The annual Presidents Day competitions for models has garnered huge interest from established and budding ones. There is so much stiff competition in the modelling category that it has become the only event that is strictly by invitation. This event attracts fashionistas and designers around the country driven by their eagerness to see models that can best sell their designs. The models were recently in a boot camp in Kanye to prepare for the finale that will be on July 14 at Boipuso Hall. One of those models Sesha Basonoko says apart from the cold that they had to endure at the bootcamp, it was a great experience where he managed to learn so much. “I gained a lot of information. I learnt some tips that will definitely make me a better model,” he says. As he gears for the grand finale Basonoko says he is trying out everything to correct himself by among others practicing his walk daily. Kemo Mosweu – currently the brand ambassador of Dinny Glam and Miss Isago Sporting Club – says being part of the semi-finals is an honour for her. “We stayed together the whole week and learnt a lot from designers who we were also staying with us on how we can better ourselves,” she declares. Mosweu is happy that they will have Kaone Kario and Tebo Bakwena of Fashion Without Borders as judges in the finals. “This is very exciting and it gave me the confidence to work on myself so that maybe I can make it to the top three in the finals. I am working on my mental and physical fitness,” she says. It is not the first time she is doing runway and with scouts coming to the event, she is very happy about the privilege of being part of the competition and knows that it will give them exposure and the opportunity to be signed by other agencies.
Caroline Keutlwile – a Medical Student at the University of Botswana – says it was not an easy task because she had to balance that with attending classes. This frustrated her. “I worked so hard towards every task that we were given with the mission of being among the best. I learnt so much from my colleagues but above all I had fun,” she confirms. At one point she wanted to give up following an acute illness but decided to soldier on. She is now working hard through personal fitness sessions to ensure that she wins the big prize at the end. Katlego Banyatsi, who started modelling in 2015 and signed under X models, says it is his first time to take part in the competition. He says when he looked at his competitors, he could see that they all had the legitimate chance of winning. He hopes to reign supreme at the end as the best male model and even be able to penetrate the southern region. Francis Chabo refers to modelling as a nice but difficult journey. He entered the competitions for the first time this year and it was challenging for him. “We first had to pass through things like the height and the walk. What I learnt from the boot camp showed that modelling is coming up well in Botswana and it can be rewarding. I managed to meet different people and different models. To me camping was an honour. It made me grow as an individual,” he says. He is happy to have made it to the finals.