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Teen designer strikes gold from losing experience

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By Marrian Rushwaya

A youth who failed to make it for the Teen Star International Zimbabwe finals says she is thankful to organisers of the event as the experience has managed to open new doors with some modelling agencies showing interest in her craft.

Shanice Takasiwa (16) had high hopes of winning one of the titles which were up for grabs, but luck eluded her.

But true to the famous saying, ‘every dark cloud has a silver lining’, the event gave her the platform to showcase her designing talent which saw some modelling agencies and professional designers offer to mentor her.

The Queen Elizabeth Ordinary Level student had no words to express her gratefulness, “Thank you so much our lovely organisers for such an opportunity you gave us.

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“It was a wonderful experience though l didn’t win any title but l’m grateful a handful of parents and Casino Marina workers also wanted me to do their outfits and accessories.

“l have a professional lady mentoring me and a designer from last night’s concert who offered to groom me and polish my skills, it shows that she has seen some potential in me and it makes me believe in myself more.”

Among her suitors was one modelling agency which contracted her to design their ‘Miss Independence’ cultural outfits and a fashion magazine which wants her to feature in their fashion column.

“I also got a contract from a modelling agency to design their Miss Independence cultural outfits the way l made mine.

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“l also got links of culture lovers sponsors in Canada; they liked my performance and a fashion magazine wants me to feature in their fashion magazine.”

Shanice is upbeat the opportunity will help her to build a better brand for herself.

“It feels so amazing; it’s something that can make my brand go big and be well known. Not to talk about being reliable.

“I feel proud of myself l have been designing for some time now and l’m glad my first attempt was successful,” she said.

The talented teen developed designing interests when she joined her mother’s friend who uses a hand sewing machine.

“I started my intimacy with the chalk and the machine when l was in Grade 4 as l used to wound my mom’s friend’s hand sewing machine,” she said.

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