An Interview With Model Christina Sakala

Christina Sakala is an amazing model who has modelled at many shows and has worked with designers such as Kamanga Wear, Esnoko, Mangishi love just to mention a few, Christina has also modelled for SBM, Chevrolet, Giordano, Iconnect and Airtel. We had a chance to interview her about her modeling career.

1. How did you get into the world of modeling?

It was about 4 to 5 years ago when my boyfriend at the time had tricked me into auditioning for an agency. Everyone would always tell me how tall and slim I was and that I should try modeling but I would shy away from it until that moment. I’m still grateful to him up to this day.

2. How did you experience the first job you did as a model?

My first job was a billboard for SBM boutique. I’ve had such a blessed career and I thank God for it. I was still very fresh in the industry, only a few weeks in and this opportunity came up. I also had a great manager Bwalya Nawa and was under a fantastic agency Zed Girl.

3. What was your first big break in the modeling industry?

Hmmm. I was fortunate enough to have many other great gigs, but I must say that the ad campaign billboards and TVC for IConnect had to be my big break. Soon after that many other opportunities came up and its been uphill from there. 

4. What does modeling mean to you?

Art. Expression. Freedom. I can be whoever and whatever I want when I model. I can express my joy, anger, sadness. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and its true.  

5. What are your thoughts and ideas that need to be done to make the modeling industry appreciated and more sustainable?

The industry has grown so much since I started but we have a long way to go. Change is inevitable and people need to be more open minded. Unfortunately there’s a stereotypical view that models are dumb and have nothing going for them hence the career choice. Others also sadly think models are more or less prostitutes which just angers me to be honest. Look at the likes of Petita Mwanza, Lonah Shawa, Alice Rowlands, Sphiwe Benasho these are all Zambian models who broke the industry and paved way for the likes of myself and others before and after me to sail much smoother. They are intelligent, focused, career driven but most importantly decent women.

6. Shoots or shows?

Eish. It’s probably 50/50 ‘laughs’. There’s an adrenaline rush when you’re walking the runway that nothing can replace but there’s also a freedom when shooting that’s like no other.

 

7. Where does your self confidence come from?

If I’m being completely honest, I’m a very shy person especially around strangers and it often is misinterpreted as being “full of myself”. When I need the strength and confidence to get through a shoot or show or meeting I look to God, when my spirit is strengthened so is my mind and body.

8. How do you balance your studies, modeling and social life?

It hasn’t been easy I’ll tell you that. School and Modeling are both demanding and I’ll be honest when one gets more attention the other suffers. You cant serve two masters. My advice to anyone wishing to model is finish school first get that degree. Then you can focus on your passion. 

9. How would you define your personal style?

Oooh this is hard. Laughs. I’m not sure if I have a personal style but I’m really into the vintage style. If I could live in the 60s I would. The style was so rich. This is the reason I love to shop at salaula the authenticity and richness of some clothes can only be found there (Laughs)

10. Who is your go to fashion designer?

Tjo tjo tjo. I wouldn’t say I have one. This country is so blessed with so many talented designers it’s amazing. I’ll mention just a few that I can’t live without 

1.Mwenge Stephanie kapumba of Lace 

2. Chiza Ngulube of Esnoko 

3. Kapasa Musonda of Mangishi 

4.Chisoma Lombe of Chizo

5.Nada (her last name is so hard (Laughs) ) of Nada 

The list is endless to be honest. 

11. How have you evolved as a model from the time you got tricked into doing it?

The growth is evident. My walk is stronger thanks to Mickley Banda a runway coach, I’m more aware of myself and angles in front of the camera, I have better social skills. It’s been an amazing journey and I’m excited for the future. 

12. How did your love for charity work begin and how has it been so far?

I’ve always been fond of children from childhood but it all began when my school (Roma girls secondary school) planned a trip to Mother Theresa Orphanage. We took clothes and food but what I enjoyed most was playing with the children putting a smile on their faces. That melted my heart and ever since then I visit that orphange every year. My love for Charity work grew immensely and now I work with and I’m brand ambassador for THE MUMBA CHILDRENS PROJECT  (based in Mpongwe) where we aim to enrich the lives of not only the children but the entire community.

13. What three lessons have you learnt in your modeling career?

 1. Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability.

 2. Keep your circle small. Surround yourself with people on the same mission as you.

 3. Never underestimate anybody.

14. Did your parents support your decision to enter the modeling world?

Yea they were, I have an incredibly supportive family. From my parents to my cousins and everyone inbetween. I Thank God for that.

15. What does life look like now as a model and as the person?

Life is looking good. I’m excited for the future and working tirelessly on that. God willing things will only get better from here. 

16. Best advice you’ve ever received?

Trust GOD.

17. What are you future plans and aspirations?

My plans are so great I fear sharing them, you might think I lost my mind. (Laughs). I won’t tell you whats coming but I’ll tell you to be ready. Zambia will be known and remembered, I just pray that God gives me the wisdom and Grace to achieve all I’ve set out to do.

18. What is your advice to other models and also to those who aspire to get into it?

Follow your heart. If you can make your passion your pay cheque then why not. Make sure you push yourself, never get too comfortable and always move forward.

Picture credit: Fortress Media
Kwitu Group
 Kreative Kingdom 

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