Saturday, 31 December 2011

Positive Runway Catwalk founder Ms Justina Mutale speaks to the Police


1)                   For those who are not familiar with you tell us briefly who you are and what you do?

I am many things, but most all I am Justina Mutale.  As you know, if there is one thing a woman can be, and do – it is many things!!  And I can be many different things to many different people, depending on who that person is.  Nevertheless, as this is a fashion blog and for purposes of this interview, I will stick to the fashion aspect of things and focus on the fact that I am the Founder of POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread® which has representation in over 30 countries spread over 5 continents across the globe.  However, as women are masters of multi-tasking, I am also the Founder of the multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed MISS ZAMBIA UK Beauty Pageant, as well as CEO of Perryfield Promotions, a multi-award winning international PR, Media & Business Intelligence Consultancy.  In addition, I am Vice-President of International Styles Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia in the USA which incorporates INTStyles Model & Artist Management; International Styles Celebrity TV Chat Show; and the Global FFMTT Awards (Fashion, Film, Music, Television and Theatre Awards) based in the USA. I have also been invited to work on the Black Comedy Awards, which will be launched in London in the Spring of 2012 and on the STARLYWOOD project, a global organization providing a platform for young people with talent to become globally recognized and to realize their dreams and reach for the stars, or even become one! My educational background is in Political Science and International Relations and I am therefore a regular Chairperson, Convener and Guest Speaker at various fora that discuss the social, economic and political situation in Africa and the fate of Africans in the Diaspora; and I am a contributor to several publications, magazines, newspapers, websites and blogs around the world.

2)                   Tell us about POSITIVE RUNWAY and what it is about?
POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread®, is a worldwide HIV/AIDS response campaign that tours the world working with models, beauty queens, fashion designers and celebrities from fashion, film, music, television, sport and other arts as effective advocates in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS and other scourges affecting today’s young generation, such as sexual irresponsibility, gun and knife violence, drug abuse, child trafficking, etc.  POSITIVE RUNWAY is a social responsibility and community development initiative that aims to bridge the gap in the global efforts to stop the spread of these scourges by speaking the same language as the young generation in order to get the message across. As you may know in the 21st Century young people and society in general are obsessed with celebrity worship and most of them are easily influenced by, and believe in emulating the lifestyles and life choices of people in the social limelight.  POSITIVE RUNWAY uses the allure and impact of movie stars, models, fashion designers, music artistes and other celebrities on society to shout out a strong positive message to “Stop the Spread!” in the belief that when words and other formal efforts fail, celebrities, fashion, music, beauty and entertainment will speak effectively to the young generation.
As mentioned earlier, we have over 30 member countries spread over 5 continents across the globe starting from the United States of America; to the Caribbean Islands; Latin America; Asia; the Pacific; Europe; and Africa.  In our accelerated efforts to reach our target audience POSITIVE RUNWAY incorporates the “MILLION VOICES Against the Spread of HIV/AIDS” Campaign, which is a global Film/TV Documentary featuring celebrities from fashion, film, music, television, sport and other arts with a strong message to stop the spread!  In addition, POSITIVE RUNWAY has its own annual world competition to find a GLOBAL AMBASSADOR.  We also hold a worldwide synchronized event where all member countries simultaneously stage an event on the same day to mark World AIDS Day with our Red Ribbon Models® walking the runway. In addition, we have GLOBAL CATWALK TV; GLOBAL CATWALK Blog Radio; GLOBAL CATWALK On-line & Hard Copy Magazine; our own Social Networking site; as well as our own Signature Apparel and merchandise carrying the POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread® logo.
POSITIVE RUNWAY also runs educational, advocacy, and community outreach workshops, seminars and conferences around the world to sensitize society on the scourges that impact negatively on today’s young generation and society at large. Among many other accolades, POSITIVE RUNWAY has received global recognition with commendations and endorsements from prominent figures including the Governor of Florida, the Mayor of Miami and the Georgia State Senate in Atlanta in the United States of America.
3)                   Do you think enough is being done to educate people about HIV/AIDS?

It is fair to say that the world has made tremendous advances in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and this has led to an accelerated rate of acceptance and tolerance of HIV/AIDS.  This in turn has reduced the stigma attached to the disease. However, although the HIV/AIDS epidemic appears to be slowing down in many parts of the world, even after 30 years, the world continues to face significant challenges in taming the scourge.   Society has become so complacent because of the availability of treatment that they are not doing enough to prevent the disease from spreading around to the younger generation.  And I am afraid that the truth remains that lifesaving treatment on its own does not necessarily lead to prevention. As they say, “prevention is better than cure”. The fact the world continues to experience fresh HIV/AIDS infections, and more so in the young generation under the age of 30, should be a great source of worry and indicates that not enough is being done to stop the spread. Hence our efforts to bridge the gap through POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread!
4)                   We know you’re a busy woman when you’re not working what do you do in your spare time? 

One can never be too busy as not to leave time to oneself, as one needs time to reflect and recharge in order to move forwards.  I always ensure that I fit into my busy schedule some special “Me Time”, when I do not do any work at all, but just relax and let go.  I listen to music, meditate, read a book, watch a movie or go to the spa.  And of course I party!

5)                   Which 4 words best describe you as a person?

I am one of the luckiest and most blessed people on earth. And as a person, the 4 words that describe me adequately are simply: “God’s little spoilt Princess”.

6)                   What music would get Justina moving her head and making her way to the dance floor? 

Anything with rhythm will get me onto the dance floor.  I am from the old skool and just love the golden oldies.  However, even within the noughties’ (21st Century) music, there are some beats that get me tapping my toes and jumping onto the dance floor.

7)                   What would be your message to all readers out there who don't practice safe sex?
My message to those that do not practice safe sex is that it is now more than ever before imperative to practice safe sex, to stick to one partner and to be faithful, to get tested, and to know one’s status.  It is now more than ever before imperative to take all the necessary precautions to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.  With all the research, knowledge, medical and technological advances at hand, we are the generation that has the capability to end the spread and to stop the virus from spreading to the next generation.
8)                How can someone from the other side of the world learn more about you?

People can learn about POSITIVE RUNWAY on our website: http://www.positiverunway.org   In addition, we have a Facebook page. I also have my Facebook and Twitter page in addition to my own blog and personal website: www.justinamutale.com   There is also enough information about me and my work on the internet.

9)                   What do you look for when selecting a POSITIVE RUNWAY Model?

We have our own POSITIVE RUNWAY signature models that are called Red Ribbon Models®.  They model for cause and walk for a purpose.  As such, it is not enough for a model to just look beautiful, walk the runway and strut their stuff aimlessly.  Because our Red Ribbon Models become our Ambassadors for POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread, they have to have physical and imposing beauty, good deportment and good disposition with strong interpersonal and communication skills, high intellect, empathy and compassion for fellow human beings.  Our motto is “Beauty, Brains and Compassion”.  And of course, we also ensure we select only those male and female models that can ‘walk the runway like the rent is due’!  

10)               Do you believe in the saying AIDS came from monkeys?
  
I have to confess that I am not adequately educated on the true origins of the HIV/AIDS Virus. However, I do not believe that AIDS came from monkeys, because if it did it would have stayed in the monkeys.  For some bizarre reason I never get to hear of monkeys suffering from HIV/AIDS any more, perhaps I have not been reading the right literature on the matter. I therefore stand to be corrected by those with more knowledge on this issue.



11)               Do you think that if free condoms were given out to everyone in the world without having to ever pay for the condoms, would that reduce the virus?
In my opinion, the issue of condoms is a Catch 22 situation, because once people believe that condoms will prevent infection they are bound to lower their guard in the belief that it would be impossible for them to contract HIV/AIDS while using a condom.  Ironically, the very fact that the condoms are so easily available has led to increased promiscuity with society becoming complacent in most cases. While the condom helps prevent infection in some cases, at the same time you also find that the rate of HIV/AIDS infections continues to rise among young people as there is always the occasional accident with the condom. The best way to reduce the virus remains the old fashioned way of sticking to one partner even if one uses a condom. Having said that, condoms are already widely available for free distribution and most people still do not use them.  “You can take a horse to the river, but you cannot force it to drink the water!”
12)        Do you think getting the HIV/AIDS is more of a GAY or STRAIGHT thing?

When the HIV/AIDS virus invaded the world in the early 1980’s there was the mistaken belief that it was predominantly a disease for the gay population because a lot people did not know enough about the virus. However, now that people are more educated on the virus, it is now a fact that it is not only the gay community who are risk of contracting the HIV/AIDS virus, but anyone who is sexually active is bound to get infected with HIV/AIDS, regardless of whether they are straight or gay.

13)        What’s one thing you must have in your purse when leaving home?

My mobile phone is the one thing I cannot leave home without as my work is non-stop. With my mobile phone at hand, I can respond to urgent emails and telephone calls while I am on the go.  I can also check my appointments and do so some of my work while moving from appointment to appointment.

14)        Describe in your own words what true beauty is?
In my eyes beauty is diverse and comes in different shapes, sizes, colours and contours ranging from those that are fair or light-skinned and aquiline with long hair; to those that are dark skinned, full-figured with short hair.  Beauty is about being proud of who we are and celebrating the various shapes, sizes and skin tones, and enhancing those features that are unique to each one of us.
15)        As a woman who attends many events name some of your fashion tips for our many readers?

One needs to find one’s own fashion sense that enhances their best features. Just because a pair of jeans looks good on me does not necessarily mean it will look just as good on the next person. One needs to dress in a way that reflects one’s personality and enhances one’s beauty and figure shape.  It is important to dress respectfully and elegantly to suit the occasion.  By all means one must avoid dressing in a way that appears to be obscene or vulgar regardless of the occasion.  Another important aspect that many people always overlook and do not realize is a great fashion accessory is a simple smile.  Remember, “When you smile, the world smiles with you”.  And as long as you have a smile on your face or within your heart, this will radiate through and reflect in everything that you do, and as the saying goes, “You are never fully dressed without a smile”!

15)        In your eyes what is a true gentleman?

I believe there is gentleman in every male screaming to come out.  Treated with respect and kindness, every man is capable of being a true gentleman.  In my eyes, a true gentleman always treats others with respect and kindness.

17)        Any last words for our readers?

It’s been a total pleasure and a real privilege to be interviewed by your prestigious blog.  Thank you very much for the opportunity.  As the eyes of the world turn to London with London being on the global spotlight for the 2012 Olympics, POSITIVE RUNWAY’s 2012 London GLOBAL CATWALK will bring the world to London, with all our 30 or more member countries from across the globe sending their delegates to strut their stuff to commemorate the 2012 World AIDs Day on Saturday 1st December 2012, in addition to our London-based RED RIBBON MODELS®.  For more updates follow us on Twitter, Facebook and on our Website.
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CEO of GSM Consultants tells the Police the secrets of branding




1) Tell us briefly who you are and what you do for those not familiar with you?

I have a personality that can be seeing as graceful, friendly, sociable and down to earth, as well as open minded, chatty and confident, which means I am adaptable to all social events and is a perfect gentleman…. Lol…  I love listening, laughing, learning and having fun.

What I do?

I am the CEO of GSM Consultants Ltd and Swift-in Formation. It is a consultancy Company that provides a service to start-up businesses, small businesses and mature businesses that are in need of expert business recommendations and management consulting. We also offer a formation service to entrepreneurs and start-up businesses through Companies House.

 I am also knowledgeable in operational principles, company philosophies/law and all other strategic aspects of managing a store or a Company. I am dynamic and self driven individual with over 12 years of experience, where I needed to be analytical and logical when making balanced decisions for the good of an individual or a company.

2) What 3 words best describe you as a person?
Graceful
Determine
Full-of-pride
3) Name one thing you just can't leave home without?
My camera… because I like capturing beautiful moments... "...."

4) What are your 4 fashion tips you personally live by?
Where short that use Cufflink
Puff… is the new tie
Matching sock and trouser
Matching belt and shoe
5) Are you single/married/relationship?
I am in a relationship with a beautiful princess

6) What attracts you to someone?
Some of the things that attract me to someone are the sincerity and honesty with a combination of drive and vision.

7) What do you enjoy doing when not working?
I enjoy music, eating out, and most of all cooking. Have you seen Caribbean man in the kitchen? Well… all he needs is ingredients... I also love travelling and he enjoys the night life and meeting new people.

8) Tell us the importance of your job?
Our services propose platforms that deliver quality, value, customer service and integrity, which displays the following services:
·         Secure online purchases through our partners (Pay Pal)
·         We offer fast secure services you can trust from our official agents for company’s house and UK government registrar.
·         24.7 company formation services that are easy to follow electronic process that links direct to company’s house ensure fast efficient formation.
·         We are available to help at any stage of the incorporation process.
·         One to one consultancy services at an affordable cost.
·         Provide expert help in identifying, investigating and solving problems with making improvement plan with recommendations.
·         We take a more strongly customer-focused approach that more closely integrate the various business processes.

9) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself running three businesses that offer and operating across a wide variety of services.

10) Describe in your own words what a true gentleman is?
A true gentleman will strive not to lie, Deceive in any game or run from any challenge.
Their choices though passionately made, Must be of reason and not of foolish heart.

11) If you were not doing the job you’re now doing what other job would you then do?
I would be helping people understating their legal rights, because I like to see people stand up for what’s right.


12) What are the 5 top secrets when it comes to branding?
To succeed in branding you must understand the needs and wants of your customers and prospects. You do this by integrating your brand strategies through your company at every point of public contact.
Your brand resides within the hearts and minds of customers, clients, and prospects. It is the sum total of their experiences and perceptions, some of which you can influence, and some that you cannot.
The 5 top secrets of branding

1 Position (Stand out) 
Distinctive branding stems from clear brand positioning—knowing who the brand targets, what the competition is and how to beat it. Having a differentiated, relevant product is critical to success.

Prediction (Great insights) 
sometimes the simple difference at the core of a brand is an obvious universal truth that no one has acted on. Great insights couple human need or desire with a market opportunity. 

3 Promise (Keep your Word) 
Brands that resonate strongly with consumers are typically motivated by the desire to exceed expectations. Living up to your word not only builds brand loyalty, it also encourages word-of-mouth promotion.
4 Placement (Venture out) 
the majority of leading brands got where they are by staking out a distinct territory and capitalizing on it. The ultimate measure of success? Discovering that your brand name is generic for its category, like Google.

5. Publicity (Own your media) 
Relying on your own media to carry your message not only makes great financial sense, it also speaks to customers more directly than advertising can. This is an area that your competitors can neither access nor influence. 

13) If you was given the chance to brand 3 people who would it be and why?


14) Describe what beauty is to you in your own words?
Beauty for me is a combination of inner beauty, which includes the persons personalityintelligencegracecharismaintegrity and elegance, and outer beauty ( physical attractiveness) which includes physical attributes.

15) Who would say is your role model and why?
Nick Vujicic – Because of him I believe that the greatest disability is in your mind.
And Rocky Balboa – who shows me that it is not about how hard you hit… but how hard you can take, hits and keep moving forward.


16) How can anyone from the other side of the world view your work and learn more about you?
You can find out more about me and my woke by joining me on the following:
Or send me and email atiht.brown@googlemail.com

17) What one thing that makes you mad really mad?
When I see people being take disadvantage of or being put down the have very good potentials.

18) If you had to give us one dance moves on the dance floor what would it be and why?
Michael Jackson moon walk… I’m bad… I’m bad… you know it… lol … Why? Because I’m bad… lol…

Friday, 30 December 2011

C- La Rouge Designs a must have for a woman of fashion


1)For those who are not familiar with you who are you and what do you do?
IM C La Rouge and im a fashion designer


2)There are so many designers out there what make you different
because mine is based of walking sketches in my mind i like them to come alive so i hand sew every piece that i do and every garment is a emotion of my personality  the garments speak for them selves


3)What word best describe you as a person?
ALL OF THE DICTIONARY LOL


4)When not working what do you enjoy doing?
Meeting people socializing and obsessing over shoes and making my friends and family keep the positive going but then again im always sewing something if its not hair its creating bits n bobs and so on x

5)What is one thing you just cant leave home without?
WEAVE LOLOLOLOLOL AND A LAUGH Cause THERE BOTH 50/50 my big fat smile lol x


6)If you was not a designer what else would you love to do?
modeling and designing other things such as cards, also singing and would of carried on with my dancing
my track when love is knocking at your door


7)What do you look for in a model who will walk in your  garment/
Some one who is more then fierce with no fear to express her self through walking and knows what a designer expects and how far she wants to go in the industry and isn't scared of displaying my pieces of art like n actor fits the role given SEXY SASSY AND BOLD , C LA ROUGE STYLE...........LOL

8)How can someone from the other side of the world view your work?
BY CLICKING ON THE LINK ON FACEBOOK AND LOOKING OUT FOR THE SHOWS I WILL BE IN, 


9)Describe what beauty in your own words?
STRENGTH DETERMINATION AND BELIEF WITH A PURE HEART smile and the world can see its GENUINE .......................X.


10)If you can select 3 people to wear your garments who would you choose and why?
NAOMIE CAMPBELL , So i can show i remember her hard word and her being the first British black women to take the catwalk by storm
claudia schiffer , cause shes truly amazing tall and sassy
TYRA BANKS , inspiring and just beautiful  really shows whats shes working with i love that from a model
and the rest of VICTORIA SECRETS MODELS all of that and more not just a walking mannequin lol.



11)Where do you get your inspiration from?
MY DREAMS AND EMOTIONS i go sleep and there they are .


12)What do you think of size 0 models?
Its not a normal size to be i was a naturally slim young women and that's how it should be with natural curve .


13)Are you single/married/relationship?
HA WHOS ASKING LOL 


14)What attracts you to someone?
PERSONALITIES defo then face features and a natural loving smile . a good home grown good grounded man . 


15)If you was to change the fashion world what would you change and why?
I CHANGE IT TO C LA ROUGE WHY BECAUSE IM TRULY FIERCE HAHAHAHAAH..............................


16)Do you see yourself as a todays woman?
IM A EVERY YEAR EVERY DAY EVERY SECOND WOMEN............ I WEAR THE CLOTHES THE CLOTHES DON'T WEAR ME LOLOL XXX..............


17)If you had to convince someone about your garments not showing them pictures of your garments what would you say to convince them on your garments?
When that time comes they will know but for now all you need to know is C La Rouge is here RELEASE  THE KRAKON its time for change if u want change im here llol x


18)What are you 4 fashion tips you live by
Be your self.
Express your self.
Open up.
And don't hold back you only live once just make sure u wear it well.


19)Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Taking over the fashion world with mad happy madness and owning my own company.


20)Whta music would bring you to the dance floor to shake your booty?
EVERYTHING............... LOLOL BLESS XXXXXXXXX


Thursday, 29 December 2011

Fashion vs Beauty pageant under the wings of Ms Nyomi Lenny



Tell us who you are and what you do for those not familiar with you?

My Name Is Nyomi Lenny. Born in Cardiff and the owner/ director of Miss Fashion Vs Beauty model competition. I have modelled for a number of brand companies such as Lush shop, Topshop and also appeared on channel 4 deal or no deal this summer.

My aim with my shows is to:

Arrange the event/ models
Infuse confidence into my models
Teach them to walk/ stand (with the help of professionals such as the catwalk professor)
Help the winner make the most of their title


Tell us about your annual contest which is called Miss Fashion vs beauty pageant contest?

Miss fashion vs beauty is a unique combination of beauty pageant and fashion catwalk. It's the only competition of its kind which allows the two industries to compete on one stage. Think London fashion week vs miss England pageant. 
The competition started in August 2010 and is going strength to strength with this years winner (miss fashion vs beauty 2011) winning the signed by Katie Price programme
(AKA Jordan). The show funds go directly to Bobath children’s therapy centre Wales who I adore so much and help make a huge difference to children in Wales living with cerebral palsy. The applications are open again for 2012 if you would like to apply please do so online www.fashionvsbeauty.com


When you’re not working what do you do in your spare time?


When I am not working I enjoy spending time with friends going out.
I am also am a big food buff so love food festivals and also as expected fashion shows to keep up to date with the latest trends. I am well travelled having visited well over 100 countries and cities and so love to spend time aboard also.

Describe in your words what beauty is?

To me real beauty starts inside, sound silly considering we as women thrive to work on the outside so much. However I think most men would agree that a woman can not truly be beautiful until she can learn to love herself for who she truly is first. I have worked with allot of really beautiful women over the years and so many of them have such huge self confidence issues. All women should work with their best assets and try not to turn to cosmetic surgery to follow trends. For me true beauty is having self confidence and being able to walk into a room and light it up with a smile.


What are some things your winners go on and do after winning?

Previous winners and contestants of Miss Fashion vs beauty go on to do many things such as fashion shows, model for companies such as wok to walk and also this years winner Amy Willterton went onto win Signed by Katie price


Explain is what's the difference between a pageant girl and a fashion model?

People ask me the question all the time what is the difference between fashion models and pageant contestants and my answer is simple. Fashion is a very skill trade walking catwalk should be fierce and fashion holds no limits and models should be able to transform time and time again. Pageant girls have a softer side and should be able to almost float down the stage. They should be graceful, well spoken and do allot for charity.





Their are so many pageant in the UK what makes this one any different?


Miss fashion vs beauty combines the two industries - it's unique and no- one has anything like it. I also have a very strong bond with my girls before and after the show. Contestants can always rely on me for advice and a shoulder to cry on. Many contestants say how my pageant has boost there confidence and how they have made so many friends since attending the show.

Name one thing you just can't leave your home without?

I can't leave home without my iphone. I use it to check my emails and facebook messages for work. Also my reminder app has got me out of many sticky situations - like forgetting birthdays.

My top apps include: eBay, reminder app, event organising app and many more


If you got 3 tickets to attend 3 different pageants in the UK which 3 would you go to and why?


1. Miss galaxy - I love this pageant as they are very friendly and helpful with all the girls and the prizes are great too. I was also Miss Cardiff Galaxy 2010.

2. Miss Universe Wales - My friend owns this pageant it's very well put together and they always pull in the best entertainment and venues to hold the shows

3. Miss England - I have never been and would be interested to see what it's like. I hear they have great table gifts for the guests.


What kind of music brings you to the dance floor to shake your booty?

My number one booty shaker has to be single ladies turn this on and stand back as heels will not hold me back with this tune.


Describe in your words what a true today’s woman is and should look like?

To me a true today’s woman should look naturally beautiful by that I don't mean lose the make up but keep anything god gave you natural.


Are you married/single/relationship?

I am single and proud. A chosen lifestyle I am calling it. Not that it stops married/ coupled up friends searching the market place for you lol. I like to think of myself as the Carrie Bradshaw of Cardiff seeking my mr big. Being single has many advantages such as being able to concentrate on what I want out of life. This industry moves fast and so I have to keep up with it - which requires time. However dating on the other hand is very fun and gives me the chance to find a male that will fit me like a glove.


What attracts you to someone?

I love a beautiful: smile, broad shoulders, and beautiful eyes
Naturally like most people looks will attract me, but the goodness of his heart will keep me. I have dated males who are extremely good looking but if they can't make me laugh out loud I tend to lose interest. On the other side if I get to know a persons personality first I am more likely to fall in love. I also like someone who can hold there own and confidence is always a huge pull.







How can girls learn more about your pageant?

All details on how to apply for Miss Fashion Vs Beauty 2012 can be found on the website www.fashionvsbeauty.com (non players users may need to download this)
We are also facebook - www.facebook.com/pages/...Fashion-Vs-Beauty.../153669951326413


What advice do you have for girls who are thinking about doing pageantry?

Come with an open mind and when you hit the stage project confidence in yourself no matter your size