Models don’t always get the amount of love and credit they deserve. An item of clothing could look amazing hanging up in your closet but chances are, you bought that shirt or dress or the entire outfit because of how it was modeled, whether by yourself (shout out to fitting rooms) or that person who was hired to give the outfit some life.
We are dedicating this segment to the models who so generously lent us their time and good vibes to bring our pieces to life. You'll get a peak into who they are and their interests as they relate to African fashion. So, without further ado, we introduce to you, Mika.
1) What’s your background (where are you originally from)?
I am originally from The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
2) When was the last time you been to your country, if at all?
It's been over 21 years since I was last in DRC. It is in the works for the near future to visit.
3) Before being introduced to our brand, what was your experience with African print/traditional African clothing?
My experience with African print back home in DRC was great. However, I wouldn’t say the same since being in Canada. Most, if not all, the fabrics, patterns and styles that I come across are not authentic to the culture, holding their status as generic prints.
4) What attracts you to this type of clothing?
I love the history linked within the prints. They tell stories and the African culture within the styles. It's a must to support our own, but it's even greater watching them as they grow.
5) If you had to pick just 1 favorite piece from the Shakara stock thus far, which one would it be?
I would have to say the Chike Top. It’s a perfect fit, the look is amazing, not too flashy and it is very comfortable.
6) What are some places you could see yourself wearing Shakara?
Shakara is something I would wear to special events & any moment where casual dress is permitted. Shakara has a level of class and African culture that it provides which displays it to be quite proper.
7) What’s one thing you want everyone reading right now to take away about you aside from your love for Shakara?
The thing I can currently offer as a life motto and personal philosophy is "In all you do: live a life that's worth watching".
Thank you for your feedback and continued support @iammikalegacy. Go check out his newly released single "In My Own Lane' available now on all digital streaming platforms! The music video is also available on YouTube! The man is doing numbers!