Those of you that are avid students of the fashion/modelling industry will recognise the model in the picture above as Zimbabwean Nyasha Matonhodze. The 180cm/5’11 Zimbabwean born model entered the modelling industry at the young age of 14 in 2009.
2011 was a brilliant year for the young model who was the face of the campaigns for Louie Vuitton and Top shop. She also appeared on the cover of Love Magazine’s Fall 2011 issue and within the pages of Vogue Japan, Numéro and Vogue US among many others.
Nyasha was born in Zimbabwe, raised by her grandmother and then later moved to the UK. At the age of 14, she walked into Elite model offices with her parents to see if she could put her height and thin frame to good use. Her first fashion show was for Jonathan Saunders, a Scottish fashion designer when she was 16. Since then she has appeared on the runway for designers such as Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Lanvin and Versace.
Despite her young age she seems to be an old soul. In an interview with New York Magazine she said the following about modelling:
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.
Her motto is to treat everyone with kindness and when asked what she would change about the modelling industry she said the media’s perception of it as they make it seem like an easy effortless job when the reality of it is quite different. It seems her head is definitely in the right place.
Check out some pictures below of Nyasha werkin’ it both on the runway and off.