Tafadzwa Zimoyo Arts Reporter
Whereas things are not so rosy in the modelling industry with some claiming it is not paying, local fashion male model Irvine Jabangwe has managed to break through and is now plying his trade on the international scene. Jabangwe’s modelling year has started on good note as he has clinched major deals with some of the local and regional designers and fashionistas who want to work with him.
Recently he signed a deal with top men botique Jan Jam Men’s wear and the sole proprieter Cynthia Bizure is now managing him. “It is good to work with those who have a passion for fashion. He is a brand and we will help him live his dream,” she said.
The 24-year-old is set to leave the country for the international fashion show in United Kingdom and got another deal for USA-Africa fashion magazine where he is expected to submit his portfolio soon.
Regionally he is expected to participate in some of the fashion shows which feature local designers in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania. In an interview, Jabangwe said he is now living his dream.
“I am so excited with what is happening in my life right now, especially when it comes to modelling. God is opening doors for me and I am thanking my management team for all what they have been doing. I have applied to several modelling schools and scholarships and I can say the responses so far are resounding. My dream is to make it big on international scene like how Nyasha Matonhedze started as the face of Louis Vutton years back. If girls can do it why us boys follow suit,” he said.
Jabangwe believes Africa has what it takes to produce strong and stunning models.
“I have always had a passion for modelling since I was a child but because where I come from people do not understand it, I faced resistance within my community,” he said.
He said focuses on fashion runway.
“As models we should support each other just like how others do it in sport or any other profession. Stick to what you want and you will one day get it. For me it is about just looks and working out. We should not be ignorant but try grab opportunities,” he said.
“Respect yourself, your job and do not rush into anything. I am currently working on my brand together with my team and we will change the world. We want to remove that perception that modelling is for failures or loose girls and boys,” he said.
The tall fashion model said his role model is late father.
“I am my father’s replica. He loved fashion too and he inspired me to be better and challenge for the best. I also get inspiration from David Beckham,” he said.
Jabangwe has done adverts for Ster Kinekor, Edgars, Castle Lager, Jan-Jam and photo-shoots for some local designers.
Apart from fashion modelling, Jabangwe is a qualified photographer and holds a degree in Video and Editing Production. He is also featuring in an upcoming television show Fashion Couture, directed by Simon Mungazi which focuses on fashion trends.