BY KIMBERLY KARIATI
MODEL Natasha “Miss Nana” Katsa has urged society to change its negative perception towards models and regard modelling as a career just like any other.
In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Miss Nana said modelling was a platform that could be used to transform the lives of even the underprivileged.
“There is so much that models can do when it comes to the upliftment of the society in their different communities. However, this can be a difficult task because many think that models are people of loose morals,” she said.
“Society is soaked in the belief that the modelling profession is indecent and immoral. Very few take their time to recognise the beauty and benefits it brings to society. It is high time this mindset
Miss Nana said it was not easy to launch her career with the dream coming to fruition in 2015 when she participated at the Miss Southerton pageantry.
“My passion for modelling started at a very young age, but the experience was exhausting because I had no support from my family and everyone else around discouraged me. Despite this, I had so much love for the profession,” she said.
“My first pageant was Miss Southerton and the experience was so amazing and it gave me hope that I am doing the right thing. This pageant boosted my confidence and it marked the beginning of many accomplishments.”
Miss Nana said many doors had opened in her career, prompting her to also spread wings into the world of fashion.
“In 2016, I participated at Miss Ultimate Gym Hatfield and emerged as Miss Personality. In 2017, I became the face of Miss Hatfield. In that same year, I took part in Miss Olympian and was crowned Miss Personality,” she said.
“The nature of my programme led me into partaking in the fashion industry and have worked with Chi Chi the designer, Tanaka Davison, and Chiraq. I also played a part in the Chitungwiza fashion show and Harare fashion week in 2019.”
The 23-year-old model, who is studying cosmetology at City Study Centre, said she was preparing to go to Paris, France, for a fashion show scheduled for next year if everything went according to script.
“My aim is to use my brand as a model to create an affordable product that will work perfectly and effectively to assist ladies who suffer from acne (a condition where oil glands of the skin are clogged) through my project called Tell Your Sister You Are Pretty to help boost self-esteem among teenage girls,” she said.
“I have been able to reach out to girls in the remote areas of Zimbabwe to educate them on bathing effectively as well as the concept of hydration in terms of taking care of your skin.”
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