This shoot means so much to me in so many ways. I love culture- because each culture is so rich, I love sexuality- it's fluid and interesting. This shoot started with a photographer requesting to shoot with an actor who sometimes models. It turned into a political statement on race, culture, and sexuality. So tune into this weeks #IndustryTalk with none other than the actor, model, and writer #RomanAnthony at the #RomanEmpire where #RomanReigns. #PaolinoPhotography #MakeupByKai #SherahStylist #IStandWithOrlando #LGBTEquality #Liberation #Actor #Writer #Model #AndrogynyRead More
It's always amazing when an artist can use their art to be of service to the community. Oddly enough I met Javonte at a posh club in Hollywood. I was with a singer friend of mines who introduced me and said you have to get this guy on your blog. So of course I had to do my research to find out why he needed to be featured. Well after much research and learning of Javonte Rose’s journey to becoming a model and activist through personal struggle I decided to reach out for an interview. I must say that art stems from so much, and the best art stems from the greatest pain. With his activism and “I’m Here!” campaign he's inspired youth to have self-love, and respect. Let's chat with Mr. Rose...
R|A: Javonte you grew up in a small New Hampshire town- kicked out at the age of 15/16 and has now created this brand. How did you turn your life around to becoming not only a popular activist and motivational speaker but to this booked model?
J|R: When I was a young boy I always told myself I’m going to be something and I just stayed strong. When the time was right I did what I had to do. I worked hard for what I wanted in life and I would never give up. My Life is just starting and is falling into place. I’m still working- not only on myself, but learning to influence others each day. God is always watching and opening doors to those who wait.
R|A: Can you tell myself and the readers more about your “I’m Here!” campaign? How did this campaign come about?
J|R: IM HERE! Came from others out in the world. I was just being myself on social media, and people would see that. They write me in the DM's asking me how can you be yourself and there’s so many people out there that’s still criticizing! I would tell them, I never cared what anyone said, I always had a strong head on my shoulders and I live life for me not for others.
R|A: Now you're also in the process of publishing your first book… Can you explain what the book will be about? What publishing company will be distributing your book and was it hard finding a company to support your movement?
J|R: Yes, I’ve always thought of writing a book about my life. It was just an obstacle course, and I feel free and ready to tell the world. I will be giving further details on the name on me social media @javonterose & @imhere.4u. The book will be on Amazon, Kindle , and print- available online and through my website.
R|A: What advice do you find yourself continuously gifting to hurt people? I've read some of the messages people have sent you and it seems you know a great deal about pain and healing?
J|R: In my life I’ve dealt with a lot of physical and mental pain. I was one to keep it inside to myself and somehow it just made me stronger. I knew were I wanted to be in life and I knew nobody was going to stop me. I always tell them there’s a light at the end of the path. DON’T GIVE UP! Just stand tall, and don’t let them knock you down. To be yourself, and to live life for you.
R|A: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
J|R: I see myself further into my modeling and acting career. I see my brand being international and making a difference in the world. Having a platform for kids in need.
R|A: How does an activist become a model? How did that opportunity present itself?
J|R: I've been a model since about 17 years old. I’ve started this movement back in October in 2015! I always wanted to help out others and do something. The time became right and I went for it.
R|A: Who was a pivotal person in the shaping of your life? We all have a life-line when we just need to talk or something. Who was that person for you?
J|R: A lot of times I felt alone. I’d be by myself. I always looked up to God. That one person I can always call was my ex-girlfriend from teenage years, Amani Tyrance.
R|A: I've seen on your site that you're also into fitness. What are some of your diet & work out tips?
J|R: I’ve been working out since I was 12. I eat a lot of chicken and fruits. Always have your protein shakes, most important for your workouts. I workout mostly every day.
R|A: Now it is the political season so I just have to ask who are you interested in seeing as our next President and why?
J|R: Honestly I am still indecisive, power and money makes our society dwell in chaos; when it comes to politics. It’s hard to truly receive authenticity within individual parties and their hidden agenda.
Designer: Mzukisi Mbane
Photographer: Dylan Louw
Female Model: Carine Nguz
STATEMENT FROM THE ARTIST: MZUKISI MBANE
Imprint A/W 2016 - Harboring Hope
Haboring Hope is a collection inspired and dedicated to changing and challenging the concept of menswear and the meaning of being a man in Africa presented in a very beautiful, calm and less dramatic way.
Last season we started on a journey, creating gender bending looks. Also referred to as unisex. Inspired by the woman who gave birth to us all. This season we are still on that same gender bending tip. But this time inspiration is taken from various cultural group as well as religious group. Translating this in a more edgy, futuristic and clean way.
I found myself having this freedom. I got taken to a place where creativity was basically limitless. I became free to challenge the very idea of what menswear is (to the society). How it is suppose to be constructed, the silhouettes and well which lines to cross. In this collection you see me playing around with a lot of geometric shapes. Most shapes taken from a deconstructed a - line skirt. I also found myself challenging and exploring the terms oversized and fitted.
With that being said this collection is rather peaceful and calm. The colors used (white and African print). I wanted to tell the story of believing in your dreams and who you are from a different side. A side where you don't have to fight. Aside of beauty and peace.
"Hope on bravely"
I was chatting with my friend Shiraz Reddy- a publicist and host in Cape Town, South Africa about coming to SA to model. I felt as though I also would need to take a break in his gorgeous country while exploring my roots. I had tons of questions about modeling and the entertainment industry there, so he suggested I chat with a model he has worked with, Mr. Lesala Mampa. After Instagram stalking this gorgeous and statuesque model I asked if he would be willing to share his experience as a model in SA as well as his advice to any aspiring models in general.
R|A: First I must thank you Lesala for agreeing to be a guest on my entertainment blog. I have always enjoyed the art of entertainment in all its forms. To start- how old are you and for how long have you been modeling?
L|M: Thank you for featuring me, a true pleasure. I am 29 years old and this will be my 7th year of modeling professionally.
R|A: What are 3 things you love about modeling and 3 things you hate about modeling?
L|M: 3 things I love:
- The creative process– coming up with incredible concepts/story boards, the set designs, the amazing locations; the art.
- The cast and crew – I have had the pleasure of working with incredibly talented people; photographers/videographers, designers, stylists and makeup artists, all with fierce imaginations and passion for their work.
- Growth– being a model really pushes you out of your comfort zone. From taking a powerful shot with live lions to becoming a completely new character for a TV commercial, it always requires more from you. In order to be convincing, for the shot to have depth and dynamism, you really need to embrace each character entirely and by doing so you discover a whole new layer to your personality and skill set.
3 things I dislike (I try not to hate lol):
- Fake- The superficiality and pretentiousness of the industry.
- Struggling artist- The instability and at times bipolar market.
- Mental growth- How the industry can make models feel extremely insecure about themselves. The way you look, walk, talk, carry yourself, from the way your hair curls to how your foot lands on the floor, all of it is judged the instant you walk into any casting. If you’re not comfortable in your own skin, have not made peace with who you are and love your crazy quirky and at times awkward self, it can be very discouraging and damaging to the developing soul.
R|A: It’s important to have a supportive foundation in an industry that can be very disappointing, who would you say supports you most and in what way?
L|M: I would have to say my friends and family. It can be a very emotionally draining and disheartening industry at times and having some encouragement and loving support from time to time really helps. I don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to give up and just follow a stable career in Physiotherapy (what I studied and ended up lecturing at the University of Cape Town) but every time I make that decision, I get a message from a friend praising a new shoot I featured in or a random passer by stops me and compliments my look and suggests I model. Words are powerful in more ways than we can fathom, and if spoken in kindness and love can truly move mountains.
R|A: Who are some of your favorite models in the industry today?
L|M: I really like connecting with people I work with, and I’ve always been inspired by models around me in the industry who have done incredible work locally and internationally but have remained humble and true to themselves. Elodie Venece, Happy Umurerwa, Warwick Denman, Thane Williams and Jimi Ogunlaja, to name a few, have always kept me inspired and pushing harder.
R|A: Do you feel the modeling industry in South Africa is racially biased as it is in say Europe and America?
L|M: For the most part there is a balance as can be seen on TV commercials and print. A lot of the black international models I’ve worked with have said they find they work more in South Africa. But it all comes down to your look. South Africa has a very strong commercial market as such if you have very editorial or high fashion features it will be difficult to break it into the market here. It’s all about networking and marketing yourself well.
R|A: What’s something you just can't live without?
L|M: Music– soothes the soul and centers me. And tea– a liquid hug.
R|A: How do you train to be a model? Did you take any runway classes or study posing?
L|M: I did drama club and music in school which really assisted in gaining confidence when performing to a crowd. When I started out modeling I was lucky enough to be sent to a casting and ramp walking class where I was taught the basics. It’s a learning process. Each shoot, each job is a chance to push boundaries and better your skill. You just need to be open to learning.
R|A: I’ve learned some great techniques from photographers I’ve worked with. What is a good modeling tip you can share?
L|M: Modeling is just not striking a pose, it is acting. You have but a moment to show the exact emotion, mood, dynamic and power the designer and/or photographer has in mind. So keep good open communication with the designer, photographer and/or director in order to be on the same page. Find out what they want and need from you. Get into character and become the James Bond, warrior, rap artist, hero, athlete, boy or girl next door they need you to be.
R|A: What agency are you signed with and can you tell readers when you signed, what the feeling was like, and the steps following?
L|M: I’m currently with Fusion Model Management in Cape Town. It’s always exciting when signing up to a new agency as again it’s an opportunity to grow and excel and better your career. Most agencies have an online form you fill where you can submit your pictures and details. I suggest that you apply to three or more agencies you have an interest in and once you’ve met up with all of them, choose the agency you had the best connection with, the one which was most excited for your look and most aligned with your goals.
R|A: Finally- what advice would you give readers who are aspiring models?
L|M: Do not model for the glitz and glamour, that kind of goal is short lived and not sustainable. Instead become a model for the love of creating art and acting. Allow yourself to get out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself into the infinitely fascinating world of creativity and performance. Most importantly remember that as soon as you become a model you become a brand, so network and get your face out there as much as you can. The agency can only do so much; the rest is up to you.