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Six Top Models Chosen

The modelling show FBC Project Jejemon fashion and design awards has picked six models for their first photo shoot at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday. FBC Project Jejemonis
15 Jun 2015 13:02
Six Top Models Chosen

The modelling show FBC Project Jejemon fashion and design awards has picked six models for their first photo shoot at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.

FBC Project Jejemonis a model and fashion award that has evolved from the successful TV show, Jejemon aired on FBC TV and is expected to benefit aspiring models.

The models were 18-year-old Hanisi Hodge, 13-year-old Blue De-la-mare, 18-year-old Marie Fall, 24-year-old Vasiti Radekedeke, 22-year-old Heather Marama and 23-year-old Adi Lagakali Tavaiqia.

Project co-ordinator Andhy Blake said they were profiling the fabulous six, the It-Girls of the Fiji modelling industry.

“There has never been a group of model that has been identified the It-Girls for Fiji’s Fashion Industry, so what I thought that with FBCProject Jejemon,we’ve identified the girls that have been modelling in Fiji and profile them as the fabulous six,” he said.

“So I thought why not with the new platform for fashion that we are developing locally, we identify six girls that has international appeal and has the potential for modeling market overseas.”

Mr Blake said the girls will be on the catwalk for the Project Jejemon Fashion Designer Awards on July 4.

“We are going to continue investing into the brands of these six girls and working with signing them with contracts overseas because they have a lot of potential and they’ve been modelling for a while and have some good experience locally and it’s time to expose them to international markets,” Mr Blake said.

He said he’s been in talks with an agency in Wellington, New Zealand, which has shown interest in signing the girls to represent them in Indonesia and New York.

“Normally when you’re starting out in this industry, it’s good to be very young because when you come out into the industry like at 20 and 21 you are at your prime time. Your career in the fashion industry normally starts when you are 17,” Mr Blake said.

He said once the girls get signed overseas into the Asian market, models develop their portfolio and they can enter the European modelling market once their books are stronger.

“Because we do not have a professional modelling industry in Fiji, the models don’t have a professional modelling portfolio so we go to New Zealend to start off and then you move on from there,” Mr. Blake said.

He said the modelling industry was very demanding.

“The looks of modeling changes all the time, I’ll continue scouting for fresh faces because I’m constantly in contact with my contacts in New York and they are always telling me the looks they want,” Mr Blake said.

Feedback: ana.sovaraki@fijisun.com.fj

 


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