By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha. AfroFutures Global Editor-At-Large
Sixteen-year old, fresh-faced, UK-based Zimbabwean model, Nyasha Matonhodze, is making news headlines for her tight African looks. According to media reports, the rising star has been chosen to be the face of Louis Vuitton’s fall/winter advertising campaign, following the footsteps of stars like Madonna and Scarlett Johansson.
In 2009, she won the Elite Model Look. Her stunning looks have landed her in shows such as the Johanthan Saunders, London Fashion Week s in 2011.
“My eyes filled up with tears and I thought, ‘Lord you are lucky!’ It didn’t actually hit me until I was in a Rolls Royce sitting eye-to-eye with [famed fashion photographer Stephen] Meisel,” she told The Telegraph.
Matonhodze has previously appeared inTeen Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and has walked in dozens of runway shows.
“If you’re not strong-minded, modeling can knock your confidence quite harshly. Every day you’re judged on your look, and more so today you’re judged on your personality. With that said, a lot of us are 15 or 16 years old, so some girls could really take the criticism personally. What we have to understand is that there’s not something wrong with us per se, we just aren’t a right fit with the client,” she said.