The Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) holds the annual competition as part of its Fashion Development Programme, to discover hidden talent for the industry within the greater eThekwini area.
Shandu, who is in Grade 11 and was busy writing exams this week, said: “I feel happy to be representing DFF New Faces. It is my dream to become a top model.”
He said he first saw the advertisement in the newspapers and saw opportunity beckoning.
He’s just completed the DFF two-month course, including runway skills, posing and posture presentation and photographic editorial techniques to “model etiquette”, which he had to balance with his end-of-year studies.
Going into matric next year, Shandu said he was looking forward to being on the ramp.
When it comes to summer trends, he prefers “casual jeans and vest” with some good sneakers to finish off the look.
Also impressing on the catwalk, Nandile Mkhize said she did not expect to win the competition.
“I’m so happy about it and really appreciate all the support from all my family and friends, especially my mom who has been behind me all the way. I’m looking forward to the shows ahead.”
She’s currently upgrading her pass marks at Howard College, while working part time as a waitress.
An admirer of stylish celeb Queen B (Bonang Matheba), Mkhize said she loved wearing dresses.
“I don’t train, but I’m very careful with my diet and make sure I clean my face properly, morning and night. Of course, I wear make-up when I’m modelling, but I do like a natural look,” she said.
eThekwini programme manager for the Business Support Tourism and Markets unit, Sindi Shangase, who spearheads the DFF, said: “We are thrilled to have helped these two young people to begin to share their careers. I cannot wait to see how they bloom and blossom as they move into the future.”