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Nic Manshon

Hi, I’m Nic Manshon. Creativity, for me, started back when I was drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and entering Mother’s Day competitions for KTV. I always loved art as a kid and did it as a subject throughout my schooling career.  If I were to be totally honest, I never saw a career in creativity in high school, even though art was my highest marked subject.  Hence, I went to study personal training straight after high school and thereafter worked for Virgin Active for a while. Soon enough I realized that it wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, I believe nothing is lost with learning. After having these feelings to change my career, I started exploring creativity again. That was a good choice! The journey started out at CPUT, studying industrial design and serving at a local church, heading up the media department. After that, I got a scholarship for digital filmmaking at SAE. I never received a scholarship before so I was super stoked to do the course, not rea

Kaone Dube

My name is Kaone Dube. I am a 21-year-old model based in South Africa (for now) and an undergraduate humanities student at WITS University.

I’m a very calm and introverted person with little patience, towards the end of my high school career I realized that although I could learn a lot from the more experienced, it is not how I intend to spend my life. I do not enjoy being told what to do or when to do it so I decided I wanted to be my own boss. I tried starting my own events company with an old friend of mine but we failed to breakeven, and I quickly closed that chapter mid-first-year in 2015.

I still aspire to start a few businesses of my own however from my experience I would rather try and figure it out on my own, when I am more mature and ready for the demanding schedule. Modelling has been something I’ve dabbled in time and time again throughout my schooling career. when I was in varsity I decided to try and prioritize my modelling career more because it was something I enjoyed.

When I am on stage and the focus is on me (sounds vain I know) a type of switch, where I am in an alternate universe, and I’m no longer the serious and quiet one but the fierce one, so I jump started my career through Top Model South Africa where I placed second in the commercial modelling category in 2016. I have accomplished some stepping stones, I’ve done shoots for well known magazines and I am currently the face of Avroy Shlain Talitha and Nucelle skincare products and a brand ambassador for Barbas & Zacari watches, a very modern and simple watch and sunglasses brand that donates five dollars off every purchase to cancer research, found that interesting because from what I had seen most brands ask for a donation after purchase to donate to charity whereas they deduct from every purchase made.

I was one of the finalists for the World Swimsuit Competition in 2017 and I have just begun. Obviously I won’t tell you what I plan to do next because I’m superstitious and don’t want to ruin anything. Being a model has taught me a lot about myself and other people, for one men tend to believe that because my job involves being in a bikini I welcome their advances which is not even flattering but uncomfortable. Modelling ironically teaches you to be confident in your own skin, to love and take care of your body and embrace your flaws if done in the right environment. It is true that there are people in the industry who will tell you that you are not pretty enough or skinny enough or tall enough, but once you have set your goal no one can actually stop you from reaching it you’ll just have to take an alternate route and once you reach it, it makes it even more satisfying to know the odds were against you.

You have to be your biggest fan as well as your biggest critic because you are a walking brand. I have gotten my feet wet in a little bit of everything in the modelling industry but I do aspire to be a force to be reckoned with on the African continent. My style is eclectic I can be very boho hippie and tomorrow decide to be chic, however I am more comfortable in what is comfortable not really what is appealing (tends to give my family stress) sweatpants and a hoodie to me is golden!

What inspired me to be a model is growing up watching my older cousins participate in pageants looked very fun, I desperately wanted to be a pageant girl, I actually entered Miss SA Teen at some stage but my entry was not successful. When I was younger I was extremely awkward looking and reflecting back on my failed application I am actually grateful, I do not believe at the time ( I think I was about 15) I was what they were looking for and I do not feel I would’ve been the right fit so I tried something different to pageants and so I became a model and have not looked back since. My drive and passion for what I do comes from different scenarios, it could be something as small as stalking Rosie Huntington-Whitely on Instagram to my little nieces and nephews.

Not many of us grow up aesthetically appealing and so it started off as an inner campaign and message to myself that no matter what, I was good enough and that looks were not what mattered in the real world, its about your heart and mind and I had plenty of both and now its becoming less of a message I send to myself and to others because both the pageant and modelling industry are embracing different types of beauty, I continue to push because I have nieces and baby cousins who do not want to be doctors and lawyers but want to be models and actors and directors, and most people in my family do not believe in the arts as a legitimate career path. 

Only one of my older cousins has managed to make it in the entertainment industry so I am trying to prove the point that she wont be the last because its not something to be considered for only the lucky, I want to show them that its not just her and it wont end at me, the arts is fun and if the talent is there it should be explored just as much as any other career path.

Instagram: @kaonedube

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