Former model and StarGist host Vimbai Mutinhiri in an interview with Blanck Lite dishes about her brief experience as a black model. In her opinion, it is harder for a dark skinned model to bag good jobs as most agencies are only looking for two dark skinned girls among a sea of many.
“I had a bittersweet time as a model. I was based in Cape Town for the majority of my career and it was tough being a dark skinned black girl. Agencies would only allow 2 black girls on to their books, and even then I was always told I was too commercial to be successful. It was tough! One day you are too dark, the next day you are too commercial, then you are told to take off your weave so you can be edgy then the next moment you need the weave back in. It was tough! ” she said.
Reminding young girls not to lose sight of who they are, she gives five rules any black girl looking to make it in modelling should abide by.
“My top 5 rules anyone trying to go the route of modelling I will say;
- Do your research about your look and stick to it!
- Grow a thick skin – you will attend 20 castings a month and probably only get 5 jobs out of it.
- Develop other talents – a model’s shelf life is very short and the more versatile you are the more clients will love you.
- Practice in front of the mirror and know your angles.
- Just be yourself and have fun!! There is no point going through all these things if you don’t love what you do!