An Interview With Model Mulenga Chileshe

We had a chance to interview this fun cool model.

1. Tell us about your career as model, how did you find yourself in the fashion industry and how has it been so far?

There was a girl I had a conversation with about me wanting to be a model and then after a year she came across a poster saying “fitting model wanted”. She called me and gave me the details. 
The day came for the audition. I reached the place was told to wait for the Designer. I waited for 10 minutes and then Kapasa Musonda the founder of Mangishi Doll came to were I was sitted and said, “You’re a model right. ” I just nodded. After the nod Mulenga Chileshe become a model. When I started modelling I didn’t know anything apart from putting my hands on my waist and one leg forward. Hahaha..
It was very hard when I started but through encouraging words from both people in the industry and people outside the industry that support my work, it become easier.
I haven’t done much but I am glad to say that I have layed a foundation. The road hasn’t been smooth but I know that nothing good comes without a price.

2. What is modeling to you?

Modelling to me is an art that lives in me.

3. What would be your dream modeling project?

I do not have a dream modelling project but I would love to be the cover girl for vogue or Guess magazine, be the face of Giorgio Armani or Dior, Mac or Iman cosmetics. Anything big is okay with me.😄

4. How is modeling life in Zambia and what do you like and dislike about the modeling industry in Zambia?

Modelling life in Zambia is not good at the moment. You can’t fully depend on it which I do not like. What I like though is that its growing and people are slowly beginning to appreciate it.

5. What challenges do you come across in the modeling industry and how do you deal with them?

The biggest challenge is finding jobs and the greatest challenge is getting paid what you deserve as a model. Apart from these two challenges staying relevant as a model is hard because there are a lot of “models”. 
I usually go for casting calls in order to find jobs. If I am selected for a job, I always ask for a contract and read through the term and if I am happy with it I sign. Being creative and doing a lot of different shoots is the best way to keep yourself alive as a model.

6. Do you have a personal style, if so what is it?

Old school

7. Are you doing something else apart from modeling?

I’m a second year Mechanical Engineering student at Northern Technical College

8. When you’re not busy modeling what are some of your favourite things to do?

I spend my free time drawing, writing or playing games

9. What is the relationship between you and Mangish?

I am the face of mangishi. I am the mangishi doll

10. What five words would your friends use to describe you?

Crazy, determined, confident, hardworking and beautiful

11. Which model both local and international do you admire and why?

Internationally Naomi Campbell. Locally none

12. What do you think needs to be done to grow the modeling industry?

We models need to unite and form a board that will protect us

13. Any advice for those who want to get into the modeling industry?

My advice to those that want to get into the industry is be mentally, physically and emotionally prepared before getting into it

14. What does the future hold for you?

Greatness

 
By: UzaCoona Magazine Staff
Picture credit: Fortress Media
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