Monthly Archives: May 2014

A day with Zakeeya Patel at her Previdar Magazine Shoot

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So I was afforded a chance to interview Zakeeya Patel by the Previdar Magazine team. It was really lovely to meet the actress who is so down to earth and was willing to accommodate me. She was shooting for Previdar and you must keep it locked to http://www.previdar.com to see her shoot and interview . She was so excited about her shoot with Previdar, the  theme was apocalyptic Africa, animalistic, raw, artistic and playful. She is really playful and likes cracking jokes. Seeing her and Lawrence Manyapelo (The photographer ) in action was so much fun.

Like me Zakeeya hates winter because she has to wear clothes. She is a short shorts and a vest kind of girl. They used to force her to wear clothes in pre-school they would call her parents to come pick her up because she would take off my clothes. The minute she got into the car she would take off her clothes. When she did Marie Claire Naked issue shoot her mom wrote on her wall “your picture is so tasteful and angelic, it’s a change to your naked little self who was so cheeky and never wanted to wear clothes”

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Zakeeya and her Strictly Come Dancing Partner Hammond

Tell me about you

I just get these immense feelings, crazy amounts of joy and it feels like there is sunlight bursting through my heart and I am so grateful of people and things that I have in my life. People don’t know that I am very anxious, I am weird about time and I am crazy I am a time crisis baby. I am very easy-going but there is also a side of me that is uptight, panicky, weird, strict and very serious.

Your biggest fear:

My biggest fear is getting hit by a car after waiting in a bank line for 20 minutes. Imagine spending the last 20 minutes of your life waiting. I think it is so disrespectful when other people waste your time. The joke that when my mom was carrying me in her womb, I just wanted to come I was like ‘mom I am ready’ and she was like ‘you stay in the oven’ so I have always been funny about time.

Have you always wanted to be an actress?

Or a mermaid since splash days. I have always wanted to be an actress but there is a big part of me that wanted stability and routine and schedule and I really crave those things. You don’t get that in acting I was going to study architecture or psychology, I actually studied psychology with my degree but there is nothing but acting for me. My friends joke that I am like Lady Macbeth that I am so ambitious and I would dash my child bare brains out.

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Did you study acting?

Yes I went to UCT, spent 3 years there having the most fun ever and I spent a large amount of that time looking really hideous. Transforming was my favourite thing. I wore a fat suit a lot and old aging making I was never the same ever and I pride myself in that as an actress I was able to transform. I have been lucky in my career that I have never been the same; I have played a 16 year old Muslim girl, played a complete tart, a wild party girl. I don’t want to be ever put in a box I want to move people that is why I am an actress it’s not the fame or the money. I just want to move people to feel whether is good or bad and I feel like we have all became desensitized as South African actually as the world in general. We can read a headline about a baby being raped and its like ok a baby is raped but when a performing artist  opens a fire cracker up his behind a lights it then everyone loses their mind. Then you wonder what is more shocking? And why are we ok with the baby being raped?

I think every actor should study psychology, behavioral psychology is the most beautiful and it is part of your job as an actor to watch people and to note behavior. Children are phenomenal in that because they aren’t socialized. They get taught how to behave, to be quiet, but children are so uninhibited and honest.

We get taught to stop throwing tantrums I think I should start throwing tantrums again. I throw the ‘please don’t go tantrums’. I remember throwing a tantrum when my boyfriend was going to work and I was like ‘Please don’t go, I love” It was the first time I told him I loved him. He thought I was crazy.

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What role would you like to play?

I want to be a baddie, I would love to be bond girl coming out of the ocean with big boobies bouncing and grab a gun where nobody can see it with a dress so damn tight they can’t even mic me. I would really love to do action superhero movies, play a baddie (not a villain).

How do you feel about the movie Long Walk to Freedom?

I understand why they cast international people in a movie like that, I mean you want ratings but I think the story was enough for people to go watch it I mean this is a story about Mandela, who wouldn’t want to watch it? I don’t think it needed big Hollywood names as a calling card. I feel like we as South Africans and African that story is in our blood, it was a great overview but it wasn’t our blood. Our actors are so talented that I think it could have been greater, like I said it wasn’t our blood.

Are u brand concise? Do you follow trends?

Not at all. I don’t follow fashion trend because I do not look like the model in the magazine with that outfit on. I have a specific style and I have learnt very quickly that loose flowing stuff is not my drill. I have to wear tight stuff that shapes my curves I work with what I have got.

 

Thank you

My pleasure

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“I have suckled a baby and I know how sweet it is to love the baby at my breast but even as the baby was smiling up at me I would have plucked my nipple out of its mouth and bashed its head against the wall if I was sworn to do that the same way you have sworn to do this”.-Lady Macbeth

“I don’t think I am that ambitious, I wouldn’t bash my baby’s brain out”Zakeeya Patel

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Carl Jaro: From Haiti to France to the rest of the world

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Carl Jaro is a France-based  model, of Haitian origin born in Port-au-Prince (Haiti) who moved to France when he was only seven years old. He is not only just a model but he is also an actor. Carl Jaro is distinguished by the distanced way he looks at the symbolic role of fashion in the construction of aesthetic references. It flourishes in this world, but shall preserve its integrity and modesty values, while contributing to its modest scale, to enhance the image of non-Caucasian models who are a small minority

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 What led you into modelling? and how has modelling changed your life?

It came naturally, I was scouted in Paris by my French agency. From one job to another, I started to get really excited about it. I have traveled to over 37 countries and I was recently in South Africa for some work.

Do you think it is necessary to still distinguish models according to colour?

Well, as far as I am concerned, I would say no! But, the fashion business, is doing it everyday. 

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 What do u love mostly about being a model? Have you always wanted to be a model?

It’s amazing meeting all the extraordinary people and wearing all of the beautiful clothes. It’s like a teenage dream coming true.  I still don’t realize that I’m really doing this. It’s magic!  I also love acting, I have starred in a couple of films.

 What does it mean to you when you get recognition from your fans or big brands?

Well, it’s always good when you get recognition and love from people and it’s always feels like I am dreaming. I hardly believe it.

Since Acting is also your love, What would be your ultimate role?

Well, my dream is to meet Shemar Moore, and play a drama character with him (Smiles)

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What is your ideal woman?

Smart, gentle and she also need to know how to take good care of me (Smiles)

and most of all, Are you single?

Well, no, I am in a committed relationship  at the moment. And I am enjoying it!

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Well sorry ladies he is not available. At least I tried to get the information for you. Nevertheless he is an exceptional model who is humble . I cannot wait to see what campaigns he is going to be involved in next.

 

TO THE UNPUBLISHED WRITER

You are brilliant

Zukiswa Wanner

I met you this week. It occurred to me that I have met you (or some version of you) many times before.I could have met you at a university, led you in a workshop, chatted to you at a residency OR MAYBE you are the person who comments on my status updates.

Your sentences flow beautifully. Your prose is to be envied at. You write the type of phrases that I wish I could have thought of.

You want to write as well as Adichie. Nay better than Morrison.

You would like to outdo Smith. And wag your disapproving finger at Winterson.

When you are done, Beukes, Bandele, Coetzee and Chinodya will stand and take notice.

Forster, Baingana, Gappah and Wanner will just have to sit down and put their laptops in retirement.

So today as I write this I would like to ask you to please STOP!

Stop revising…

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“Age won’t stop me from dreaming big”: Sights set on New York

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Casey Devereux is a 12 year old from Eldorado Park who has so much love for modelling that she started entering beauty pageants when she was young. Entering Eldo’s Top Model afforded Casey a chance to cross parts with Figures Modelling Agency, an agency that has awarded her and 9 other girls internships  and a chance to win an all paid expenses trip to New York in July 2014 for only one girl. Casey is am a very outspoken girl who is well rounded in my academics, sports and spiritual life. She is very vibrant, outgoing and likes to have fun and trying out new things.

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Growing up with an uncle who loved watching Fashion TV fueled her love for modelling and her grandma’s clothes were at her mercy as she played dress up and made the living room her runway. Drawing inspiration from Kemora Lee Simmons has made Casey to not box herself and she admires Kemora because she is a well- rounded lady who has a balanced life, of which nothing brings her down. She loves the fact that Kemora can handle being a  mother, model, designer, and entrepreneur. Casey aspires to not only be a model, but be a  lawyer, forensic detective and a fashion designer. She is going to have a label with her   young brother Caleb.

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Figures Modelling Agency has been in business for 36 years and has 15 branches.  They teach girls how to present themselves well and the young girls are taught how to stand, sit and taught self confidence and self-esteem. They have pageants every 2 months to put into practice what these youngsters learn. Being part of this Agency has  groomed Casey to be a  better model.

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Interesting Facts about Casey

  • She is a huge fan of Bruno Mars, however her mother believes she is more of a stalker than a fan
  • When asked what she would say to Bruno Mars when she meets him, she burst saying ‘I love you I love you, please follow me on twitter’.
  • She tells me that she would love to marry Jaden Smith because he is adventurous and she definitely sees herself in After Earth 2  .
  • Her mother says Casey plays out scenes of After Earth the movie among other movies and everyday she is in a different country

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Photographer: Harness Hamese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 May 2014: Day 5 in Namibia

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On my arrival- Selfie with Loux

As the hours were passing by, I started feeling sick (well at least I thought) Then I realized that it was actually the depression of having to leave my brothers and all the wonderful people that I had met during my short stay.  As we were driving from the coast to the airport, I could feel my tears nearing and I was not so jovial anymore. The thought of leaving this beautiful land really bothered me and the fact that I had made so many connections who felt like my siblings.

Tensions were high as we finally made it to the airport. I wanted to scream and hang on to one of my brother’s leg and refuse to move ( It took me back to my first day at school, holding on to my uncle and not wanting to let go) I had to be a big girl though and smile for a selfie.

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With Loux and Mario at Hosea Kutako International Airport

Note: The difference in my smile between the two selfies. The last one is sad and silently begging God to make this day longer. In the plane coming back I sat next to an amazing Namibian woman who kept me company and gave me pointers on places to visit next. Big up to all the Namibian who directly and indirectly made my stay super awesome

So long Namibia, I shall be seeing you soon

 

3 May 2014: Day 4 in Namibia

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Saturday morning started with a bit of Praise and Worship at our Bungalow as we eagerly awaited the NAMAs 2014 main awards. The ever bubbly Mc Bright led all the songs which where mostly South African gospel songs and even though he did not know some words he sang on with all his heart. It was evident that he was really enjoying the song and when he told me that he was part of the Praise and worship team at church, I believed him. It is amazing  how much South African music has influence in Namibia, the even had a Kwaito category in the awards and it was stated that, Kwaito is adopted from South Africa

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Posing and being goofy at the Shopping centre

So after a great morning of spiritual connections we set off to roam around the shopping centre and then headed to the beach . For a girl who cannot swim I sure love water, that is mostly because water calms me down. Maybe I should learn how to swim (It is long overdue)

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Posing- MC Bright photo bombing my pic.

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Stylish boys.- Mc Bright, Francois & Mario They are such troopers- Love them

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Sand-witched by a model Mario & Designer Mc Bright. What more can a girl ask for?

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The view from up

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Mario just had to come in

So after a day of tanning ( I couldn’t resist) We headed to our bungalow to braai some meet.  At this stage I was in serious panic because if I did not want to miss my flight , I would have had to miss the NAMAs. Because Namibia has such helpful people , my friend Loux and one of the organizers of the NAMAs called his contacts at the airport and got me upgraded to business class. I have never came across such a helpful people in my life and that is why Namibia will always have a special place in my heart.

Since, the crisis was taken care off, all was left for me to do was enjoy the day and indulge in some meat (Food again? ) Being among stylish and dapper gentlemen has its pecks. It gave me room to shine and stand out since I was the only lady in the group.

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King Gee, Mario, Francois, Nafis & Mc Bright

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Mario dressed by Loux & Mc Bright dressed by Himself

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Deon dressed by Loux

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My Brothers and I

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(Pic by Cameron Kat)

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Loux & Vuyiso

(Pic by Cameron Kat)

 

2 May 2014: Day 3 in Namibia

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There is no sleep. For people who literally slept at 5 am, by 10 am we have had breakfast and ready to explore Walvis Bay ( That is where we ended up) a town 30km outside of Swakopmund. We first went to the local taylor to do last minute touches on some outfits. We had a great time connecting with the taylors who turned out to be a family from Zimbabwe who have worked with big brands. It is always great to connect as Africans. We had a great time shooting at the shop while waiting for the outfits.

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Discussions

We decided to go eat and visit the beach before attending the Namibian Anuual Music Awards- Industry Awards

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The Market at Walvis Bay

We had kapana on the busy street

The beach was so much fun with  some falling into the water and me doing a young photo shoot with some cool young boys ( future supermodels ). It was actually my first time at the beach so you can imagine my joy. This week presented a lot of firsts I must say. I had the best time .

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With Mario

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We will not stay away from the water because we cannot swim

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The industry awards served as a reflection of what the Main Awards would be like and I must say that everything was on point and the people looked great, us included of course

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Loux &  I at the NAMAs

 

 

 

 

 

1May: Day 2 in Namibia

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So today I woke up late because of yesterday’s proceeding. We were at Adolf the taylor finishing up some suits for the NAMAs. I should really add Stylist and junior designer to my resume. I had fun learning how to make buttons being taught by Bhenge (the 12 year old) and Adolf.

Its a hot day today and we are busy preparing to drive to Swakopmund for the NAMAs. We have decided to leave a day earlier because we want to go the desert and do some swimming at the beach ( I cannot swim by the way). However, we can not let such a minor issue stop us from having fun. I really love my brothers that I have found here.

Well we did not leave early as planned however Lukas took me out and showed me around he was actually surprised that I love to walk, and my response was “How are you supposed to explore while you are in a car” . We went to the market and looked through some vintage clothes and of course got some food.

I found out something significant, at the end of the month people braai or cook meat and sell to make some money. This was music to my ears as we stopped everywhere to buy meat. I had fish, chicken, tripe and beef. ?Something to be noted is that pap is not so much of a necessity. People here eat meat without pap, thus I found myself lacking in that department as I love my meat with pap.

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The fish that I ate

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Eating Tripe

Walking with Lukas was absolute fun as he like me likes to eat, to cool off we went to buy some ice cream and the people at the shop were very impressed with my style. One guy went as far as comparing me to his mother when his father proposed to her. “she was beautiful”he says. This memory is sparked by my vintage clothing.

We eventually left for Swakopmund at 19:30 and the road trip was so much fun. It involved great music, great company and great food at the stops. We finally arrived at midnight full of energy thanks to the Plays that we drank en route  our destination.

30 April 2014: Day 1 in Namibia

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So this morning I boarded a plane to Namibia to visit friends and attend the much acclaimed Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs). It was my first time on the plane and I must say that it was the exhilarating and I could not wait to explore the beautiful land. So at 7:45 am (Namibian time) I landed in Hosea Kutako International airport which is located 40km outside Windhoek.

So as a celebrity *hides*, found two people holding cards with my name on it waiting to pick me up. I felt really special at that moment and since there is only one Vuyiso I could only get into one car. Nafis( the friend) who I drove with was very receptive. You can imagine my excitement when I got into the car and there was South African gospel music playing. I definitely felt at home and felt that all was well with my soul and journey was blessed. Even though he does not understand the words, Nafis actually loves all of the songs.

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So as my designated tour guide he (Nafis)  took me around Windhoek and I must say that it is the cleanest city that I have ever seen. It felt familiar because it had all the major banks and stores that we have in South Africa. I totally agree with the survey that found Windhoek as the cleanest city. As a woman who loves her food I had to ask about the best spots to get lekker food. A kapana is a place where they sell and braai meat more like a shisa nyama but the difference is you eat your meat on the braai stand as it is being  braaing provided you want medium rare or well done. It was an experience I tell you.

I met the most energetic 12 year old boy who dances so well and is up to date with the South African music scene. He is full of life and is so receptive. You would swear that we have known each other for ages, he is like a little brother to me and he is so eager to teach me Oshiwambo (his home language).He even taught me how to make buttons, he is a young stylist who takes after his uncle Loux.

And guess what? There is a township called Soweto. It is not as big as our Soweto in South Africa.

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A shop called Soweto  Bakery and mini butchery in the township of Soweto

The night ended with some work being done at the taylor helping to make buttons and being a stylist nyana. It was absolute fun and of course we had kapana, meat galore.

Back To The City Festival 2014

The Skate Park

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The Stalls

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Basket Ball

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The Fashion Show

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The Beat boxing

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Cool Peeps

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Eye Candy

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