I could actually make a living from modelling’
In the world of modelling, there are different categories; bikini, clothes, and fullfigured models.
It is not only females who are in the modelling industry, but males also model. One such per s on is Kelvi n Mnyakeni. Kelvin is a 23- years- old, who was born and raised in Manzini Fairview north. He is an indep end en t model, and is currently doing his final year in BScin F o o d S c ien ce Nutrition a n d Technology at the University of Swaziland, L u y e n g o Campus. Kelvin says he discovered himself after he started working out, and thought why not. He says he then asked his friends if it was a good idea, and they were so supportive. They encouraged him to try it out. Kelvin then asked a friend who was registered under Top Models Swaziland Agency to connect him with Director of Top Models, Mbali Manana and the rest ,as they say, is history.
“Mbali welcomed me with open arms and gave me lessons, which marked the beginning of my modelling journey.” he said. Kelvin was under Top Models from 2011 to 2016 and after that he became an independent model.
Kelvin mentioned that to him, modelling is not just a hobby but a serious career. “This is a little hard to tell when you are a male model,and in a place where it is less recognized. But we really are thankful that it is changing now.”
However, he realised that this is serious business for him when he got a modelling job that finally got him paid for the first time; which was back in 2014 on the grand opening of the KM III International Airport. “It felt so good because in a career like this one, especially when you are still new; there is usually no pay, so after that job I realised that okay so if I could get more paying jobs like this one, I could actually live off of modelling,” he emphasised.
Favourite Shoot, Campaign
In any career choice, there are those moments one would want to remember and appreciate. For Kelvin, his favourite shoot was the one he did with Yes-ir Photography. “Hehe every shot was a good picture and I enjoyed the location as we were shooting in the middle of the main road with traffic passing left and right.” he added. Travelling
In the world of modelling, there is a lot of traveling. Kelvin agreed that he has travelled a bit in his line of work. “Yes I do travel and know that I am still going to travel more,”