UK-based Malawian model and music artist Elle Mak is among the Top 20 models contesting for the Miss Black Africa UK title.
This is another great achievement for Elle Mak, born Michelle Makunganya, having been featured on Rip The Runway UK, a show sponsored by BET.
The Miss Black Africa UK is a competition for young African girls born or living in the United Kingdom and gives them a platform to showcase not only their beauty but their culture, talent and creativity.
According to the competition’s website, the main goal is to use the allure of beauty queens and models as tools to advocate for the needy and campaign or fund-raise for the less privileged.
The winner becomes a goodwill ambassador for Miss Black Africa, charged with designing and implementing a charity program based on their Pageant Platform. This year’s grand finale will take place on 10th of October 2015 at Newham Town Hall, London.
The competition is part of the Miss Black Africa Pageant and Charity Awards. In addition to the beauty competition, the grand finale is a charity award ceremony recognising individuals and organisations that have in one way or another contributed immensely to a good cause.
“As queen I aim to inspire and empower the youth to be more innovative and I can only do this with your support. Knowing this, I ask that Malawi helps me by voting for me.
“I want to use my success to also promote ‘Umunthu’ and Malawian creative arts, tourism and culture. You never know I might even go as far as Miss World if I get enough votes,” says Elle Mak.
Straight from the warm heart of Africa, Elle Mak has always had a passion for modeling, music – singing and dancing from a very tender age.
After leaving Malawi in 2000 with the support of her mother and sister (singer Hazel Mak), at the age of 14, Michelle began to perfect her crafts as an entertainer, whilst remaining dedicated to her academic studies.
As a Law graduate, modeling has always been a major part of Michelle’s childhood, trained from the age of 5 how to grace the runway by her mother Doreen Makunganya, then fashion designer, the 22-year-old Elle Mak never gave up her passion and still models.
In the past Elle has modeled for Marks and Spencer, Lily Alfonso, the Amelia Couture Fashion, Ghana UK Fashion Week for Ghanaian label Otema designs.
Not only is Michelle a freelance model she also trains models runway walk and offers assistance backstage for some fashion shows. Using her experiences as a professional model, she hopes to return to Malawi in October 2015 to start a model training program called Melanin Royals.
Not only does Elle take pride in representing Malawi on a musical platform as a trumpet player, vocalist and songwriter, she has also consistently carried the flag of Malawi with her throughout her dancing career.
She was ranked in UK Unsigned’s Top 6 Best Freestyle Dancers of 2008 at the prestigious Hackney Empire theater in London, as well as landing the lead role as Alice in the short film “Gascoigne: The Untold Story”, which marked the birth of her acting career .
Having also graduated with an honours degree in Law, it is clear to say that Elle Mak is a young lady of many talents – as she continues to perfect her craft as a model, lawyer, women’s empowerment activist, singer-songwriter, dancer and actor.
There is no doubt that Elle Mak’s future is certainly bright and definitely one to watch out for.
- To vote for Elle Mak in the Miss Black Africa UK, follow this link: http://missblackafrica.com/michelle.