- Nontobeko Mbuyazi lives with albinism
- She has experienced cyber bullying because of her condition
- She became a model to spread awareness about her condition and inspire others
Growing up, this young woman was bullied because of her appearance, but she did not let the torment stop her from reaching for the stars. Nontobeko Mbuyazi lives with albinism, but has not let the condition deter her from pursuing a modelling career.
Today the radiant beauty from KwaZulu-Natal features in the glossy pages of well-known magazines and is on the most-wanted list of many fashion houses.
About two years ago, the 22-year-old was an unknown criminology student with aspirations of becoming a model. She was spotted by a photographer named Val Adamson, who immediately saw her talent and potential.
After joining the Cape Town-based Topco Models, Mbuyazi was ready to conquer the world. She has been featured in international campaigns such as Vogue Hong Kong.
She will be casting for the London fashion week soon. Speaking to TimesLIVE, she said:
"I’m super excited about it and a bit nervous but mostly excited because it’s every model’s dream."
She was recently booked for the Brooks Brothers Supima campaign in Cape Town which is featured globally. She is also featured a lot in New York.
Having been a victim of bullying, Mbuyazi co-founded Masiqoqane. This organisation creates awareness about albinism. She wants to use the international catwalk as a platform to help stop the gruesome murders of those living with albinism.
There are some in Africa, including SA and Tanzania, who believe that limbs of people living with albinism hold magical powers that can bring luck and ensure good health. She hopes that having her face splashed in global publications normalise the condition and also inspire others living with it.
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