Julia Tsile is a 25 year old Botswana model based in South Africa! She has been modelling for 5 years in Botswana, South Africa and East Africa and has participated in a handful of fashion shows across the African continent. She has walked the catwalks of Gaborone Fashion Week 2011, Swahili Fashion week 2011, Face of Colour in the Dessert Fashion week 2012, Africa Fashion International week 2011, Mercedes Benz South Africa Hair show fashion week 2012, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa 2012. Some of her notable accomplishments include being signed to K-Mile Agency “an agency based in Johannesburg“, gracing the cover of South Africa’s Vanity Fair Magazine and working with Award Winning African designers like Oswald Boateng, Mustafa Hassanali, Soucha Mhiligue, Kreyann, Frank Osodi, Wetive, Joyce Chimenya and Botswana designers like Mpho Kuaho, Blacktrash, Thato Mokgadi, Mummy Molapo, Botho Chalebgwa, and Gofa Sithole. She has also worked with Cape Town’s biggest Make-up Artist Carl Isaacs, Noeleen from Botswana, and Jennifer Mensah from Ghana. Some of her memorable photoshoots include the works with photographers Petra Rolinec, Michael Mba, and Simon Deiner.
We asked Julia what her advice usually is to aspiring models, she says it boils down to Determination and Resilience. “You have got to understand that nothing good comes easy, and hard work sure does pay off. Be humble and be willing to learn“. According to Julia, “I owe so much to Jan Malan “Founder of Face of Africa and fashion Shows producer in Africa and New York” and Andiswa Manxiwa “Show Producer and Director“, they have done so much for my career and have played a big role in terms of my exposure in Africa for which I am forever grateful.
Photographer: Petra Rolinec
MUA: Jennifer Mensah