Practice Pays Off for Thembekile

Noone watching her live on stage during the Miss Zim-USA peagent would ever have imagined that this is a model whose career had only begun just a couple of months prior to this event.

We are talking about the Miss Zim-USA 2ND Princess of course, none other than the strikingly beautiful Thembekile Mhlanga.

"Well I am a person that likes trying out new things. I started modelling this year and I didn't know anything about it but I was willing to learn.
"The first show that I did was in Edmonton Canada an african event called African Fashion Week Edmonton (AFWE). Practicing for the show wasn't easy, my walk was terrible and to tell you the truth I almost gave up because I was just not getting it, but I kept on practicing, on my way to school I'd practice, even going to get something from the fridge I'd practice", said Thembekile.

Practice certainly does make perfect and looking at her now and the wealth of experience she has accumulated over these last few months, nobody in their right mind could ever doubt that.
"After the AFWE event I was privileged enough to have designers asking me to walk for their lines and I guess all I can say is trusting in God has brought me this far and I know He's not done with me yet, more doors are still opening up.
"Now I'm trying out peagentry which is totally different from Runway modeling but I'm all about learning", she said.

Thembekile has worked with quite a lot of designers as well as being part of a number of recognized events, from AFWE, Ethno Fashion Gala, Western Canada fashion week, to the ZimExpo Miss Zim-USA and Miss Beauty of Africa, among others.

For the Edmonton, Alberta Canada based model, the Miss Zim-USA peagent was a unique opportunity to gain the much-needed experience and also showcase what she has learnt so far on one of the biggest stages of them all.
"It was a huge privilege first of all to be part of the show i learnt a lot from everyone and learnt a lot about myself and winning 2nd Princess is something that I didn't even expect but was very honoured", said Mhlanga.

The first year Business student at Northen Alberta Institute of Technology AKA NAIT who plans on majoring in Accounting and possibly go into Business Law in the future said she was keeping her eyes open for new opportunities.