Bulawayo model Lynn Nokuthula Ndhlovu says she will use her image and her academic abilities to empower the girl child to take pride in her appearance and character.
The 20-year-old Nutrition Science student at the University of Zimbabwe urged fellow young women who use complexion and body enhancement substances to take pride in their original looks.
“For me, modelling is an expression of the inner human. I do it to show how beautiful the young dark- complexioned African is without any enhancement substances applied,” she said.
“In this era of ‘yellow bones’, many young girls have exposed their bodies to side effects that come with enhancement substances and bleaching creams they use to lighten their complexion.
“Let’s take pride in ourselves and not lose our culture. Black is beautiful, even in western countries dark models are rated more beautiful than their light counterparts.”
Ndhlovu, who started modelling early this year, said she would complement her passion with her professional career to make it in the lights and camera industry.
“I wish to be an icon in the modelling industry, but professional modelling is not viable in Zimbabwe. I think I will have to complement my passion [modelling] with my professional career,” she said.
“I am studying towards a degree in Nutrition Science and if I get employed, it will put me at an advantageous position with corporates who require the services of professional models. I believe in beauty with brains.”
Ndhlovu said she started modelling after a friend asked her to take part in a photoshoot early this year.
“I have always loved taking pictures with my phone, but I never thought I would be doing it seriously,” she said.
“Many thanks to my friend who runs SwishSays Photography who asked me to be part of a photoshoot he was doing early this year.
“I have now fallen in love with the lenses and I enjoy expressing my feelings and telling stories in front of the camera.”