The young, energetic and confident model who is geared to change the mindset of modelling to the masses
After a relatively longer silence, M Dubz Super Models is back again. New year, new beginnings. Our first guest this new year is a vibrant Mzuzu-based young model, Noel Bosco Matewere. Going through Noel’s narrative, it is plain to see that it was sheer curiosity that triggered this youthful model to venture into this relatively newer profession.
That aside, throughout the years, Noel has observed that insufficient knowledge about what modelling is all about is creating a lot of negative attitudes towards Malawian models. As a result, many are shy of venturing into this industry full throttle.
So, let’s get into the life of Noel to understand his life as a model.
FULL NAME: Noel Bosco Matewere
DATEOF BIRTH: 27th January 1998
BRIEF LIFE HISTORY
Noel is a second/last born in a family of two, himself and his sis, though they only share a mother. Born at St John’s Hospital in Mzuzu, Noel is originally from Jali in Zomba district. Most of his life has been spent in Mzuzu, though occasionally he does stay in Karonga, and Rumphi among other districts.
Noel is a holder of Malawi School’s Certificate of Education which he obtained at Luwinga Secondary School in 2016. Prior to that, he attained his primary education at Viyele C.C.A.P school in the same city in 2012.
GENESIS OF MODELLING PASSION
Call it in –born, that is the response Noel will give you. Ever since he was young, he had always had that curiosity for fashion, and modelling in general. So, today, he just views it to be the fulfillment of his childhood dream.
His strong appetite for this industry rose when he had started watching videos about fashion; how various designer clothes fitted the models, how the models they cat-walked and the like. Such acts motivated the-then young Noel to consider venturing into modelling as a serious business.
But the turning point was in 2015 when he convinced himself that he was to be a model. He realized he had the zeal to make it. And this zeal was cemented when he was amongst the chosen few to make it on the runway showcasing various designs for fashion designers at Mzuzu Fashion Week. That was the highlight.
HIS UNDERSTANDING OF MODELLING
To Noel, modelling is the ability to be able and accept to be used as a ‘vessel’. It is where energetic and confident young men and women are directed in so many scenes, portraying various wares and the like. i.e. Fashion shows; could be in a movie or music videos, just to mention a few.
To be a model, according to Noel, is how you look at yourself and judge yourself. Everyone can be a model. According to him, to be the best model, you need to have some certain features that can qualify you one. Some of these are body physique (height), how you carry yourself on the runway (for example), and how you look is just an added advantage.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF NOEL, THE MODEL
From Noel’s observation, modelling in Malawi is mostly not a full time career. Working as a model, from Noel’s world is just amazing.
“As models, we don’t work as much as others do; you just wake up in the morning concentrate and focuse on practicing your moves or make new moves. That’s it.” He explains.
That aside, a model also has to be physically fit.
“As a model, you have to be physically fit; you go to the gym; A little exercise is needed and this is for both male and female models. So it’s just a simple and amazing thing doing by the day.” He advised.
IS MODELLING THAT REWARDING IN MALAWI?
Just like many other models that have been featured here before, Noel also is of the view that modelling is not that rewarding in Malawi, hence cannot be taken as a full time career.
“In Malawi so far from my experience, modelling is not that rewarding because this industry is just developing. As models, of course we do get paid after every event, but the payments don’t meet our daily needs.” He complained.
HIS MAIDEN APPEARANCE ON THE MODELLING RUNWAY
He explained it in one way, “Awesome!”
He described his maiden appearance as scary and memorable at the same time.
“Modeling was something what I ever wanted. This time it was like a dream come true so it was awesome. The scary part was that it was my first time and I wasn’t sure yet if I could do it in front of people but everything went cool. I made it!” He reminisced.
ADVISE TO ASPIRING MODELS
He advises aspiring models to be mentally strong. He said modelling can be challenging as you meet various people.
“As a model, you meet with so many different kinds of people, for that you have to learn and be ready how to respond differently to different people. Models are one of the group of people who are mostly despised by others… we get bullied, given negative names and even sometimes face rejection. So being a model is your heart and passion. Be strong.” He advised.
WHO ARE YOUR CLIENTS?
Noel is of the opinion that models have a variety of clientele ranging from fashion designers, and marketers.
“In general, we models, help to advertise people’s goods mostly clothes sawn by the designers, and also we help in advertising personal projects… you can’t sell your products if people don’t know that you have, so that’s where models come in,” chipped in Noel.
A LONE WOLF IN A FEMALE-LADEN INDUSTRY?
It is true that modelling in Malawi is largely dominated by females. However, he is not amused as it is a direction he had wanted to head. To him, his major worry is why most males are not venturing into this otherwise lucrative enterprise.
“I’m worried with the minute number of male models in the country as compared to the female counterparts. Is it because males in Malawi see no vision in modelling? This should not demotivate us. If you truly accept your passion, then go for it!” he encouraged.
ADVISE TO ASPIRING MODELS
To him, knowledge is the key to a successful model regardless of their sex. He is of the view that if one is knowledgeable of what modelling is, or is not, they cannot easily be demotivated by negative comments that usually come from those in the dark about the industry.
In his words he advises, “To both man and woman, I would like to say be who you are don’t be fooled by those who talk negatively about modelling. Modelling is a good job doing only if you know what it is. Without knowledge you can’t be a model. So know what’s all about modelling and meet with the models near you and gain some knowledge.”
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Meet Noel Bosco Matewere in photographs below
Re-arranged by Gibson C Kamanga