Fashion Connect Africa Model Empowerment BootCamp, an initiative of top Model & Entrepreneur Victoria Michaels, hosted hundreds of Models at Alisa Hotel – North Ridge, to a one-of-a-kind two-day experience for models from all over Africa ages 9 to 28, who are interested in learning all there is to know about the fashion and modeling industry.
Created to inspire future fashion leaders, each camper gained insider insight into the many different career paths within the ever-changing fashion space. There were Masterclasses on Introduction to Modeling by resource persons, International Model scout, Deborah Joy Barnard and Andixwa Manxiwa.
The panel discussions were both impactful and inspiring. Models took a lot of notes and asked relevant questions that would help prepare them for future opportunities.
Leading women in the corporate space such as Adoma Peprah, Country Manager of Visa, Jessica Poku, Country Manager of Uber, Ayesha Bedwei Ibe, Tax Leader at PWC, Leslie Kasumba Managing Director of SheSpeaksAfria and last but not least Modelpreneur Victoria Michaels discussed “The African Model – Preparing for the future”. This session will help participants grow into Modelpreneurs since at some point in the modeling journey; you need to do something different.
The creative panel made up of Fashion Industry enthusiasts like Makeup Artist, Sandra Don Arthur – CEO, Alexandrina Makeup, Olive Krofah – CEO, Beauty Technician, Victoria Michaels – Modelpreneur, Andixwa Manxiwa – Model Coach and International Model Scout,
Deborah Joy Barnard spoke to the Models on “Opportunities and Challenges of Modeling in Africa”. Another insightful session.
There were brainstorming breakout sessions, where models were made to prepare presentations on what they had learnt so far. The various presentations were very encouraging and participants paid rapt attention during the sessions.
Hundreds of models were put to test during the scouting/model search segment of the event. Prior to this session, they had been taught how to walk, pose, stand and generally make a good first impression at a casting or audition. Some of them impressed the scout and could be given the opportunity to go work abroad in a few months to come.
All of us at Fashion Connect Africa is grateful for the support of our sponsors Melcom, Coca-Cola, Green 8 Capital, New Africa Foundation, Goldcard, Belaqua Mineral Water and hope that other corporates will see the need to support this impactful life Initiative when next we call.