I could ac­tu­ally make a liv­ing from mod­el­ling’

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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.

Mod­el­ling

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,”

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