FACE OF AFRICA AUSTRALIA
AYOR The Untold Story
Fashion Button Brothers, E. N Maxwell influencing a new menswear trend
Ruby Lynn MELBOURNE BEAUTICIAN TAKES SOCIAL MEDIA BY STORM
Culture meets Couture
International designer Wanita KaNgcobo to showcase her collection at Face of Africa Australia as part of the 2017 Telstra Perth Fashion Festival Cultural Program
CONTRIBUTORS FOAA OPERATIONS TEAM Shumirayi Tsungu Portia Kweyama Albert Muyembe Tatenda Muzondo Yolander Mwanangoi
Face of Africa Australia coming to Melbourne WHO WILL BE THE FACE OF AFRICA AUSTRALIA 2018?
Models from across Australia will compete live to become the Face of Africa Australia 2018. Registrations are now open. Register today by visiting our website www.faceofafricaaustralia.com.au
THE YEAR OF MILESTONES
Photography Ryan Ammon; Model: Ayor - Scene Model Management
Writing and editing FOAA articles brings new revelations each year, through the people involved and in each individual piece. It always gives me great satisfaction to see the humans behind the features and temporarily feel involved in the various work they do. Preparing every issue brings a roller coaster of emotions, but having a passionate team within FOAA makes the outcome worthwhile each time around. 2017 has been an exceptionally memorable year for FOAA, introducing so many new aspects to the entire brand. The growth in this year’s issue has been a new focus on the men in the fashion industry, including children in our shoots and runway, a touch of International flavour, and mentioning the professional side of our African community in Australia. It gives me pleasure to also introduce and welcome our newest member of the editorial team, Tatenda Muzondo.
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FOAA magazine is also expanding its readership reach from predominantly Perth, to Melbourne and Sydney. We have revamped our website to include more stories and categories. We would like to extend an invitation to all our readers to have their voice heard on our platforms one way or another. I’d like to thank you all for the support thus far, and welcome any comments and feedback directly to me on email@example.com XO. Sakhile Ndlovu Email us... firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us... @faceofafricaaustralia
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CONTENTS FEATURING Ntombi Moyo
Wanita kaNgcobo: International Designer
Ayor Makur: The untold Story
BEYA Model Academy
Miss by Jessica Bratich
Ruva: The life of a Songbird 43 FOAA Recap
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Taking a Creative Direction with Ntombi Moyo / FASHION
TAKING A CREATIVE DIRECTION WITH NTOMBI MOYO
tombi Moyo is a Creative Director and Stylist - one of the most overlooked and underestimated services you need when building a personal brand. With everyone starting to work on their online presence, people like Ntombi are there to ensure you have the best visuals to portray your personal identity. The services provided by Ntombi and her team are photoshoot sessions. Ntombi arranges creative concepts for clients, casts models, provides full wardrobe styling, allocates the creative team/ debriefs team, secures the location and culls for final production. Ntombi has also started directing and creating creative concepts for music videos. A career within the Fashion Industry which started in Adelaide is what brought Ntombi to this pathway. Sheâ€™s done styling for individual clients, as well as Westfield and Bardot Clothing. Following that, she progressed to working within visual merchandising and fashion stock control. 6 FOAA ISSUE 3
Ntombi recently made the move to Australiaâ€™s creative hub, Melbourne, where she has been working in Fashion Photography with clients that are fashion labels, artists and individuals. She now has her own creative team filled with photographers, hair and makeup artists and cinematographers. She currently works from her own studio in St Kilda and also works at The Photo Studio Australia as a
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Taking a Creative Direction with Ntombi Moyo / FASHION Stylist and Creative Director, one of the biggest studios in Australia which focuses on magazine style photography. Ntombi is a visuals contributor for Connor Magazine which is a Sydney based Magazine. Her work has also been published in Lucy’s Magazine. Ntombi’s work can be viewed at www.ntombimoyo.com
“GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS AND LIVE THE LIFE YOU IMAGINED” NTOMBI MOYO
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Button Brothers / FASHION
create their enviable made to measure suiting. Past collaborations include a social media campaign with MJ Bale in Florence, Italy and Freeka Runway fashion show with L’entendre which celebrates diversity and culture. Anyone who knows the duo well can appreciate the fact that they do not cut corners and whatever project they take on, they complete with excellence! They truly live up to their
motto ‘What we do is personal, life is short.’ Button Brothers have re-defined Australian menswear through their classic suits and lace up dress shoes paired with a signature fedora and dark shades to tie off the sharp look. “We have visited our tailor’s workshop in Naples and are currently working closely with Spacca Neapolis,
utton Brothers duo Marvin Holder and Palmer Mutandwa were at the height of Melbourne society when they noticed something was amiss. Menswear was undervalued in the Australian market and they decided to rectify the lack of creativity and knowledge. Founded in 2013, Button Brothers began as a menswear and race day fashion blog, influencing the men’s fashion scene. They now offer made to measure suiting for the modern man with a stronger focus on distributing artisanal products to the Australian and South African markets. Button brothers have worked with a prestigious Neapolitan tailor to
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a hand - made artisanal tie manufacturerâ€?. Button Brothers didnâ€™t just stop at suits and ties but also distribute small leather accessories as well as briefcases through a partnership with La Portegna a Spanish leather products brand. Follow Button Brothers for your daily dose of sophisticated style on Instagram @buttonbrothers
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usiness banker by day, occasional comedian and MC, Emmanuel Ranga is not only a performer with style; he also owns his look as Founder of E.N Maxwell. Emmanuel has resided in Australia for a decade, and the release of his menswear brand is not only a personal success for him, but a huge step in the right direction for menswear nationally. We did a Q&A with him as the gentleman of the moment, showcasing the first full range of menswear at the FOAA 2017 Fashion and Hair Runway:
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Where did your love for suits come from? Emmanuel: I remember being in the 4th grade. Once a year we got to wear normal clothes to school instead of the school uniform. All the kids would dress in their best casual attires. I was at the age where my mum chose what I wore. On this particular day she forced me to wear this horrendous mustard brown suit. Here I was walking around school in a full suit and all the other kids were in jeans and t-shirts. I vowed never to wear suits till I was 27 years old (In my mind it felt like 27 was an age where I would have to wear a suit).
E.N Maxwell / FASHION
Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. When I came to Australia, I joined a church band and we had to wear suits every Sunday. That’s when my 4th grade hate for suits came to a halt. Needless to say I wasn’t 27. In my current job, I wear suits daily and my love for suits continues to grow. At what point did you decide to start E.N. Maxwell and why? Emmanuel: So when I got my first corporate job in the bank, as a gift my dad took me to his tailor so I could get suits made for work. It’s only when I started wearing these suits that I realised the
difference that a tailored suit can make you look compared to one off the rack. I worked with the tailor and chose the fabric that I wanted and the structure of the suit. I loved the creative process and to then see the finished product was just sheer bliss. A couple of years later after a few conversations from people who liked my style and how I dress, I figured, let me start my own line of tailored suits What fabric do your suits come in and which ones do you recommend?
Emmanuel: We stock a whole range of options. Our Velvet jackets are quite popular. They just feel good, inside and out. Depending on the customer’s budget and requirements, the suits are made from wool or poly-viscose. I find that the latter is very durable and affordable. Is there a particular target audience for your suits? Emmanuel: The suits are really for anyone. Anyone who wants a good custom made suit without breaking the bank in the process. E.N Maxwell at its core is all about making suits that ISSUE 3 FOAA 17
are unique to each individual. Suits for those people like me who do not like conforming to what is being sold off the rack, an opportunity to create a bespoke piece of clothing. Who is currently wearing them? And what opportunities have you had to showcase to more people? Emmanuel: Wow, where do I begin. It’s an eclectic group of people. We have dressed grooms, groomsmen, people with corporate jobs, people wanting to stand out from the crowd. Friends, family. We have been fortunate this year to have collaborated
with a number of photographers and bridal companies. We took part in our first ever Runway show with FOAA being the second. We were part of the French Festival and have a few events already lined up for 2018. What can we expect to see from E.N Maxwell in the near future? Emmanuel: A women’s range. We are working to launch our range of tailored suits for women. What are your top 3 style tips for men?
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Emmanuel: 1. It goes without saying that every man needs to own a tailored suit. 2. Fitted white shirt (E.N Maxwell has a good range). My favourite is our textured white shirt. You can wear it with anything. chinos, dress pants or jeans. 3. Socks. Go crazy with socks. I reckon socks tell a lot about someone’s personality. I do stand-up comedy from time to time and so inserting a bit of humour and bringing a bit of color in dull situations is something that comes naturally to me. You’ll see me pair my multi-coloured polka dot or watermelon socks with my navy blue suit at work. The bolder the print the better.
Culture meets Couture WITH WANITA KANGCOBO: FIRST INTERNATIONAL BRAND TO SHOWCASE IN FOAA
he name ‘Wanita KaNgcobo’ is of the head designer’s name - Ms. Wandile Mandy Wanita Ngcobo. The name ‘Wanita’ means ‘woman’ in Malaysian, and ‘KaNgcobo’ is from the young designer’s surname Ngcobo.
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The brand is designed for a woman who likes being in the forefront of fashion. A woman who is culturally rooted and embodies sophistication, style, appreciates handwork, loves quality and comfort, and enjoys the classic side of fashion.
Wanita KaNgcobo has a dynamic, creative, innovative, vibrant and dedicated team. It is no wonder that this team has been able to brainstorm ideas, formulate concepts and deliver results of good quality garments efficiently. Their design studio is based
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in Glenwood, a suburb in Durban, South Africa.
provide the highest quality representation of the brand.
The brand employs both women and men to work hand in hand with the head designer. They understand the authenticity of cultural beadwork, more so the Zulu beadwork symbolism. When producing specific looks or collections the team researches the inspiration together with the head designer. The research is implemented to develop an in-depth understanding of their clientsâ€™ requirements. Wanita KaNgcobo has a very vibrant and energetic team, whose only aim is to
Client relationships are built for the long term, constantly endeavoring to have the best, innovative, and most consistent designs. As a young black woman-owned brand, they are a close knit family working together at all times, to deliver the best results and clients always return in appreciation of their professional service delivery. Wanita KaNgcobo is strongly influenced by the rich cultures mother Africa has to provide. Their silhou-
ettes are keeping with the trends, but more so very classic cuts, with a lot of embellishments comprising mostly of African beadwork. The brand refrains from using African printed fabrics, however brings rich fabrics such as raw silk, lace, Italian chiffon, satin, georgette, duchess satin, velvet, tulle, illusion, suiting fabric, jersey knit, suede and leather. Signature embellishments are in significant areas of the garments such as the hem, cuffs, shoulders and necklines. Visit their website www. wanitakangcobo.com ISSUE 3 FOAA 21
Ayor / FASHION
AYOR THE UNTOLD STORY
yor Makur has been in the modelling industry for 8 years and is one of Western Australia’s household names when it comes to catwalk diversity. She discovered her talent on the runway at the age of 19. Modelling has proved beyond doubt for Ayor, that anything can be possible if you have the determination. Making it as a model of colour in Australia is not easy, and Ayor’s journey to her achievements was a bittersweet success story - the best kind there is. Originally from South Sudan, Ayor was born in Ethiopia when Sudan was still in turmoil. She was raised in South Sudan and Kenya. In 2005, Ayor was moved from Kakuma Refugee Camp to Australia with her mother and siblings where her career took off and helped pave the way for others in her community.
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After gaining popularity and recognition both locally and internationally, not only did Ayor become Face of Perth 2010 and win Miss South Sudan Australia 2010. She has also achieved international stardom working in New York, London, South Africa, New Zealand, Cayman Island, and all around Australia. Ayor has been invited to various events as a special guest including as a judge at Miss Africa Perth and Miss Malaika in Juba South Sudan. In 2012, Ayor created a show called Face of South Sudan, which allowed her to share her experiences with young South Sudanese models, encourage them and prepare them for the challenges within in the fashion industry. The highlights of Ayor’s career include walking at New York Fashion Week, London Fashion, South African Fashion Week, Cape Town Fashion
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Ayor / FASHION
Week, Cayman Island Fashion Week, Australia Fashion and Perth Fashion Festival. She’s appeared in editorial photoshoots for the world’s best magazines including Marie Claire, Vogue, Women’s Health, Elle, Box, Grazia and Scoop. Reflecting back to her starting point here in Perth, Ayor has experienced being the only dark skinned model at most jobs. “There
has since been a great change in the diversity of models and I feel that my experience has influenced and contributed to some of these changes, especially in the South Sudanese community” she said. Modelling has sometimes been portrayed negatively, but as a role model there has been a transformation of perception opening doors for many young girls. Ayor has assisted some local models to get signed.
Ayor is currently running her own agency, “Ayor Model Management”. The main objective of the agency is to “train and manage models” from different backgrounds. Their goal is to collaborate with other national and international agencies. Aside from modelling, Ayor is also a Graduate Accountant and a loving mum to her 10 year old son.
AYOR MODEL MANAGEMENT WWW.AYORMODELS.COM.AU
Photographer: Knox Photography
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BEYA MODEL ACADEMY:
“BE YOURSELF” BEYA was founded by Astrid Tshidibu in 2017. Face of Africa Australia has watched Astrid’s career grow and acknowledges her contribution to the modelling industry and celebrates her new Modelling Academy. BEYA targets mostly young adults of any ethnicity and culture who have a true passion for the industry. So far, they have had 14 successful graduates. “A lot of the models not only do the course for modelling but for courage”, says Astrid. They have had models move on to public speaking something they never thought would have been possible before joining the agency.
Founder: Astrid Tshidibu
BEYA has guided models into events such as the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, Vancouver Fashion Week, Africa Gala, and Curtin University for several shows a great achievement for a new brand. The recognition these models have received for being a part of the academy has been amazing and some have gone on to engage in successful freelance modelling. The vision behind BEYA is to showcase the exotic and multicultural diversity in Perth because they believe that there is not enough focus on this around the world. They are looking to give opportunities to those whose
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Beya Model Academy / FASHION race and culture has impacted their journey into the modelling industry, as they may not be considered your ‘standard model’. BEYA is all about giving everyone a go and letting everyone have the chance to reach their goals. If they have the passion, BEYA will guide them into the industry.
non-existent or very rare. A lot of make-up artists and photographers didn’t know how to deal with dark skin colour, which in itself was a huge struggle, but now a lot of makeup artist take extra courses to learn how to deal with dark models. Likewise photographers are also learning the techniques to make black models stand out.
About Astrid - BEYA Founder Astrid’s career started with humble beginnings. A descendant of the Congolese Republic, Astrid moved to Germany when she was nine years old and spent the majority of her life there until moving to Australia in 2008. Her modelling career began at the age of sixteen in Germany
As her business progresses, many people are starting to pay attention
to her experiences. They are learning from them and taking the extra measures to work adequately in a multicultural society. Her agency BEYA has held multiple multicultural runway shows as well as hosting cultural photoshoots to push the beauty of different cultures and races. Currently BEYA is looking into opening the academy Australia-wide, so all who have the passion will have a chance to learn and grow in the broader fashion industry.
however she had a very long break as a result of self doubt. It wasn’t until she moved to Australia that her passion and love for the modelling industry returned stronger than ever. She’s been modelling professionally for five years now, and loves every second of it. According to Astrid, the fashion industry is starting to change now. Many people are starting to open their minds to diversity and culture. When she first started, the client base for black models was almost 28 FOAA ISSUE 3
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Jessica Bratich / FASHION
MISS BY JESSICA BRATICH
A YOUTH ACCESSORIES LABEL CATERING TO GIRLS FROM TODDLER TO TWEEN AGE.
hen Jessica Bratich, a Perth based designer specialising in accessories, reached out to FOAA looking for an African model for her new range of kids handbags, little did we know that the editorial shoot would pave a way for the first FOAA Kids Runway. The local designer is using her new range of little bags for young girls to promote diversity, tolerance and the joys of childhood - a vision FOAA is proud to be affiliated with in our year of milestones. Jessica’s frustration in seeing young girls constantly carrying tacky or age-inappropriate handbags brought her to design a range of “classic” yet very cute bags for toddlers and tweens. This is something we rarely see, but when done right can make a big difference and impact as well. She has also recruited young Perth model Emily Prior as the Face of Miss
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Jessica Bratich / FASHION
by Jessica Bratich. The nine-year-old Emily has cerebral palsy, and is an ambassador for WA-based ad-inclusion movement Starting With Julius. “And for me it’s not only about kids like Emily seeing people like themselves in the media, (but) it’s also demonstrating that to my own kids and teaching them respect. Teaching them that everyone is the same when it comes down to it,” Jessica says.
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As inspiration always comes from somewhere and Jessica’s was from her own four year old daughter Rubika. She was inspired to create the range after Rubika joined her at the design table “She was sitting down drawing with me so I thought it was a really good way to include her — and to stop her stealing my bags too,” she said.
It only makes sense as an accessory designer that she opted to create a children’s range rather than go through years of sharing bags with her daughter. She comments on how these designs are not too grown-up making kids look way older than they are which scares her as a mum. It was important to keep them pretty, feminine and age-appropriate. We couldn’t agree more and fully support the idea of stylish but decently dressed youths.
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Ruby Lynn / FASHION
W RUBY LYNN omen of colour usually face the same problem when it comes to taking care of their faces or enhancing their beauty with make-up. Most cannot find cosmetic products that are suitable for their deep skin tone. With the use of social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook and YouTube, Ruby Lynn is tackling beauty related insecurities and teaching women how to navigate the common beauty struggles. Ruby Lynn is a 32 year old Zimbabwean lady who migrated to Australia in 2004. The following year, she did her Certificate 3 in Aged Care and worked as an Assistant Nurse for 3 three years. She then went to university and did her Bachelor of Nursing degree, and worked as a mental health nurse for five years. Ruby Lynn has only been in the beauty industry for two years, but has had a passion for make-up ever since she was a little girl. To fulfill her dreams, she enrolled in makeup school in NSW. After attaining the qualification, she thought it was not enough because she needed to have a deeper understanding and knowledge of how to formulate makeup products. That’s when she did a correspondence training through a US based world renowned cosmetic formulator expert. She also took some face to face private tutorials on how to formulate mineral powder foundation and other cosmetics like cleansers, toners and more.
she decided to come up with her own makeup line which, believe it or not, began in her own kitchen. Her mineral powder foundation is suitable for hot climates like Australia, UAE and the rest of Africa. The mineral foundation absorbs oils better and leaves skin looking more natural. She also has a wide range of matte long lasting liquid lipsticks that don’t leave stains on water glasses. It’s all grown into a makeup line that focuses on all shades of women of colour, from which she’s also set up an online store www.rubylynmakeup.com. Ruby aims to make a full makeup line to be available in Australian cosmetic outlets.
One thing Ruby Lynn has pointed out about her online popularity is that she needs to get into other multicultural communities in Australia. Ruby Lynn Makeup is for all Africans and People of Colour. Previously, she’s managed to set up a make-up salon in Harare, Zimbabwe that has been embraced so well by Zimbabwean women. She also has distributors in South Africa, Netherlands and United Kingdom. She will be launching her products in Botswana in December 2017 and aims to expand across the African continent, a dream she is sure will come true. Ruby Lynn’s passion for makeup is expressed in teaching women who need some basic makeup skills. Motivation comes when the women give feedback on how much they have improved skills through her free tutorials. “The women are also the ones that encouraged me to come up with a makeup range for them,” says Ruby Lynn. Ruby encourages women to wear makeup for themselves and believes that every woman is beautiful. Her advice to women in general is - “Put effort in looking good, first impressions matter, we are judged by the way we look.”
As a woman of colour herself, and having taken this pathway to help other Africans facing this kind of problem,
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Imani / FITNESS
Imani means FAITH. Imani is BEAUTY. Imani means SEXY. Imani means BADASS. Imani means LOVE. Imani means THE BEST WAY OF DOING THINGS. Imani means COURAGEOUS. 38 FOAA ISSUE 3
WITHOUT IMANI, VICTORY IS NOT POSSIBLE.
shy Mauritian girl from Melbourne Australia and a skinny boy from the East Coast of Africa fell in love with fitness and it changed their lives and showed them their Imani. By focusing on self love, health and fitness and developing new mindset habits and beliefs they found each other and fell in love. Now, Mel Cook and Ronnie Oliech want to share this with everyone. They want people to find their Imani through health & fitness. Imani Fitness is a Body & Lifestyle Transformation studio and online coaching service. They focus on providing the solutions to people who want to transform their life and body forever. No quick fixes, fads or diets, but real life habit change. â€œThe discipline you learn and character you build from setting and achieving a goal can be more valuable than the achievement of the goal itself.â€? B. Bennett
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Imani / FITNESS
MEL & RONNIE’S 13 TOP TIPS TO ACHIEVE YOUR BODY TRANSFORMATION. 1. Stop taking things personally. What people do has nothing to do with you. 2. Create a lifestyle that you love and don’t want to escape from. 3. Weight train consistently for the rest of your life. Muscle mass is the fountain of youth. 4. Look in the mirror and be proud of your daily progress. 5. Find a mentor, coach and team of people who support you to achieve your dream. 6. Be grateful for everything you have in your life. 7. Be ready to make the tough decisions and habit changes. 8. S et a goal that is linked to your dreams and let the goal challenge you. We only grow with challenges. Hint, to be fit and healthy isn’t a goal. 9. B e coachable and be willing to learn. If you didn’t need to learn, you wouldn’t be where you are today. 10. Write down what works, what doesn’t work and what you learn on a daily/ weekly basis. 11. Be honest with yourself and listen to your body. 12. Learn to trust yourself and have faith in your dreams. 13. Find your Imani!
MANY PEOPLE NEVER REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL, LIVE A FULFILLED AND HAPPY LIFE OR KNOW THEIR AUTHENTIC SELF. MOST PEOPLE LIVE A LIFE WITHOUT FINDING THEIR IMANI.
Together they improve their lives, relationship and body on a daily basis to live a life they dream of. “A healthier life together really does improve your relationship spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. And when we are confident, happy, content, focused, our fears and insecurities are less likely to take over and we are more likely going to go on to achieve more in our lives.”
With their state of the art Online Transformation coaching program, they can help anyone all over the world.
Mel and Ronnie are looking forward to inspiring many other people
Their focus for 2018 is to help people who really want to achieve
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their dream body and lifestyle & improve many other aspects of their life. Their 2018 Body and Lifestyle Transformation program commences on 18th of December 2017 in Melbourne. If you would like to go on their priority list to get the launch details first, sign up on their website www.imanifit.com
A body transformation is never about food. Find out more by signing up to their Free Fat Loss e-course on the website. Follow Imani Fitness on Instagram www.instagram.com/imanifitness Get some fabulous motivation from Mel on Instagram www.instagram.com/meljaydecook Be inspired daily from Ronnie on Instagram www.instagram.com/fitrondog
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It is not always easy achieving a healthy balance between life and work. Juggling a hectic family life and keeping up with a demanding workload requires exceptional organisational skills, patience, tenacity and above all a passion for the industry. Busi Oyewopo embodies these concepts with what may be perceived as effortless but is in reality, hard work. Busi is a skilled interior Stylist whose attention to detail makes real estate a natural choice for this gifted mother of four. Busi consistently places the needs of her clients first and regards this as the hallmark of her success in this highly competitive industry. She gives a personalised service that values individual needs leaving all her clients; both buyers and vendors, satisfied by her professional skills. No job is too hard or too small for Busi. She is fastidious by nature and presents her properties meticulously whilst making a conscientious effort for accuracy and maintaining diligence.
Working in the real estate industry has been a dream come true for Busi. Life may not have always been a bed of roses, but Busi firmly believes sheer hard work and tenacity can make all lives meaningful, productive and happy. “Family always comes first,” remarks Busi, as she recounts the exact moments that have shaped her outlook today. Born and bred in South Africa, the earliest years of her life exuded nothing short of warmth. Life was centered on a joyous, tight-knit family as one of six children. Since then Busi and her family have relocated to Perth, a beautiful city she now proudly calls home. Busi migrated to Australia in 2002, and she and her husband have enjoyed the easy lifestyle and warm welcome of Western Australians. Initially studying a degree in Information Systems at the University of Tasmania, she resided in Launceston while her husband, a GP, practiced in the remote west. Busi then worked alongside her husband in establishing a medical practice in the hills and gained innumerable skills in working with others in a complex healthcare system. Busi has an easy going personality and an infectious smile. She makes time for others even in her hectic schedule. When she can steal away time for herself, she dabbles in her love for tennis, event planning and fashion. Holding these interests dear to her heart, she has succeeded in making an impact on others away from family and work. Having recently spoken at Stepping Out of the Shadows, a mental health awareness campaign for Lifeline, Busi is an advocate for a healthy mind. The secret? It’s all about maintaining focus, and making time for the things that truly matter. ”Busi says. “Gratitude keeps me grounded, while my goals and priorities (like family) keep me moving.” While honesty and kindness are a virtue, compassion and unwavering diligence are at the core of Busi’s vibrant life. Busi holds her passions close to heart, and her family even closer. As a dedicated mother, she continues to pass on solid life and family values to the next generation, as she seeks the best for all of her children. As Busi believes, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If you’re looking for someone to entrust with your next real estate endeavour, Busi is more than happy to sit down with you and lend her expertise at a time convenient to you. Get in touch with her on 0447 651 444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ruva / MUSIC
THE LIFE OF A SONGBIRD
n its sixth season, the popular reality TV show The Voice Australia saw international voices battle it out in search of Australia’s best voice. Amongst the talented finalists was Ruva, a proud member of the Zimbabwean community who was born in Australia.
Ruva told FOAA in a follow-up interview how she’s always loved singing and performing since childhood. The talented songbird works in musical theatre 8 shows a week, and on her downtime she’s writing more music! She believes singing is life,
making us aware that this is not just a random hobby. Ruva credits her experience when studying at the Victorian College of the Arts secondary school as a real turning point in her career choice. She expressed that after being accepted
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“AS A CHILD IT WAS MORE OF A FUN PARTY TRICK, BUT AS I GOT OLDER I REALLY STARTED WORKING ON MY CRAFT AND DECIDED TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY.”
into this elite arts school for gifted young musicians, this was a huge initial achievement in itself. While studying there, she was the recipient of the Young Leaders Jazz Award and was given the opportunity to perform at the International Women’s Jazz Festival at the renowned Bennetts Lane and Federation Square in Melbourne. On top of that, Ruva also feels lucky to have worked professionally in the musical theatre world, with her debut show being The Lion King. She followed this show with We Will Rock You and Dusty, which enjoyed a national tour. In her most recent achievement, which sealed her spot on the map and in our hearts, Ruva shares that The Voice Australia was such a fun experience where she had an amazing time working with the team. Admittedly, it was also such a surreal challenge which she will never forget. 44 FOAA ISSUE 3
ootsTV is an exciting and fresh, community-based YouTube Channel, that provides a platform for the community groups to connect with each other. The channel focuses on community news, interfaith programs, sports and technology segments, as well as programs for children. RootsTV aims to reach diverse parts of the broader community in Western Australia, by providing a platform
for our local organisations to have their voice heard. Projects are run by a team of talented, experienced and passionate community members who provide their expertise pro-bono. RootsTV educates, empowers and employs young people from historically underserved communities in the digital media arts including video production, animation, graphics and web design.
The founder Abdulrahim Elmi worked with at-risk youth for over 26 years in the UK and here in Australia. He hopes, through his foundation, to empower young people with alternative pathways away from crimes and disengagement. In 2016 RootsTV young filmmakers produced two film documentaries in Sudan and Colombia. They are excited about the first WA Mental Health film Festival to be produced in 2018. Learn more about Roots TV via their website www.rootstvperth.org
On her mentor Seal, Ruva says he is great. Very calm and knows his stuff, although she wishes she got more time with him. FOAA is in admiration of Ruva thus far, and we are excited to see younger, talented Africans represent our community at such a massive scale. Ruva’s music is available on all streaming music sites as well as her website www.ruvamusic.com
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The Next Step FOAA.ORG T
his year Face of Africa Australia experienced growth through new networks and collaborations. Delivering a magazine publication and hosting a fashion showcase is never an easy task. It requires financial resources, commitment, passion and determination. I can safely describe the small team that delivered the successful outcome as having contributed all of the above.
By Shumirayi Tsungu
The easiest could have been to give up, but the team kept the project afloat. Our editor worked tirelessly to continue telling the African Australian story within in the creative industry. The event team dedicated their time
to deliver an unforgettable fashion show with our very first international designer showcasing at our 2017 fashion showcase. Special thanks to our innovative public relations representative Portia, for spearheading our international pathway. Through hard work, new opportunities have presented to Face of Africa Australia. I am proud to announce that Face of Africa Australia is officially incorporating as a Not-for-profit Organisation. It gives me pleasure to announce our Executive Interim Board whose full biographies will be found on our website www.faceofafricaaustralia.com.au
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WHERE ARE THEY
NOW? NASUTU The Face of Africa Australia 2017 Scene Model Management 2016-17 Fashion Shows • ECU Graduate Runway • Urban Couture Runway • Boobalicious Ball Runway •O ne Fine Day Wedding Runway • Telstra Perth Fashion Festival - Wesley Quarter Runway - Ollie & Sons Runway #2 - Multicultural Runway -C hirriger Aboriginal Runway - New Generation Runway -C losing Night: Wheels & Dollbaby Shoot Campaigns Flat Tummy Tea 2017 Campaign
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ERIC Runner-Up BEYA Model Agency Shows • African Gala Fashion Show • Curtin University Fashion Show • BEYA Fashion Show Term 2 • FOAA Pre Show • French Festival Fashion Show • Melbourne Cup Festival • Telstra Perth Fashion Festival - Culture Kings - Jack London - Enex Shoot Campaigns Hair Collection for Nation Competition Music Videos - Iwacu Niheza and If Eyes Got
FOAA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS Tom Brooking Levy Mpofu Inzwi Murapata Michelle Pike Pearl Proud Busi Oyewopo Blessing Tsungu
From Left: Jeraldine, Nasutu and Eric
Director, Brooking Design Architects Senior Manager, Audit and Risk Consulting Principal Lawyer, Advance Legal Fashion Illustrator and Director, Jonté Studios Chair, Connect Groups and Clinical Lead, Headspace Practice Manager, Hills Family Medical Practice & Property Planner, The Agency Applications Developer, WA Government & Founding Partner, FOAA Illustration of Nasutu by MP Illustration
FOAA has helped me to build my modeling career since the day I appeared on their magazine. I got so much attention from designers, photographers, modeling agencies and everyone else who believes in male models. This gave me so much confidence to believe that I can be where I am today.
JERALDINE Runner-Up BEYA Model Agency 2016-17 Fashion Shows • Fashion To A Tea : Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea For Jonté Designs •B EYA Fashion Show Term 2: A Piece of Heaven • Telstra Perth Fashion Festival -P arker & Co. International Men’s Runway - WA Designer Capsule - Aelkemi & 33 Poets: Shade of Nightfall FOAA has helped boost my confidence and it opened up a platform for me to be seen and discovered.
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THE LANGUAGE OF FASHION:
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MULTICULTURAL RUNWAY TPFF UPDATE by Tatenda Muzondo
elstra Perth Fashion Festival (TPFF) is the biggest fashion event of the year for Western Australia. Perthâ€™s best fashion talent is showcased annually throughout a week of style and talent. 2017 was the first year that the fashion festival included an Indigenous and Multicultural Runway increasing diversity on the runway. The day was filled with colour and style. The sounds of India and Africa accompa-
nying models of all ethnicities, shapes and sizes as they presented the gorgeous varying languages of fashion.
valued stakeholder, supporting inclusion, diversity and celebrating culture which is everything we stand for.
Face of Africa Australia has always been at the forefront of bringing diversity to the fashion industry and we were honoured to be a part of the advisory committee representing Perthâ€™s talented African designers and models.
This is just the beginning, however, as we continue to support our local African designers, we believe that the inclusion will grow and we will see our designers participating in main events as part of the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival TPFF fashion runway.
The event was presented by the Office of Multicultural Interests, a
FASHION COUNCIL WA INDUSTRY FORUM MORNING TEA 2017. Presented by AMP Capital Shopping Centres.
Guests were dressed to the nines at Hyatt Regency Perth as we enjoyed the delicious food, and there was plenty! Our hunger was more than satisfied, yet this brunch awakened an internal hunger for more. Special guest, Chairman Zhang educated young designers on breaking through into the Asian market. The Fashion Council WA is partnering with the Chinese fashion body to create a platform and increase opportunities for the designers achieve this. On a local level Face of Africa Australia encourages African designers to break into the local market and attending such events hosted by the Fashion Council WA inspires us to do more.
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Face of Africa Australia Pre-Launch HOSTED BY THE MONK CRAFT BREWERY AND KITCHEN
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n the heart of Fremantle lies The Monk Craft Brewery and Kitchen, this holds a beautiful venue space “The Monk Loft”. This night belonged to the Face of Africa stakeholders who were given an exclusive sneak peak of the 2017 fashion showcase.
pening Night: All eyes were on the Crown Pyramid, the 2017 home of Telstra Perth Fashion Festival. The opening night was spectacular, the atmosphere was astounding and the venue was as jaw dropping as the looks on the runway. Special thanks to the Office of Multicultural Interests for the guest invitation.
Naked bulbs hung from the ceiling and the exposed brick walls giving the venue a warm and inviting atmosphere to be enjoyed by everyone. The most eye catching part of the
WA Designer Capsule: We attended the WA Designer’s Capsule to support Jonté Design. Jonté Design constantly supports Face of Africa Australia, through styling models and runway mentoring for our events. Without being biased, this was one favourite show. The WA designers did not disappoint as the pieces graced the runway. ILKA’s styling on the dark
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skin models did not go unnoticed and this led to a new collaboration with ILKA. FOAA is always looking for new opportunities to work with local designers. Thanks to ILKA for styling Ayor Makur our 2017 magazine cover. Closing night: A phenomenal night it was! The atmosphere was ab-
The atmosphere sizzled with expectation as the venue began to fill up with our stylish guests. Coming in from the lively Fremantle street, guests were met with fresh green ivy creeping along the restaurant, intertwined with softly glowing fairy lights. The delicious aroma of The Monk’s gourmet menu drew us into the building.
solutely electric. Wheels and Dollbaby took charge of the runway. Fashion never sleeps, even on a Sunday. The sexiness and power oozed from the models as they marched to the rock beat of The Divinyls, a rock band from the 80’s. A surprisingly perfect way to end fashion week on Sunday night.
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evening however, was the large grazing table. Decorated with barrels, a feast of cheese, cold meats, fruits and so much more delicious eats were available for guests to nibble. The night concluded with a colourful runway show by Daphne Wong, Zoleesjoy, Best of Both Boutique, Danda Couture, Ayor Model Agen-
cy, BEYA Model Academy, Anaka and our stylists. The designs were viewed from all angles as they travelled through the restaurant. Music, aromas, and fashion a great atmosphere for our guests and Fremantle locals on a Thursday night. Thanks to The Monk Craft Brewery and Kitchen for an amazing evening. Visit their website https://www. themonk.com.au/
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