An abundance of fresh new faces recently turned up to the open model casting which was held at the Durban Exhibition Centre for the upcoming iconic 7th edition of the annual Durban Fashion Fair presented by the eThekwini Municipality which takes place in August at the ICC.

Just over 1000 model hopefuls, who have not yet signed up to a model agency, turned up over the weekend in order to audition in front of a panel of judges made up of professional models and designers, with the hope of being selected as one of the 25 models to participate in the upcoming model boot camps.

This event has become so popular that models even turned up from outside the greater eThekwini area, with 6 models having caught the bus from Gaborone, Botswana hoping to clinch a spot on the short list.

The model boot camps provide each model with training by industry experts, from how to pose in front of the camera to walking like a professional on the catwalk, with the ultimate prize being the participation in the Durban Fashion Fair.

The City has created this platform for new faces/potential models, in order to give them an opportunity to break into the local modelling industry. Seen at the event were:

The Judges – Khwezi Ngwenya Ntombela; Mxolisi Luke Mkhize; Sindi Shangase, Kwenzi Nkomo, Stanley Okwulieaku

Ntuthuko Masondo, Siyanda Zulu, Mthokozisi Zulu

Njabulo Mthembu, Sizwe Khanyase, Dwayne Fynn, Ayanda Msomi

Mbali Nkosi, Snethemba Sikhakhane, Zandile Mthethwa

Falzone Gregory, Sindiswa Mbokazi, Megan Mei

DFF 2017 New Face winner Samkelo Shinga poses with Mandisa Hlengwa and Sindi Ngcobo

DFF 2017 New Face winner Samantha Jali poses with two male model hopefuls Syah Zulu and Dino Sibiya

BOTSWANA hopefuls – Ntombi Khumalo; Tumisang Ikaneng; Thabo Shianyana; Tlamelo Tau; Boitshwanelo Kelepile; Kgosi Letebele