Monday, May 9, 2011

Zimbabwean talent - model Nyasha Matonhodze

So yesterday I put out an SOS on my Facebook page asking my friends if they knew of any Zimbabwean celebrities. As you may know I am from Zim and I love to showcase and highlight folks from my home country that are on the come up!

I also I follow quite a few South Africans and they always tweet about their favorite personalities and celebs but hardly any of my Zim friends ever tweet or write about Zimbabwean celebs. So hence my question to 4400 of my closest FB friends!

And then someone told me about a new model on the scene called Nyasha Matonhodze!

A quick google search resulted in finding an article from the super prestigious New Yorker Magazine. They interviewed Nyasha just 3 days ago on May 6th! So this article is fresh of the press! Vogue Magazine has called her a face to watch and I can see homegirl is like a man smoking a cigarette at the gas station.......she is about to blow up!

My heart is full of pride. And the icing on the cake is that homegirl is only 16!! Yep 16

Check out tidbits from her interview:

You've appeared in spreads for Harper's Bazaar and Teen Vogue, what do you make of it? Do you recognize yourself?
I find it difficult to see myself and think that I'm a model. I feel blessed and honored to keep getting that next step in my career. I've met amazing people that keep supporting me and pushing me further and further. It's like a dream, no matter how good I do; it's still so surreal for me.

On the catwalk

Tell us a little about your childhood.
I was born in Zimbabwe and raised by my grandmother in a very cultural, traditional household. It's much different than the British culture where my mom lived. I moved to England when I was 8, so I do still have memories of Zimbabwe; falling asleep in the sand, bathing outside, the warmth of the sun, and just the way of living. Moving to England, I saw their perspective on Africa and what they think it's like, and it's completely the opposite. I went back to Zimbabwe three years ago and it's so lovely; they're happy with who they are and their traditions. I love going back home.

Nyasha in Teen Vogue
How did you get discovered?
My discovery wasn't a discovery. At 14, my mum and my stepdad went into Elite Models to see if I could actually model. Since I was 12, I was tall and thin so I would always get the whole "you should be a model," but I never really developed a serious interest about it until America's Next Top Model. Seriously, that’s when it all changed for me. Everything I wanted was pretty much based off that show. I went into this career thinking I could be a model, but I never thought I'd actually become one. Once I signed with Elite, I was entered into the Elite Model Look competition, where I became a finalist. As soon as I turned 16, I walked for Jonathan Saunders.

Head over to NYMag to check out the entire interview! 



  1. Love LOVE her. She has a 9 page thread dedicated to her on

  2. wow...what an awesome representative for Zimbabwe

  3. I know right? She seems so mature for 16, I absolutely love this girl!


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