Determination and Perseverance Key for 'Gamu'

Having fallen in love with modelling at a very tender age, she was determined to pursue her passion and make sure she succeeds at it. Loo...



Having fallen in love with modelling at a very tender age, she was determined to pursue her passion and make sure she succeeds at it. Looking at the journey so far, she definitely hasn't done too bad for herself.
If you are in the capital and occasionally use Josiah Tongogara Avenue and 3rd Street then you'd probably be familiar with this particular beauty. It is hard to miss her on that billboard!

This is Gamu's story in her very own words........



My name is Gamuchirai Precious Zandonda, I am a 19 year old aspiring commercial model based in Harare.

Being an upcoming model I have ventured into few modeling activities thus far. I have done a runway modelling show for a local designer Van Ho (Vanessa Hodza).
I participated at the 2017 Latin Friday Fashion Show. I am also the current face of NetOne (OneWallet). Consider me photogenic, this has helped me to do numerous professional shoots.

I am currently studying a Dual Honors degree in German and Linguistics at The University of Zimbabwe . I am a Christian and I do enjoy modeling. My dream is to own a fashion house or a big brand to help upcoming models with no opportunities to get into the modeling industry.

My career was influenced by former Supermodel, Tyra Banks, who by the age of 17 had outgrown her awkward phase and begun to resemble the tall, curvy, caramel-skinned and green-eyed beauty who would light up runways and magazine covers for years to come. With modeling being a very critic career agencies said Tyra Banks looked "too ethnic" and another said that it "already had a black woman and didn't want another." In 1990, while still in high school, Banks landed a contract with Elite Model Management, the largest modeling agency in the world. Later that year, she shot her first print piece for Seventeen magazine. She is my motivation because even when the world calls you names, even when agencies, companies refuse to sign you up, don’t give up because bigger and better things are coming your way.

Locally I have been influenced by Sheron Tachi who is a commercial model, looking back I remember the first time that I made it into a modeling agency I contacted Sheron and I told her I had the passion and the heart for modeling. All she said was “show up for a photoshoot this Saturday and we can work it from there” and with this I owe some of my success to her. Sheron has scooped the Female Best Female Award 2017 and has risen to become the most sort after Model within Zimbabwe and beyond. This self taught model has worked with Naz Fashionz, Cinderela hair products brand covers, BRVURA hair products, Savanna Production (Pacific Storm) for its 2018 calanders, just to name few. She continues to push herself forward every minute and show that determination and perseverance is all the motivation one needs.

My greatest and biggest support came from my family. I owe everything to them. Despite being raised in a black family where education comes first and careers such as modeling come after the acquisition of a degree, my family has supported me through and through. Yes, it was not easy getting my family to support me but family is family they will always support you nomatter the decision you make. They saw that I had passion for modelling and knew that I had grown up with the dream of one day being a model.

I remember the day I was called to do the Netone advert, I told my best friend before my family and her words were “its the little things that take you places” and up to this day I thank her for giving me the biggest push. My greatest moment is that my mother passes through J. Tongogara and 3rd Street everyday before work just to see me on the billboard. Every Saturday my family makes time to go and see my work. They are my biggest fans and I love and appreciate them for that.

In the future I hope to continue to push myself forward every minute by starting my own modeling agency to help young people who have a passion for modeling but have no access to it. I also look forward to starting my own clothing line and of course giving back to the community because the community makes us who we are

I look forward to flourishing more and more in my career to make my family more proud as they have been supportive from day one.

To all rising models, I say, determination and perseverance is key. I also leave this motivational statement by Benjamin Franklin “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”


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