Welcome to the World Of STU the Model

Of late the fashion industry in Botswana has been front-lining news papers with local and international designers show casting their work. The fashion industry in Botswana is growing and of course people who show and model the designs need recognition, yes I'm referring to the Models. Today i have here a gorgeous young lady who is in the modeling industry, sat with her for a chat and this is how it all went down:

Siphiwe aka Stu Machinya

Student and model

Birth date
April 1988

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


I understand you are an aspiring MODEL, tell us how long have u been MODELING?
          I have been modeling for approximately 2 years

What inspired you to venture into MODELING?

          From a young age I’ve always had a ‘passion for fashion’ as I like to call it. Even though I was shy and would never be caught dead on stage, I liked the idea of being a model, the clothes, makeup and jewelry. I started modeling from a very vulnerable stage in my life where I felt depressed and wasn’t comfortable with the way I looked. After my first photo shoot ever in 2009 and after getting feedback and encouragement from my family and friends I saw myself in a different light. I just wanted to step out of my comfort zone and do something new, something I knew I always wanted to do in life.

Which Famous Model do you look up to??

          I actually have a few super models I look up to and not just for their great work but also the inspiration behind their lives and how modeling has been a positive impact in their lives. I look up to Eva Marcille, Tyra Banks, Chanel Iman, Gisele Bundchen, just to mention a few. 

Who is your favorite designer?
          My favorite designer is Roberto Cavalli.

Do you own any designer clothing, shoes or bags?
          Im not crazy about designer wear, I actually like to pick outfits from small boutiques because believe some of these small boutiques carry the  most trendiest lines known to date. But yes I do own some designer clothing, shoes and bags by guess, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Roxy, Juicy couture, Charles and Keith, Mango, Marc Jacobs, Louboutin etc

What Jobs have u done since you started modeling?
          Being a freelance model one should know that it is not that easy to book jobs outside an agency but none the less I have been blessed to work with many talented photographer and makeup stylists here in Malaysia. My list of credits here so far is endless but just to mention a few that I have worked with:

-          Jaja Radzwan

-          Asman Hizam

-          Lumiere Art photography

-          Encik Denoy

-          Rosie photography

-          David Fo

-          Tshidi photography

-          Amri Ginang

-          Zamri Zakhari

What would you say was the highlight of your career so far?
          The highlight of my career so far has been for me to actually be able to break into the industry, I find it much easier to work and book jobs as well I have started traveling quite a lot so I'm looking forward to good ventures in the near future.

What makes you angry?
          I am a very impatient and short tempered person, I hate incompetence.
What's your bad quality?
          I tend to get really shy and if I feel out of shape it makes me feel uncomfortable and I have a little lack of confidence. 
What's your favorite place to eat?
          I love Italian food.
How do you stay fit?
          I make sure I eat healthy all the time, I avoid fizzy substances, too much salt and all that and I do exercise regularly 
Name one actor/actress you would love to get naughty with?
          Hahahaahaha, I don’t know about getting naught but I do find Shemar Moore attractive.
Were you bullied as a kid?
          I wouldn’t call it bullying but I have had some instances where a group of girls would make up rumors about me and my friends and try to pick fights with us.
How many pairs of shoes you own?
          I think my collection of shoes is up to 50 or 60.The things is I don’t like to keep things that I do not wear so often I give away my old shoes and stuff. 
Which brand of make up do you wear?
          I strictly use MAC products because of the quality of their products. 

Whom would you love to work with in the future?
         I would love to work with any great agency there is to offer. I'd like to work with African designers as well. I'd also love to get a chance to work on a campaign with a really good  model or models even walk the same runway. 
What can you say about Modeling INDUSTRY in Botswana?
          The modeling industry in Botswana is still yet to grow, I like the fact more and more girls have shown their interest in the industry. People are more into fashion and thus it creates that need for the industry to grow. We maybe a small country but we have produced some pretty big names of beauty in the industry so it’s only a matter of time before we take the world by storm.

Whats next for Stu?
           You can expect to see more work from me, I'm looking forward to traveling and pushing myself as far as i can, in terms of breaking into even bigger markets as far as modeling goes. I will also be getting more hands with creating my clothing line as well as trying to empower women from Botswana more, business wise.

Any message you would like to share with the readers?
          I urge all readers to stay positive, if you have a dream career that you would like to pursue work hard and never think less of yourself. Even the most successful people started from scratch so don’t ever think you cannot achieve anything because you can.


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Profile: Stu Machinya
FanPage: Stuwie


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