#ModelOfTheMonth : Cindy Makita
Welcome to our first Monday in MArch! You know what this means: A brand new #ModelOfTheMonth . For this third month of the year, we're bringing you a model who balance more than a four-leaf clover can and does it with more than just luck! I present our model of the month: Cindy Makita! I know that by the end of this article you'll want more of her so feel free to follow her on her social media outlets Instagram, Twitter & her Blog.
Enjoy my latest interview with her and some of her work that's featured throughout this article.
Name: Cindy Makita
Location: Miami, FL - Congolese, born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Moved to the U.S in 2015)
How Did You Get Your Start In Modeling?
I started off doing pageants at 14, and that led me to pursue a modeling career. At the age of 15, I won my first pageant with South Africa's Top selling English magazine- YOU Magazine. Following that, I went on to become Miss Teen Johannesburg and that sprouted my modeling career. I got signed to one of South Africa's top modeling agencies ALUSHI Models at age 16.
What Are Your Goals For Modeling?
My goal is to get into doing big print campaigns for top brands. Modeling is one of those things that is limitless with endless possibilities. So I am excited to see where it will take me.
What Was Your Best Modeling Experience/Memory?
Tough to pick, but one of my best modeling experiences was being selected as a model for the Adidas Spring '13 collection. This included a photo campaign and runway show in Johannesburg, South Africa.
What Was Your Worst Modeling Experience/Memory?
A music video shoot for a popular African artist. I now avoid doing music videos unless I am booked as a main dancer.
How Do You Balance Your Passion For Modeling With School, Dance, and Personal Training?
Although my schedule does get very busy, I love what I do so it makes it worth getting up in the morning to do all three. Since I have been modeling and dancing for several years, I have learned time management skills and how to prioritize. Learning that I don't have to take EVERY opportunity that comes my way, and careful selection of those opportunities that will benefit me and best advance my career is essential. That has also helped with managing all three.
How Has Your Culture Played Into How You View And Carry Yourself In And Out Of The Modeling World?
Growing up under African tradition and culture has definitely shaped my experiences both in and out of the modeling world. Starting off modeling at a young age I felt the need to fit in to what society classified as being beautiful, according to "European" standards. But as the years went by I became more aware of my African roots and chose to embrace them more in my modeling than I used to. This took time, though, and a lot of "No's" and blows to my self-esteem before I could get to the full realization that I loved the skin I was in and I loved my African heritage even more.
Who Do You think You Would Be If You Never Got Into Modeling?
If I didn't get into modeling I would probably be full blown into my dance career.
How Do You Plan To Keep Modeling Throughout Your Life Or Do You Foresee A Time Where You May Step Away From Modeling All Together?
I will definitely keep modeling for as long as I can. It's something I love to do. I moved to the United States to pursue a degree in Business but I ended up modeling over here too, which was not my plan. I guess It's something I am meant to do.
Who Is Your Inspiration In The Modeling World?
Alek Wek. A Sudanese British Model who challenged the perception of beauty in the fashion industry.
What's Your Favorite Quote?
“And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”
― Lupita Nyong'o