BY KIMBERLY KARIATI
CONCEPTUAL model Ruvarashe “Zoey” Udenge says her greatest achievement in the modeling industry has been self-discovery and expression through photography that allows black women to embrace their beauty and culture.
In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Zoey said the creative industry has given her the freedom to express her thoughts and positively influence the young girls in society.
“I am focusing on conceptual photography in which I will show the image of an African woman who embraces her culture and tradition, a powerful and influential woman,” she said.
“I started modeling as a passion and later it became a career. Growing up, I used to watch powerful women on TV and in magazines, and I realized who I wanted to be. I’m really proud to be a part of them now too.
Zoey said her desire was to empower the girl.
“Since I started my career two years ago, I don’t consider working with great artists my greatest achievement, but discovering myself, telling my story in my community and empowering people, in particular. young girls, ”she said.
Zoey said that while art made a positive change in her life, there was still a need to tackle discrimination based on appearance.
“I chose to be a model because it motivates me to become confident and better as a woman telling my story through pictures. I love my culture and would like to establish it so that people can recognize it internationally, ”she said.
“As a model, I would like to fight colourism in the industry. Back then, people prioritized and preferred fair-skinned people over jobs to dark-skinned women. Although dark-skinned women are recognized, there are still cases where they are looked down upon. “
Zoey added, “We also need diversity in body appearance and size in the modeling industry. Art is not about the complexion, size or shape of the body, but the change we make in society. It’s about who you are and what you stand for.
Zoey said she was working on a talk show called Body by Zoey.
Over the course of her career, she has worked with popular artists such as Jah Prayzah, Roki and Holy Ten, who she says have boosted her confidence and career.
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