Recharge Braai Lounge in Midrand will be lit, come 27 October with the Sister Rising Model and Talent Agency hosting a modelling event.
The event which is designed to be a platform for upcoming designers, artists and models to showcase their talent and ignite their entrepreneurial spirit promises to be sparking and sparkling.
According to Brenda Molefe, director of the Sister Rising agency, not only talent showcasing will be achieved but also open up an opportunity for international trade for the agency and their participants and guests.
“We are going to have a good time and since the aim of the agency is to give an opportunity to young local and upcoming talent, we will be having a selection of upcoming artists, dancers and poets. The headliners will be the young and dynamic female duo from Empire Records, SIAAH, the Agency’s own artist, Xplissit, Judy and Real Steve will also be entertaining guests” she said.
Designers from Zambia, Lesotho and South Africa will be showcasing their designs on the day and a lot more activities are lined up.
The pop up stalls have five exhibitors with a mix of fashion, jewellery, material and art. Then six more with different wares, one of which is owned by a soccer player.
“We expect fireworks on the day with five designers from Zambia, two from Lesotho, one from Congo but based in Gauteng, about four from Durban and three from Gauteng. Most of them are females although we also have males,” said Molefe.
The event is running for the second time and according to Molefe, the biggest difference from last year’s is that there will be international guests that are attending, adding that they are not only featuring international designers, but have collaborated with an agency owned by former Miss Arica 1st princess, Queen of the universe and Miss Lesotho, Rorisang Motlomelo who is bringing in six designers to the event.
Molefe said they have secured sponsorship from Recharge Launge that has given them full usage of their venue hence this year they have space to include pop up stalls for those that cannot showcase on their models but still want to be part of the event.
“We are also launching our online talk show on the day called ‘”15 minutes talk show” where all our exhibitors, artists and models will get a special interview which will set the tone for how we want the show to be a platform where all artists, entrepreneurs and the like will get to be given their 15 minutes to fame on the show, “she added.
The event will also see the launch of a new baby, a charity drive called JeanZ n Ts for TeenZ and this drive is “very dear and special to my heart as all the models and management team will be involved as we try to secure as many jeans and t-shirts for youth in high school and entering tertiary level education” she added.
The initiative came into being after she was approached by a first year student here for clothing donations, she was then inspired to start a drive to collect as much jeans and t-shirts for high school and first year students.
“The agency since last year has supported an orphanage and I saw how just one idea of helping someone can go a long way.”
Molefe said with the help of their sponsors and a good turn-out, she believes this year’s event will really change a lot of people’s lives, including themselves and that of those they plan to touch going forward.
The event’s theme, “Old school is still true school” redirects people into their childhood a bit, with some nostalgic moments that come from fashion, music and dance.
Some of the designers were part of last year’s event so it is very exciting that they decided to be part of the show again this year.
Designers from Zambia are as a result of a conversation Molefe had with Thandi Vhundamani, an actress, radio and TV personality from Zambia who will also be co-MC for the event. Those from Lesotho were suggested by, Rorisang Motlomelo, who she met through an entrepreneur group called Continent Connector.
“It has always been my dream to take the agency to an international level and market and it’s true what God puts in our hearts and if you stay faithful he surely will make it happen,” she said, adding that she is positive, nervous and excited all at the same time.
Sister Rising is an agency that came about as a result of a brain storming session when Brenda put together a team in 2016 to try and do make-over reality shows. From then, the agency has borne more companies and ideas.