Goetsimang Pride Mbele better known as Pride is a 19 year old innovative, hardworking, passionate stylist and business orientated Model based in Midrand, Kaalfontein. He grew up in the townships of Tembisa, Emcantsi where he fell in love with the idea of becoming a fashionista and a business man early in his childhood. He was so ambitious about this idea in a way that he once considered selling clothes or establishing a clothing business for a living when he got older. This led Pride to learning commercial studies while he was in high school but little did he know that fate had summoned him to the path of becoming a professional fashion stylist and model.
New Town Basement
Pride had a tough time growing up and trying to recognize his true potential/ talent just like any other kid. When Pride finally decided that he wanted to become a model, he knew that it wasn’t going to be easy for him because “modeling” is a profession that is usually perceived as a female dominated platform in most South African Townships. So when he decided to officially commence his career in modeling he received a lot of criticism and stereotypical insults such as “modeling is for females” or “modeling guys are gay” or “stupid” and all of these critics almost held him back from fulfilling his dreams and embarking on his true destiny.
Shot by Leon
Dressed By BlVCK PRIDEON ( Promo shoot for a brand he started with Leon)
Shot by leon
With Dorcas Toko
Kempton Park (Parking lot)
Goetsimang always had a passion for modeling and it’s been a calling that has been haunting him for quite a while in his teenage years, simply because he was tall and skinny, He said. Pride’s enthusiasm for modeling has always been evident from a young age, tracing back to the days he was still in primary school. Everytime he would scroll through magazines with his friends, he would sub-consciously (unaware) find himself curious about the name of the model and the posture which the model is posing in rather than being fascinated by the clothes they’d be wearing/advertising.
When he reached high school, he couldn’t conceal himself from being a model any longer. So he finally decided to burst out of his own bubble and take on modeling regardless of the criticism he was going to get from his peers. At this point he had already made up his mind about being a model and he was optimistic that, this decision would benefit his goals and desires rather than fulfilling society’s expectations.
Shot by Leon
Braamfontein & Maboneng
He took initiative to participate in a contest competition that was debut to take place at his school, Kaalfontein Secondary School, while he was only in the 9th grade. His determination and efforts helped him win the contest and become crowned as Mr Kaalfontein high. Thereafter he actively participated in a few other local contests after winning the previous one at his High School. Pride’s confidence was high at that time but that still it didn’t bring out the best in him until he saw what he was capable of doing in front of a camera, he said.
Shot by Meagan Joey
During his High School years Pride met Leon Chauke, whom later became a good friend and Pride’s main photographer. Leon then played a major role in pushing him to the right direction as a professional model. Pride also mentioned that Leon has been a very helpful person towards his modeling career/ where he is today as a model merely because a majority of his photographs where shot by him and he has been a pillar of strength and motivation throughout the years.
Shot by Leon
Dressed by Sock and tie (Changing Facets Magazine shoot)
“I love leading, having the responsibility to serve other people has always been my thing and I love working with people, taking on challenges and not following the crowd”, He said.
Judging from my interactions with him, Pride was genuinely an interesting person so I had to ask him a couple of questions I was curious to know about him:
Read The Dialogue Below
Me: What are your plans for the future?
Pride: Personally I would jump for joy if I made it to the cover of Vogue Magazine and had my story told, but my ultimate dream is to go back to the young ones who still have their future in their hands and educate them about other careers/ industries that are available to them rather than following only the careers they are offered at their schools.
Me: Are you still going to open that clothing business you once wanted as a kid?
Pride: I actually did. It’s called BlVCK PRIDEON, I co-own it with Leon but due to lack of information and resources we were unable to maintain it but we all learn from our mistakes that’s why I’m planning to obtain a degree in business management so that I can come back stronger.
Dressed By Marry K.
Shot By Leon
With Jay jay
Pride is a Blakk Renaissance, brave and ambitious young man who has chosen to follow his dreams against all odds and all the shallow words of insult criticism and stereotypes that society had to offer him, to become a very inspirational person in today’s modern generation. He uses style to influence his people and restructure his culture by evolving people’s beliefs and their perspective about modeling and at the same time diminishing narrow-mindedness and stereotypical thinking that hinder young people from realising our true potential.
Shot by Leon
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