FASHION and video vixen Whitney Roxy Masike says she has accepted criticism in a positive light from society as some people view modelling through negative lenses.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
In an interview with The Standard Style, Masike, a model, said she will not lose weight, but instead work hard to achieve her goals in the profession.
“It is not easy being a model as there are some people who have wrong notions about models. I am a victim of that from those who do not appreciate modelling as a profession. I will not be moved, instead I will soldier on until i achieve my goals,” she said.
“I am determined to work hard to become a globally recognised model who is connected to big international models to learn new experiences in other countries.”
As a fashion model, Masike has worked with some of the best local designers in the mould of Mutsa Mabhande of Sassy Spirited and Saul for the Men’s wear.
“I was always passionate about modelling and fashion from a tender age as I grew up following trends in this industry. I drew my inspiration from top models such as British model-cum-actress and singer Naomi Campbell and South Sudanese-British model and designer Alex Wek,” she said.
As a way of taking her brand across the borders, Masike said she once worked with Top Model Mzansi of South Africa.
“In my modelling journey, I give credit to my mentor Le Madea Gerald, who has been my image consultant manager, not forgetting all who have helped to groom me to be a good model representing Zimbabwe at large,” she said.
While for many, handling fame appears to be problematic, at such a tender age, Masike says she had remained humble and disciplined by continuously bowing to her mentors for guidance and grooming not allowing herself to give up or quit.
“As I am still learning, I know I have a long way to go in this industry. I have values to maintain so whatever I do, I maintain my values of being a good role model as there are many other young people looking up to me,” she said.
On the music front, Masike has done video shoots with top artistes among them Jah Prayzah (Chekeche video), Andy Muridzo, Coco Master, Simba Tagz, Roki, Leonard Mapfumo (Maidei) and Trevor Dongo.
As she aims high in the industry, Masike’s desire is to own a modelling agency and boutiques doing fashion designing. She draws inspiration from songstress Cindy Munyavi.