I felt so com­fort­able. What were your favourite trends? Lan­vin’s clas­sic fem­i­nin­ity, com­bined with boots, hoods and leather. What did you want to take home? The suit I wore for Ver­sace was flat­ter­ing with­out be­ing a par­tic­u­larly fem­i­nine cut. What re­ally hap­pens back­stage? It feels like hun­dreds of makeup artists, stylists and pho­tog­ra­phers are all look­ing busy, while the mod­els look like they’ve been wait­ing for­ever. What were the other mod­els like? Some are open-hearted, some are guarded, but many of them are do­ing great things, like Hanne Odiele’s in­ter­sex aware­ness cam­paign and Ad­woa Aboahs ‘GURLS’ ini­tia­tive for educating young peo­ple about men­tal health. What was the best mo­ment? Alexan­der Wang’s kind and gen­tle man­ner at the fit­ting helped me feel more grounded. And the worst mo­ment? Walk­ing for Alexan­der Wang and Fendi. I was just so in­ex­pe­ri­enced and my nerves took over.

Pa­tri­cia Akello A daz­zling smile and a fierce walk, are just two of the rea­sons New York City is lov­ing this Ugan­dan beauty, and she’s here to stay.

Pa­tri­cia Akello, 24, had just moved from Kam­pala, Uganda, to Cape Town in 2014 when she was signed to Fu­sion Mod­els. Af­ter nu­mer­ous lo­cal cam­paigns and editorials, she was placed with the pres­ti­gious Muse Mod­els in New York City. Most re­cently, she strut­ted her stuff at Ge­orgine, Zero + Maria Cornejo and Tadashi Shoji. What was your Fash­ion Week ex­pe­ri­ence like? This was my sec­ond Fash­ion Week since mov­ing to New York and it felt great – be­ing more fa­mil­iar with the city made for much less stress! What was your favourite show? Thom Browne fea­tured a lot of mod­els, but it was so or­gan­ised and his de­signs were amaz­ing! What were your favourite trends? I loved Naeem Khan’s prints. I didn’t walk for Lib­er­tine, but I loved the colour pal­ette from the lat­est col­lec­tion. What did you want to take home? There was a short, gold metal­lic Ge­orgine dress with a cool key de­tail on the neck that I re­ally loved. What re­ally hap­pens back­stage? Imagine teams check­ing that mod­els have ar­rived, hair and makeup artists, pho­tog­ra­phers tak­ing beauty pics – of­ten when I’m try­ing to eat! How were the other mod­els? There were over 50 mod­els at my first cast­ing – in­tim­i­dat­ing! Then I re­alised that no one knows ex­actly what the client wants. And all of the girls were great. What was the best mo­ment? Just do­ing New York Fash­ion Week was over­whelm­ing, so every time I stepped onto the run­way was my best mo­ment! And the worst mo­ment? Walk­ing down a long run­way in su­per high heels that were too small for me. I’d been called in at the last minute and my shoe size wasn’t avail­able.

An­so­let Ros­souw Af­ter walk­ing in Paris, An­so­let has her sights set on New York.

Bloem­fontein-born An­so­let, 17, was dis­cov­ered on In­sta­gram by the di­rec­tor of Fan­jam Model Man­age­ment. This year, she turned heads at Miu Miu and Valentino. What was your Fash­ion Week ex­pe­ri­ence like? Busy, suc­cess­ful and pure ex­cite­ment! What was your favourite show? Valentino’s time­less beauty and soft colours. What were your favourite trends? The bleached eye­brows at Mai­son Margiela. What did you want to take home? The Valentino hand­bags, ob­vi­ously! What re­ally hap­pens back­stage? Ev­ery­thing from mo­ti­va­tional chats from other mod­els to styling. How were the other mod­els? They’re not that bad once you get to know them. I made a lot of friends from Den­mark. What was the best mo­ment? Book­ing Valentino on a semi-ex­clu­sive ba­sis. And the worst mo­ment? When I didn’t book Bal­main. I feel al­right about it now, but it mo­ti­vated me to work harder.

Chane Hus­sel­mann This fresh face is tak­ing the fash­ion world by storm.

Chane, 16, hails from Bloem­fontein and was dis­cov­ered on In­sta­gram by Fan­jam Model Man­age­ment. Af­ter turn­ing 16, she took her first trip over­seas, and landed a cov­eted Ver­sace gig in Mi­lan. What was your Fash­ion Week ex­pe­ri­ence like? An in­cred­i­ble dream come true! What was your favourite show? Chanel is an in­spi­ra­tional brand and I got to model with Gigi Ha­did, Ken­dall Jen­ner and many mod­els I look up to. What were your favourite trends? The rocket-shaped Chanel clutch bag. What did you want to take home? All the makeup and ac­ces­sories, plus a per­sonal makeup artist! What re­ally hap­pens back­stage? It’s chaos! Ev­ery­one is run­ning around and there is no time to re­lax. How were the other mod­els? I made a lot of friends, mostly from the Nether­lands. What was the best mo­ment? When I heard that I was con­firmed for the Ver­sace show in Mi­lan. And the worst mo­ment? When I re­alised that the whole trip was over! Al­though my feet were in such agony, I had to have a foot treat­ment.

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