Kaone Monamodi, Thabang Mmolotsi and Lucille Obetlile are the three seasoned models selected to represent Botswana at the Zimbabwe Fashion Week (ZFW) slated for the 25-28 September at Harare City Library after over 100 models were scouted to take part in the 2014 edition. This came after their stylist Tumelo Nkwe met the founder of the fashion week Priscilla Chagariro-Gessen in South Africa where he submitted portfolios of Botswana models.
ZFW is a weeklong premier fashion event that attracts designers from the continent as well as rekindling what was once a thriving textile and fashion hub. With this year’s theme ‘Afrocentrica’ Chagariro-Gessen said they want to highlight a trend that is emerging where the traditional ways of Africa, the natural fabrics and practical utilitarian designs begin to replace the highly artificial designs that have been dominating innovation in recent years.
Kaone Monamodi aged 23 studied Fine Arts (theater) at the University of Botswana graduating in October. She has taken part in most of the big fashion shows around the country like the Color in the Desert fashion show, Gaborone Fashion Week, Botswana fashion week and took second position at the Youth and Arts model competition.
Thabang Mmolotsi is a 26 year old model who also participated in Colour in the desert 2011/201,Gaborone fashion week 2011/2012 , Presidents day fashion show 2013 , Independence Day fashion show 2013, Vilicso fashion show 2013 and Botswana independence day fashion show (regional competitions) among others. The 23 year old, Lucille Obetlile started her modeling career in 2012 when she qualified in the top 12 Miss Tourism Botswana and has since participated in a number of fashion Show.