By CHUSA SICHONE –
MODELS and social media lovers should brace themselves for a wholly owned Zambian magazine called Falcon Exclusive slated to hit the local and international market early next year.
Female and male models aged between 15 and 35 stand a chance to appear in commercial adverts in Falcon Exclusive while social media fans will have a chance to catch a glimpse of what the magazine is all about on its Facebook page.
Falcon Exclusive, a bi-monthly 60-paged publication, is a product of Abendanshila Multimedia Limited, as confirmed by operations manager Manfred Musanshi and brand manager Arthur Judge in a walk-in interview with the Times Entertainment during the week.
The duo said auditions for the models are likely to be conducted on February 8, 2014 while the launch of the magazine will simultaneously be done with its Facebook page at the end of the same month.
Audition forms are currently available at a non-refundable fee at Angoni Digital Processing Studio situated on the second floor of Church House in Lusaka’s Cairo Road and valid entries will be accepted from December 20, 2013 to January 31, 2014.
The duo said besides fashion, health and lifestyle, the magazine will also focus on tourism such as showcasing top 50 destination places in Zambia as well as the country’s traditional ceremonies.
Asked what prompted the introduction of Falcon Exclusive, Musanshi said the idea to come up with the magazine was borne out of the realisation that more foreign publications than local magazines had flooded the local market.
“Basically we noticed that there was a lot of foreign content on the market. A lot of foreign magazines and we thought: why don’t have our own magazine that showcases our own culture, our own faces and then tell our own stories so that as Zambians we will have an identity of our own?
“It’s through publications like this that we are able to talk about these things and share the taste of our culture across all areas of society. So the idea was to give Zambians something of their own and something that they can relate to than the foreign magazines flooding the market right now,” Musanshi said.
Judge clarified that models won’t be modeling but promoting brands of various companies in the magazine, adding that the publication will strive to treat the models’ bodies as sacred and thus won’t be promoting indecency.
For the sake of patriotism, it’s only right to wish the local publication success and long life so that it does not falter like others that had come on the scene with a bang in the past but their whereabouts are no longer traceable.