- Written by Queen Munguti for Kenyakidz
Touch models Kenya are giving a chance to Kenyan kids to try out their hand at runway modeling with their 10 week training course at a time when Child modeling gaining authority in Kenya
“The course will include six training programs,” said Ken Musyoka, the director of the agency. “There will be introduction to modeling then followed by programs such as basic elegant catwalk, advanced elegant catwalk, dramatic modeling, group modeling and product modeling that will leave here well-versed on modeling.”
Unlike commercial modeling, which revolves around advertisements on broadcast and print platforms, runway modeling entails displaying clothes and related products on catwalks and fashion shows thus it require a lot of training compared to commercial modeling.
The introduction will involve teaching them the different types of couture gowns and the appropriate catwalk modeling styles such as; mermaid, A-line and can-can.
Basic elegant catwalk is about developing the right attitude on the runway, adapting the appropriate mood, understanding music elements like the beats and the tempo to accommodate the catwalk style while advanced elegant catwalk involves details and essentials of handling a couture gown, respecting the creations of designers, understanding and developing runway attitude for elegant catwalk.
In dramatic modeling, it involves to catwalk styles, the soft dramatic style and the edgy dramatic style. “The edgy style is learning how to bring out the right look and attitude in hair shows, makeup shows, nail-art shows while the soft dramatic catwalk is about shows such as bridal shows, we teach them how to handle veils, the train and ensure they bring out the best of the gown,” said Musyoka.
Group modeling teaches about couples modeling on the catwalk, 3-point group modeling styles and technique, group modeling styles and techniques for more than 3 in a group. “The last program of the course involves product modeling which is the basics of catwalk modeling with products, understanding and adapting modeling style to suit client requirements, advanced product modeling for: bags, shoes, jewelry,” she says.
The course will involve two classes every week on Saturday and Sunday at their offices at Ngong road 5th avenue suites, Nairobi. Children aged 6-14 years can apply via their website www.touchmodelskenya.com or at the offices at at Ngong 5th Avenue. The classes cost Sh8000 and payment can be made via cash, cheque or MPesa paybill although a 25 per cent deposit, at least, is required upfront when signing up.