By Nancy Samuriwo, HourlyHits Reporter
NINE-year old Tadisa Kaseke is flying Zimbabwe’s flag high as she represents the country at the Junior Model International Show set for Dubai in the UAE next month, but she faces a financial challenge.
The Junior Model International is a festival of art, fashion and talent for young children aged 3 to 18 years. This year’s show runs from 23 to 27 November.
With the date drawing close, Tadisa is yet to secure funding for travel and other expenses, and is appealing for help. The Grade 4 pupil told HourlyHits.com in an interview this Sunday that she was excited to represent her country.
The 9-year-old is the only girl and has three older brothers. All the family members including her grandparents have been very supportive of her career.
“I started modelling when I was four years old. I loved wearing my mom’s clothes and swinging in her shoes,” Tadisa told HourlyHits.com.
“I have a strong support system from my family, relatives and friends. They encourage her to stay focused even when I do not win,” Tadisa added.
She got automatic entry into the Junior Model International Show as she is the current Little Miss Zimbabwe. She will face contestants drawn from dozens of countries across the world where the Junior Model International franchise is operational.
These countries include Zimbabwe, South Africa, India, Armenia, Malaysia, Romania, UAE, Japan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, China, Thailand among many others.
Tadisa is unfazed about the challenge and believes the amazing support she is receiving from close family, her school and friends will spur her on.
“I attend the best school ever,” Tadisa said, referring to Canonbury Junior School in Harare where she is in Grade 4. “I get support from all the teachers and love how they cheer me on.”
“I feel honoured to represent my country,” said Tadisa, adding that she hopes to reach out to Kirsty Coventry, the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, for assistance to ensure her trip becomes a success.
“Fellow Zimbabweans, I need your help. I am seeking sponsorship to enable be to fly to Dubai and show the world what young Zimbabweans are made of,” Tadisa said in her appeal to individuals and corporates as well as the Government.
“My friends, I am so excited my friends. I was selected to be an Ambassador to my country again. I will be partaking in the Junior Model International Show in Dubai from the 23rd to 28th of November.”
Tadisa needs at least US$6 600 to attend the show. She says Government needs to set up a fund to help the country’s representatives at various international platforms as they will be raising the country’s flag high.
Preparations for Tadisa’s travel and participation at the Dubai show are ongoing as she seeks to raise the funds. She says while Mondays to Frdays are dedicated to her school studies, she uses Saturdays to pratise for the grand finale and ia leaving no stone unturned to ensure she brings the award home.
“I hold practice sessions on Saturdays. I then decicate Sundays to God,” Tadisa said.
She thanks organisers of Little Mr & Miss Zimbabwe for immensely supporting her.
Tadisa also singled our Miss Pre-teen organiser Mary Mundeya for helping shape her fashion modelling career path. Mundeya, an award-winning model, multimedia journalist and entrepreneur, founded Miss Pre-Teen in 2018 and has held two shows to date.
Individuals or corporates willing to know more about Tadisa’s preparations and to support her cause may contact Deleen on +263772928553 for further information. □