It is amazing what the right combination of water, bones blood and melanin can sometimes form, almost as though some humans were created to ignite every possible amount of envy out of the rest. I’m talking here about models. Gosh, with their legs up to infinity, bodies cared for and jobs to get to wear designer gear first. *talk to the hand* I met with the 1.88m tall Manyano Mahlakata –known (to us the inner circle) as Manny, for a chat and here are a few facts about the “ordinariness” that is his life.
Hails from Umtata in the Eastern Cape. Raised by a single parent and is the youngest of four children –two sisters and one brother.
He is actually quite good at sport. Growing up rugby was his first love and he played for the second team division throughout his high school career.
Most people would be surprised to learn that he is quite a chilled guy who prefers the dance floor (mostly when with his two buddies, Herman and Alex) as much as he could stay indoors. Trust. I have seen this man move!
One can’t say that Manny is a holiday person per se, but whenever he needs to be stranger, he tries to visit Port Alfred and spend a lot of time topless on the beach. –ok I really don’t know why I said that.
Manyano was discovered in 2009 whilst walking about during his first year at University of Johannesburg where he had registered to study a Financial Information System qualification. He was booked for his first ever casting and got to walk in two shows at the South African Fashion Week that very year. Classic Schmortzel tale…
He has since changed agencies and signed with ICE Model Management in Johannesburg and Mens Division in Cape Town and has been a part of almost every menswear designer showcase each season.