The magazine is hosting its first ever lifestyle and fashion awards on 2 September where some of Namibia's less celebrated creatives will walk away with awards for outstanding work in their respective sectors.
As soon as the nominee list was released earlier this week, nominees took to social media to campaign and garner votes that will hopefully earn them accolades at the awards show.
One of the nominees in the 'Favourite Female Model' Category, Varaakuani Hambira, said that the recognition that comes from being nominated for the award is a milestone that she hopes will open more doors for her.
“I hope people will take me more seriously as a model and that this opens more doors for me. I'm also hoping that people vote and participate in these awards because it's the first time that Namibia is having something like this,” she said.
Hambira is nominated alongside Meriam Kaxuxwena and Lorna Mabuku as well as Prisca Nghipandwa.
“All the models I'm nominated with are doing amazing things and I'm proud to be nominated alongside them,” Hambira quipped.
Another nominee, Aubrey TJ, who is up for a 'Favourite Stylist' award, said that the awards show is important for an industry where many young people don't see themselves working full time.
“It opens ways for other people to take styling as a full time career seriously and not just something you do as a hobby. I live off this myself and I style people for a living so I want others to know that it's possible,” he said.
The nomination, he said, means a lot to him personally and for others in the same line of work who have been working very hard without recognition. “For me as a stylist, the SYM awards means that after we've been working so hard, there is finally recognition that we exist and that we are doing big things too.”
“Congratulations to all the nominees as we count down to the first ever Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards,” said founder Helena Ngaifiwa, who promised that the event will feature “the biggest red carpet” and “nothing short of glitz and glamour”.Read more at:formal dresses adelaide