BULAWAYO-BASED model Tholakele Dlamini is the winner of Zimbabwe Fashion Week’s Female Model of the Year award.
Report by Entertainment Reporter
The awards were held on the last day of the fashion week on Saturday in Harare.
The four-day event, which saw international designer Gavin Rajah participating, ended with the awards meant to appreciate those that have played a pivotal role in Zimbabwe’s fashion industry.
Dlamini of Hunnar Management Agency, was the only model from Bulawayo who took part in the event.
“I am so excited to be part of history and be able to represent every young girl who dreams of taking up their talent and being someone out of it,” the model said of her success.
“Being back in Zimbabwe and having an agency that pushes you to the limits is amazing.”
Dlamini was Zimbabwe’s representative at the Face of Africa in 2010 and has taken part in some of Africa’s top fashion shows, when based in South Africa.
After moving back to Zimbabwe, she signed with Hunnar Management Agency, which has seen her returning to the fashion industry with a bang.
Gilmore Moyo also of the same agency was recognised as a “style icon” in Zimbabwe at the awards.
“I have always wanted to be appreciated back home,” said Moyo who is based in Senegal.
“Having been listed in Africa and across the world has been gratifying, but there is no place like home.
“Being named one of the style icons in Zimbabwe has just shown me that one can have an influence in the area they love.
“If being myself leads to people acknowledging me in this way, I shall continue being myself.”
The 23-year-old manages top designers, Rebelious Klothing, BlinQ, Lorraine Ndlovu of Rebel Bags and Shadow By Sidumiso.
He was a guest model at the Elizabeth Chanakira Fashion Show in 2012 and has also worked with big fashion houses across the globe.
This year’s fashion awards saw South African music sensation Tamara Dey, performing with some of Zimbabwe’s freshest talent.