Today on the Meet The Experts edition, we have a fashion model! Drumrolls please!!!Meet Linglaat Quan Machar, a black supermodel model who shows us the importance of assertiveness and self-appreciation.
All photographs are courtesy of Linglaat and I’m certain you won’t be getting tired of them just as I cannot. Well, ride along to find out more about Linglaat from our interview…
- How did you start your career as a fashion model?
I started my modeling career after giving a thought to people’s definitions since whenever I could go out to the streets, people would ask me if am a model and before, my answer would always be NO. They would tell me that I would make a great model. Seeing that, I started to define myself as a model and then, I went for auditions.
- Why the tagline’ WORLD CHILD’?
The tagline ‘WORLDCHILD’ bears much meaning, history and importance in my life. The tag was given to me by a lady in Italy where I was doing a show “ the Voice of Africa” and according to my theme, she was like,” DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE A CHILD WHO CAN CHANGE THE WORLD?”
That touched me and the next day in studio, she greeted me, “Good morning WORLDCHILD?” That was when the environment picked up the name and I decided to use it. She was proud of me for sure…and I was so humbled.
- You graduated as a water engineer, right? So would you please tell us what inspired you to venture into modeling and not pursue your profession as a full-time career?
Modeling has always been my passion… It is something that makes me happy and proud. I’ve always been like, “ Why the hell should I hold up myself just because I took water engineering as a profession while I got something great in me?”
Thus, combined the two.
- How has the journey been so far? We’d especially want to know how modeling in Kenya is different from that abroad?
The journey has been good but not always. It just requires resilience and commitment. If I should talk about modeling in Kenya especially in the fashion industry, well, it is quite difficult.
For instance, there are a lot of models out there but not all of them get jobs. Basically, it almost boils down to having connections where you’ll be on the safe side if you have them. But also, you might get the job but tend to miss on some qualifications so you have to lose it and if you keep it because of ill connections, it must be haunting enough to be keeping the position of someone who has been wasted out.
What is interesting about modeling abroad is that they give models work according to what each and every model delivers without being picky and corrupt. Your confidence and talent earn you positions meaning that they support models and speak up for the unspoken voice.
- Tell us about your best moment in your career?
Everything that I’ve gone through in the modeling industry has been fine to me. Why? Both the bad and best moments build me up to become a better person.
But anyway, my best moment always is when I hit the runway, walking proudly and watch people telling me, “WE ARE PROUD OF YOU”. Standing up for the black skin has always been satisfactory since whenever am on the runway, I always remember that I am doing it for my people, my black people, my Africa and that keeps me going, PROUDLY AND HAPPY!
- What has been your worst experience in the modeling industry so far?
My worst experiences usually come through judgment; it isn’t easy to work with people who never appreciate your skin tone and are quick to judge you.
I recall how people on the streets could ask why I am that black. Some would even ask me to bleach myself but my answer would always be No. As much as it was difficult for me, I love and embrace my skin so at the end of their sarcasm, they took me in for who I was. It is my confidence that built me up.
On that note, I’d love to tell anyone that there will always be noise around and for sure, God ordained our enemies to give us that new fire and determination to keep us stirred up and reach our destiny in faith.
- Now that fashion modeling is a booming yet saturated career at the moment here in Kenya, how do you ensure you stand out from the crowd?
All I have to do is always believe in myself since I won’t stop doing what makes me happy. I’ll fight for the rights of models and keep on reminding them that we are important in the industry since without models, the fashion industry would be incomplete. It is something that is made up by and with the models! So I also speak for the unspoken for.
- Would you please tell us about some of the clients you’ve been proud to work with?
I was honored to work with the Britam company both in Sudan and Kenya. They are one of my favorite clients and for sure, they value models’ inputs plus and give all the credits and respect necessary.
- Suppose this is a typical shoot: a magazine cover. Describe your style and pose.
Well, to make it perfect you’ve got to be creative. One definitely needs to be smart and have the best attitude.
I’d make sure that while before the camera, I face it straight so that my face doesn’t miss out and use a unique pose that will leave people asking who directed the shoot…ha-ha!
For I complete package, I ‘ll always carry my confidence, talent, flexibility, humility and God fearing nature wherever I go. That is what I consider important.
- What is your quick fix? I mean, what do you think can instantly elevate your look from drab to fab as soon?
People are naturally drawn to your lips when you talk so don’t leave those lips out in your routine. Also, how you dress up will ensure you gain the necessary confidence and look fabulous ASAP!
- Your favorite website? And who is your style icon?
Thanks to YouTube and Twitter, I’m get my time online spent well. And definitely, my style icon is Tyra Banks. I mean, who doesn’t love Tyra Banks now that she is so creative? I just love how she came up to become the first fashionista to invest in the Hunt. She is a supermodel who has supported the work of models and better yet, stand for black models . Coming up with American Next Top models in order to bring models from different countries together and also setting up City Models Africa is commendable.
- Sometimes back, there was this #PayModelsKE campaign that was advocating for the rights of models in the country. Basically, thousands of models were complaining about very bad treatment for instance: some don’t get paid, some are paid peanuts after years of being delayed, others are offered only free shoots in the name of fame and dinner treats while others even have to extend sexual favors for keeping the ‘peanut-paying jobs” . What can you say about that? I mean, have you ever experienced such and how do you manage to stand against it?
Frankly, it all boils down to your professionalism. I mean, did these models have to be desperate enough to extend sexual favors since the industry doesn’t work like that? Or fall into blackmail because of being a cover girl? Oh no!
Definitely, before doing a show or shoot with a client, you need an agreement or a contract which proves that you are professional in the first place.
And again, if a client wanted you to do work for free or less pay and you find it worthy, then go for it since it might open avenues. But even so, models in Kenya precisely should stand up for their integrity and professionalism.
- Would you please tell us some of the works you have been involved in as a Beauty with a Purpose pageant?
Well, in order to be blessed, you also need to bless and become an answer to a generation. I mean, it’s always satisfying enough to touch lives, right?
So earlier this year, I took part in a charity project that mainly dwelt on putting a smile on the faces of children with no homes. It felt like being a father to the fatherless and a mother to the motherless. I did it for the people and if beauty is a purpose, then I need to define it through my life; and the life of an orphaned child is my target.
- Please share with us your future aspirations concerning your career in modeling.
Modeling is an attractive career where only your confidence and zeal will see you achieve big. Currently, I do high fashion shows where I hit the runways and do shoots but definitely, I’m aiming for an international runway. I mean, doesn’t that just define WORLDCHILD?
- What is your advice to an upcoming fashion model in the industry? Now that every beautiful, tall and slim girl wants to venture into modeling due to the fame it comes with it.
My advice to the upcoming models is that they should not become models just because others are doing it and also not because they can fit in modeling industry since they have the body for it. They should not do modeling because of the fame and attention because by the end of the day, fame is not everything. You should do it for your talent in order to achieve and definitely, never be discouraged on what you do.
If modeling is your passion, then give it all your attention, be strong to overcome the challenges and never compromise yourself for the sake of others. Do it as a career and accept yourself for who you are not who you would want to be.
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Well lovelies, that is #WorldChild! How much are you inspired? How much do you promise to love and appreciate yourself since you are blessed? And how much can’t you get enough of Linglaat?Doesn’t she look like a gorgeous piece of art?
I’d love to know all your thoughts in the comments section below…