YOUNG FASHION DESIGNER ON THE MOVE
By: Mfundo Knowledge Mthembu
Young and upcoming fashion designer born and raised in Ntuzuma Township, has her eyes set on the bigger prize.
Photographer by profession and fashion designer overnight, Ntombi Zulu (25) is determined on making her mark in the fashion industry.
Zulu was not raised by her parents
“My parents separated when I was born and I was raised by my grandfather. Later on I lost both my parents. My family always considered of my twin brother, grandfather and I,” said Zulu.
She attended St Theresa Primary School and spent a year at Overport Secondary. She eventually completed her schooling years at Umtapho High School. Zulu did a few certificate courses that led her to pursue what she loves, and that was to study photography at Creative Arts College.
“One of the reasons I decided to make my own clothes is because I was hardly bought new clothes as a kid. Growing up I was wearing hand-me-downs and that groomed me a lot to be this young woman, who’s independent and responsible today,” she said.
Her inspiration also comes from her brother Smanga Patrick Zulu.
Despite her financial difficulties and her vague fashion knowledge, she is still persevering towards her dreams.
“For now I don’t have a shop but I do have a photography studio which is based at my home. In five years’ time I hope to be the next David Tlale as well as to see my brand growing and being recognized,” said Zulu.
The designer shared her strong opinions about celebrating youth month.
“I do not think that today’s youth appreciate the sacrifices made by the youth of 1976. They bunk classes, consume harmful substances and don’t finish school. I don’t think they appreciate what was done for us to have a bright future,” said Zulu.
She concluded that organizations are needed to inspire the youth in schools to further their education.
*Caption: Upcoming fashion designer, Ntombi Zulu