Good evening, hope all is well with you….
I don’t know if you are aware that this week is for Zambia Fashion Week which starts tomorrow night till Saturday.
The government and other stake holders like Zamtel, Pepsi, National Arts Council, Madmax Motor Spares, Jaguar, land rover, Alliance motors Zambia, Radio Phoenix, A1 outdoor, and many others have pumped in money for this big event.
It will be a big event as it will be Celebrating 50 years of Freedom to a create… Over 40 designers will be show casing during the 3 days of the show, who we heard are paying something like a K1000 for them to be able to show case… It’s being held at Mulungushi Conference Centre…. Now to the surprise of the models today when contracts where given for signing, a day before the show, the models will be paid K200 per day each…. For all three days models are expected to be at the venue from 3pm-9pm… Honestly how fair is it that models are being paid such an amount…
When they have not been providing transport for the times they needed them for rehearsal, they still won’t provide transport on the days of the show afterwards, hair has to be catered for by the models themselves. And yet they decided to give models a contract of K200 per day.
It was so demoralising for the models especially that, the contracts were only given a night before the show, making it hard for one to quit.
This is the reason why most models in Zambia are not making it big, there’s too much model exploitation in the industry and models have no where to complain to expect among themselves… It’s really not fair especially that this years fashion week is big and massive, such that one renowned designer from outside Zambia will also be show casing…. That amount is just too little looking at the kind of event and people involved…. That was not what was expected to be paid but alas that’s what is happening…. We have no where to complain to for fear of being dealt with and having ones modeling dream ruined…. Just needed to get this out so you know what is happening.
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Below: scene from previous events