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Michaela Modelling Agency is the brain child of Ms Welma Aphane . Her motivation was the realization that there are no suitable modeling agencies for young people who are from previously disadvantaged black and rural communities, who may need the protection of adult supervision in the urban areas.
A number of young people with good prospects in modeling have been hindered by the high joining fees of agencies who cater for clients from privileged backgrounds thus disenfranchising those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Furthermore, the high risk that young people face when joining some agencies with no adult supervision is shocking, with some young women falling prey to unscrupulous agencies.
Her step-daughter, Maria Nare, a highly motivated and studious young woman with a passion for modeling brought the reality of the state of play in the South African modeling industry to Welma as they struggled to find an affordable modeling agency for her. Hence the Michaela Modelling Agency was born.
Since inception, the agency has attracted over 30 young modeling hopefuls in various areas around Gauteng. Most of these young women are origionally from rural places like Musina which is the birthplace of Maria Nare grew up. The agency now has a facebook page where young people are able to get the initial information on modeling they may require at no charge.