New York beckons for Black Opal beauty

HARARE - In a country in which few models can boast of being ambassadors of global brands, it is not difficult to understand why Betty Gugulethu Moyo is thrilled to be the first ever Black Opal Face of Zimbabwe (Bofoz).

Betty believes her appointment in March this year as local face of Black Opal is a positive step that should be lauded.

The 19-year-old Chitungwiza lass recently spoke to Daily News on Sunday’s Sharon Muguwu (SM).
Below are excerpts of the interview.

SM: Who is Betty Gugulethu Moyo?

Betty Gugulethu Moyo (BM): I am a 19 years old model from Chitungwiza. I was born in Buhera to a Shona mother and a Ndebele father.

SM: Was it easy for you to break into modelling?

BM: I have always wanted to be a model since my high school days, but due to my weight and height, l never really qualified for any modelling contests or agencies in Zimbabwe.

This killed my interest. Winning the Black Opal Face of Zimbabwe has landed me my first real modelling opportunity and luckily for me, the contract did not have tough physical requirements demanded by other modelling competitions.

SM: What does being the Black Opal Face of Zimbabwe (Bofoz) entail? Are you paid for it?

BM: The Black Opal Face of Zimbabwe promotion was all about finding a local face to be the brand ambassador for Black Opal Cosmetics in Zimbabwe.

I am now the Brand Ambassador of Black Opal Cosmetics Zimbabwe, my job is to advertise and sell the brand at a higher level and to encourage Zimbabwean women to use the brand.

My face along with those of my first and second princesses, Kuda Gamba and Nyasha Kowo-Nyakunu respectively will be featured in Black Opal retail outlets nationwide.

As a reward for being chosen as the face of Black Opal I won a one week all-expenses paid trip to New York, plus $3 000 spending money.

I will be taking my mother along. I will also receive a monthly wage comparable to that of an employed Black Opal make-up artist for my work of helping to promote the brand in Zimbabwe.

SM: How long is the contract?

BM: One year.

SM: What kind of dishes do you enjoy? Does being a model limit your food choices?

BM: I love pasta and l have it everyday; it is like my staple food. I am a curvy model and l am at peace with my physique.

I love the way that I am built, so l eat anything that I want; I eat reasonable amounts.

SM: What is your dress style?

BM: I dress according to the occasion but l am a very elegant young lady.

I have taste when it comes to fashion. I am comfortable in professional suits just as I am in Sunday summer dresses.

Black Opal is a very elegant brand so being the face of the brand now, l dress accordingly.

SM: How big are you?

BM: I am a size 34/10 from the waist going down but upwards I’m smaller. I’m 165cm tall.

SM: What is your education background and professional training?

BM: From high school l went straight to study ACCA but now I’m also in the beauty industry.

l aspire to be a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a life coach.

I also want to be a beautician running and owning my own enterprise.

My desire is to be involved in the beauty industry inspired by my love for the work I am doing with Black Opal.

SM: Who is your role model?

BM: I love Terry Pheto, former Face of L’Oreal South Africa.

SM: Which modelling agency are you with?

BM: I’m with Zimgossip Model Agency whose director Mercy Mushaninga discovered me and groomed me.

SM: What else should we know about you?

BM: I am very grateful for the opportunity that I now have as the first ever Black Opal Face of Zimbabwe.

I am looking forward to meeting staff at Black Opal USA and the factory where the products are made in New York.

I will attend beauty and fashion shows and my itinerary will be filled with beauty and fashion-related events such as spa treatment, broadway shows etc.

The people I am going to meet, the places I will see and just the exposure in general, will really enhance my outlook on life.

I come from very humble beginnings and feel that a lot of women will relate to my circumstances and dreams.

I hope to inspire young women in Zimbabwe to go for their dreams, and not to let anyone try and stop them from reaching their potential.

I am certain this brand ambassadorship will be a stepping stone for even greater heights for me.

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