Sylvia Mwashunguti scoops Fashionpreneur of The Year Under 30 award

The 2024 Founder Of the Year Awards (FOYA) witnessed the rise of Sylvia Mwashunguti who etched her name in the record books by scooping the Fashionpreneur of The Year Under 30.

Sylvia, 27, who owns a fashion label called Twitikes Fashion Designs is also a special effects and beauty makeup artist working in the film industry.

On February 10, 2024, Sylvia received her first international recognition at the FOYA Southern African awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa.In an exclusive interview with Zambia Monitor, the Fashionpreneur explained that her fashion house deals in traditional handmade jewellery and other creative designs such as redesigning shoes, handbags and among others.

Sylvia Mwashunguti

She added that a wrapper (known as Chitenge) in Zambia was a valuable material used to redesign shoes and handbags, giving them that traditional touch.“I am a special effects and beauty makeup artist. I also do costume in film aside from makeup, I do wardrobe. This is where I dress actors or comeup with outfits for people in the cast of that particular production I’m working on,” she said.

She revealed that in November 2020, she started doing special effects and got a good response after posting her work on social media platforms.

Sylvia Mwashunguti

Sylvia said the positive response from her Facebook followers encouraged her to practice more.The positive feedback from my Facebook followers motivated me to research more about special effects on Youtube and I started working on my craft. I worked on my first film production as a makeup artist in December 2020 from that time till now I have been called to work on various film productions” she said.

She hinted that she derives her interest from watching horror movies.

The award winner admitted that special effects makeup was lucrative, especially if she was given opportunity to work with a big film production company.

“My plans for the next five years is to work on Hollywood movies and become one of the best makeup artists in the world. I want to become a prosthetic makeup artist, i really want to work on horror and thriller movies,” she said. Sylvia also dreams of opening a school for makeup and special effects and a television station focusing on art.

She advised young artists like her not to give up, as the road in the art industry was never smooth, but that with hard work and determination, not even the sky would be a limit.

She believes the award would pave way for more opportunities, adding that she would continue to invest in her skills and talents for perfection.

Source: Lusakatime

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