Modelling and Cat-Walking is just as difficult as walking on the Moon. Many models have tried their best and have realised, it is absolutely not for them and as such, have packed it in and turned to other professions of their choices.
This situation is arguably, due to some extent the challenges, bottlenecks and politics within the modelling industry.
It is not definitely for the faint-hearted, neither it is a playground for the complete wannabes.
As seen and shown by international modelling stalwarts such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek and some others, it takes more than personal beauty and flair to get a foot in the modelling industry.
But that is not what Rhesa Owusu is thinking about, she seems to be ready come what may, considering her bravado,resilience and hard working ethics which has seen her breaking through some of the modelling norms already.
Rhesa attributes her modelling links to her family saying “As a child I've grown up around fashionable women like my mum and aunties which has helped develop my enthusiasm for fashion design. And as I got older, I started getting more passionate about modelling as well.”
Now17 and soon to be 18 this summer, she deflected the question as to the challenges she face in her line of duties as a young model, “I wouldn't say I face challenges but I'd say I've had different experiences that have shaped me personally as a model.”
Adding to her resilience she said : “Especially as in this industry you have to adapt to different environments and as well as different people. So every job teaches me something I can use to prepare for the next.”
Being multi-tasking is not a word some adults, let alone most young ones, would arguably like to hear or adhere to.
Combing modelling commitments and education might be too cumbersome for many, but Rhesa sees it differently “It's all about prioritising and making sacrifices to make sure education and work come first but don't affect each other.” She advised.
Speaking about her awards, recognitions and accolades since her embarkation onto her modelling journey, she said: “I won the BEFFTA best female model 2016 award last year.
“And then I was surprised with another award for Diva Model of the year at the Divas of Colour 2017 show. This was amazing because it's nice to be recognised for your hard work.”
While some are working and feeling uncomfortable in their fields of endeavours, as far as modelling is concerned, hers, is the opposite “I'm most comfortable when the vision of the designer,photographer and model are all on the same wave-length. It makes working more fun.”
As to what is next for Rhesa's modelling career in as much as her modelling contracts are concerned, she replied “I haven't been signed just yet. But I'm working on progressing as a model and building an amazing portfolio.”
Laura Larson, who is Rhesa's mother, could not hide her joy and emotions as she spilled her reasons “This is actually her second magazine cover. The first one was a group cover, but seeing her solo cover was to say the least, it's more exciting.
“I had to do a double take when I saw the post on social media, before realising I am actually looking at my own daughter.”
“I felt proud of her and the hard work she puts in and also gave myself a little pat on the back and I am still excited each time I see it.
“My final words for now is that, I am really proud of her and I am thankful to God for bringing her this far.” She said.
By Wilfred Clarke
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