“Excellence is an art that has been won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather because we have acted correctly. We’re exactly what we do repeatedly. Your Excellency, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Niasha Mawere recently had a conversation with Britney-Yvette, a Zimbabwean model, Lets read what happened in that interview.
Britney-Yvette Chiyoko (Matsiuke) aka Skinny Eye-Candy was born on January 18, 2002. She grew up in Victoria Falls and attended Grade 1 to 4 at Chinotimba Primary, then moved to Kings Primary School for Grade 5 to 7. Her high school life began at Marist Brothers High, where she came out in flying colors. Form 5 first term, she went to Eastview High in Bulawayo, then began schooling at home. She always had the vision to empower young people in every way that she could.
She was a sponsor of Miss Mosi 2019 and organized the first Miss Leap year 2020 that will take place on the 29th of February from 1800 to 2200hrs at Shoestrings Backpackers in Victoria Falls with the help of her friend Perpetual Siwela under our big company, the Beauty Galaxy Organisation.
What made you become a model first? I’ve always known that I have the perfect look and attitude of being a model. I can work on any given schedule. I believe in myself above all. Being a model needs someone who knows how to use their body well for a show, art, etc. It also needs someone who can smile and get all the attention of the crowd.
Who was your role model as a child, and how did it help to be a model? My role model has been Ammara Brown and Zozibini since 2019. Besides my love of modeling, I also love singing, and that’s why I love Ammara. The way Ammara takes care of her skin has become a’ I must do’ challenge. Zozibini Tunzi made it even more possible for me to pull up my pageant because of her background and her current titles.
What did your parents first think of you being a model and where they supportive? My parents have always supported me, particularly on beneficial things.
How did you feel when you did your first ever fashion show or photoshoot? My first photoshoot went well because I wasn’t nervous, even the photographs did come out well.
If you were not a model, what other professions would you have been doing instead? I am currently studying as a standard financial analyst in the near future, so had I never been passionate about modeling, I think I’m going to be one of the biggest analysts.
What are guilty pleasures food-wise? Chocolates and Fresh Fries.
How do you cope under the pressures of being a model? Actually, I work better under pressure. From a personal perspective, I enjoy working in a challenging environment.
If a young girl/boy wanted to be a model, what kind of advice would you give them? No matter the difficulties no matter how many of your friends you lose, no matter the lack of support you believe in yourself and make sure your body’s skin and character is a model.
Who/What Influenced you to be a model? I would lie if I were to say that someone had influenced me. It was just an inner force that made me realize that I have the potential to be one.
How do you maintain your future? I’m still studying, I’ve asked for mentorship, I’ve compiled a list of priorities, created financial stability and made time for my family and friends.
Does modeling affect your status in life and with your family? Yes it does and in a positive way
How do you handle Bashers and paparazzi? First thing I make sure I’m not going to panic or take it personally, and I look at the larger picture.
How do bashers affect your career? I get nasty comments and rumors from time to time and that’s a negative impact on my career.
How long have u been doing this and how did you get started? I started when I was very young but got more serious when I was 16 so it was 2 years ago and I started looking after my skin then I went for photoshoots and even went on to advertise.
What products do you use? Avon products.
What are some of your favorite designers or stores? Empress Primy and Athi-Patra Ruga.
How would you make this world a better place? I have a strong heart for the less privileged, and that’s the first thing I’m going to change to make the world a better place. The community, that’s me and you, ought to be there to help out. These people have dreams, but it’s not going to happen overnight if we’re not their ladder to victory. May I not use the term I would, because I’m actually in the process of helping them, I’m going to be the voice of the unheard and the eye of the blind. I believe this world is going to be much better without discrimination.
What do you think about the size 0 controversy and what size are you? I am naturally thin, and it’s usually hard for me to gain weight. I’m 0 in thickness. Despite the fact that I’m also a size zero, I agree that if a size 0 model is told it can’t work, it’s a way of body shaming even the size 15s, like Jaime, once said.
What are some of your beauty tips? I believe in the beauty of nature. My tip is to bathe at least three or two times a day, to wash your face with cold water before bed, and I rarely put on makeup.
Thank you for allowing us to talk with you, any last or closing words to future models? If you want to be a model you always have a positive view of everything. When you fail once, let it not be the excuse for you to give up failure is not the end, but the sky is the limit. Adjust the plan and it’s all going to fall into place. The greatest thing to succeed in life is to love your work, to be disciplined and to persevere forever.