It is becoming common a thing, youths jumping into modelling,and it appears that girls are in large numbers comparing to boys.
Apart from catwalks, these girls are also seen in billboards placed along the roads, music videos, adverts and many more.
However, the Lilongwe based female model, Etta chilwa has asked the nation to stop painting ladies practising modelling as prostitutes and begin to regard it as normal career .
“I would say alot view modelling as a bad thing,and less important, only few have a positive vibe about it. When a girl is a model the society think she is engaged in prostitution and doesn’t have respect for her body.
“My advise will be they should take modelling as any career just like they do with music,comedies and any other careers and give models the support they need. Modelling can also help in developing the nation” Etta explained.
On other side, she shared the same view with the country on the issue and she was quick to say that those models lack professionalism .
” To some it’s true as of me l know what it means being a model l do it professionally but to someone who doesn’t know she can just do it for fame and money which at the end to get all that things she might end up engaging into immoral things and because she address herself as a model “, she admitted.
she added; “It end up giving people an image that models do bad things”.
21 year old, Etta said that her life has changed since she became a model and she is now able to care of herself and help her family.
“I buy my everyday needs, helping my family with some of it. l also keep some for future use” , she said with a tinge of proud in her soft voice.
She ask government to develop modelling
industry by listing it on a national budget
“Government should include modelling on there budget just like how they do with sports whenever models need help they should know where to run.” she said .
Etta is inspired by Rennie from Kenya, Zozintuzi from South Africa and Maddie Yusuf from here in malawi.
With two years that Etta has been in modelling so far she has participated big fashion events here in Malawi like Africa Fashion, Arts Festival , Mzuzu Fashion Week and Malawi Sports Awards.