BY CHIEDZA MAZHAGARA
BULAWAYO-based model, Ruvimbo Kelly Ndlovu believes that for one to be successful, hard work and determination should be the major driving forces.
Ndlovu, whose passion for modelling started at a tender age, told NewsDay Life & Style that after being crowned Miss Valentine Zimbabwe early this year she realised that working extra hard was the only way to make it in life.
“Previously, I would just go for photoshoots, marketing myself on social media, but all did not go well and I decided to do pageantry. Earlier this year I joined the Miss Valentine Zimbabwe contest and to my surprise I managed to be crowned Miss Valentine Zimbabwe 2022. I believe this was because of the determination I had,” Ndlovu said.
The 20-year-old model said her strength came from the fact that she believed she could be anything and could achieve it through hard work.
The talented model said there was a lot of talent in both young men and women, however, there was need for more exposure and sponsorship to inspire emerging talent.
“I believe there is need for more workshops to be done, especially in rural areas so that there is a chance for mixing and mingling of both those models who have made it and the ones who are still up-and-coming,” she said.
Ndlovu added that she was working with other models on a campaign to eradicate the abuse of models.
The campaign comes after discovering that most models, especially females, were being labelled and stereotyped as prostitutes.
“I strongly think spreading the word against this labelling of models will save us from this emotional abuse and I believe people will get to know that modelling is not related to any form of prostitution.”
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