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“All eyes on me when I walk in, don’t question because I am beautiful,” once sang Keri Hilson. This is the case with 17-year-old Antoinette Swan, who has inspired many young people with her beauty.

She has become a role model at a tender age. She participated at the Zimbabwe Fashion Weekend Show held two months ago. Despite societal beliefs that discourage models regarding them as immoral because of their lifestyle, she is still aiming higher.

To her, modelling is not just for fun but it is something that she grew up being passionate about. Antoinette Swan is a teen model and also a student at Chisipite Senior School. Cool Lifestyle reporter Netilie Marozva caught up with the lanky model behind the ramp as she shares with us her professional and personal life.

Below are the excerpts:

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Antoinette Swan and I’m 17 years old. My height is 176cm and I weigh 59kg. I love meeting new people and learning about different people and their different cultures. I am still in school but when I am not busy at school or with school work, I do modelling.

When did your modelling career start?

It started in December 2012 when I was 15.

Who inspired you to venture into modelling?

My mother inspired me because when she was my age she was a stunning model. Growing up, my mother loved to take photos and I always modelled for her and this further encouraged my passion for being in front of the camera.

Tell us about your family and friends. Do they support you in your career?

AS: I have a loving family that supports me with everything I do, including my modelling career. They encourage me and are there to show a loving face at most of my shows. My family never lets me down, and I am truly grateful to have a family so amazing! My friends also support me, they like coming to watch my shows, and when they can’t make it, they are always begging me to send them pictures and keep them updated with my shows, make-up and outfits.

What do you do apart from modelling?

When I am not at school or modelling I usually enjoy camping, shopping, helping the less fortunate and hanging out with my friends.

Do you have any clothing item in your wardrobe that you cherish a lot?

I cherish my sundresses, I love wearing dresses, especially on a beautiful summer day. A staple item in my wardrobe are my black and floral sandals.

As a teenager and a student, how do you balance modelling and school work? Doesn’t modelling interfere with your school work?

Despite being a model, I take my school work very seriously. My rehearsals are usually in the afternoons, so I push to get my school work done early before I go, so that my school work does not get bunched up and overdue. My modelling shows are easier to attend because they are usually on weekends. So it does not interfere with my school work at all.

Do you wish to take modelling as a career or you have other plans?

As much as I enjoy modelling, I do not think I will take it as a career. After school, I would love to go to university. I might continue modelling in my free time but not as a full-time job.

Most people usually misunderstand models, they often think that models starve themselves and they judge them from their outside appearance. What do you wish people knew about models?

Believe it or not, not all models live on sticks of celery and two grapes a day. The majority of models actually eat a normal healthy diet, and can even enjoy burgers and milkshakes. Models are just normal people, they are not “stuck up” as some might think or say they are. I have grown close and bonded well with all of the models I have met and worked with.

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

I will be still in Africa, I’m not sure exactly where, but I see myself having a family and a good job.

In your opinion, what do you think is the importance of modelling to young people?

The importance of modelling to young people is to gain confidence and to believe in yourself. It has taught me many things, I talk and get to know people so much easier. I have gained confidence that I never had before. Modelling is not just about “looking pretty” because everyone, no matter who they are, is beautiful!

What is your aice to teens who wish to become models?

Love yourself for who you are, don’t try to change yourself to impress others and be comfortable in your own skin. Realise that you are beautiful, inside and out, and once you see that, flaunt it, don’t be shy to be who you want to be, it’s your life!

Source : The Herald