Life is your catwalk

At the end of last year I was given the opportunity to coach 20 students, both girls and guys, how to model and catwalk. 

Having been immersed in the fashion industry for ten years, I feel strongly in sharing and passing on the knowledge I have gained throughout the years. I felt honoured when I was asked to coach them and help organise a catwalk routine for their Cultural Day show. In Zambia, we celebrate our Independence Day on 24th October, and our International Schools tend to celebrate the diversity of cultures our country has by bringing in various ethnic foods and dressing up in traditional ethnic clothing. 

I managed to whip these girls into shape within 4 training sessions! Some had amazing walks and did not need much help, others needed a teeny-weeny bit of fine-tuning. But nonetheless, I believe teaching these girls to walk without slouching, to lead with their hips, to lift their feet and to walk with a little bit of attitude are not skills just for a catwalk but for life itself. Let the ground below your feet be your catwalk. And same for the guys. I taught them to walk with a touch of “swagger”, because a little bit of confidence goes a long way in life. 

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I remember when I was in their position back in my high school days, and a girl (sorry I do not recall her name, but she didn’t leave a positive impression on us) came to teach us how to catwalk. She left us half way during our sessions and we had to put the catwalk together ourselves – at 13! Maybe that’s where my improvisation skills stemmed from: how to make the most of what you have. But I did not want to do the same to these ‘emerging’ LICS models. They made me feel so welcome and I felt strangely motherly towards them. I felt like this is my way to give back to the community, because what I was taught ten years ago, I am now giving back (with my KC pizzaz of course), and I hope that one of these twenty girls will pass on this same knowledge ten years from now. We can all learn from FTV or watching the E! Channel, but it makes that much more of a difference when it comes from a person and that person shares your background roots. 

Remember…Love it, Live it, Be it!

“Educate a woman and you educate a nation”,

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