2019 UMP male model of the year award winner, Keitumile Kawilima has said 2020 has proved to be a set back on his modelling career.
Speaking in an interview, Keitumile said nothing has materialised or come to fruition due to Covid 19.
"This year has been hard for me personally and has proved to be a huge set back in my career. After winning the awards, I was aiming for international platforms.”
"I was lucky enough to have gotten a few shows confirmed outside of the country but with the state of things, nothing has materialised or come to fruition and that has been a really big blow," said the 21 year old model based in Mzuzu.
Keitumile got into the professional modelling scene in 2018 with Mzuzu fashion week and he has since participated in Mzuzu Fashion Week, Africa Fashion and Arts Festival and Fashion 4 change among others.
"I basically just decided to go for the model casting that year and that's how my career took off. Quite funny but it was actually my mom that pushed me to start modelling," he revealed.
He said winning the 2019 UMP male model of the year was the highlight of his career.
"Every moment on the runway is a high for me. The backstage adrenaline rush, the crowds, everything. But if I had to pick a highlight it'd be winning model of the year in 2019, it accentuated all the hard work and effort I had put into my career.”
"Being a model from Mzuzu working to earn the same opportunities and platforms as my colleagues from bigger cities and I felt like I deserved that recognition cause being from Mzuzu I have to work twice as hard as everyone for the same opportunities."
Keitumile looks up to rapper Hayze Engolah as his role model.
"Weird, but most of my role models are not models, so allow me to list Hayze Engola on this one, not the rapper but the man. I'm driven by this guy's drive, hunger and determination, and his philanthropic side is worth recognition as well so for that, he should get his flowers while alive."
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