A Rwandan, French model fights apathy with soul (Digital Cover)

Photo credit / Pauline Darley

It’s the first real hot day of April in Kigali, which means the drivers on Boulevard Street are finally rolling down their windows as they blast contenders for the song of spring. This year there’s Shaffy’s “Akabanga,” and Amalon’s “Byakubaho” — and, as Aliane Uwimana and I eat lunch at a Neo cafe in Kiyovu, for the sixth edition of TheZoom MAG. Purposeful clarity makes things easier these days, but She is also keen to add, not much has changed. She still envisions herself as a growing model, spends a chunk of her time by herself and wholesomely trusts in the divine timing of all things.


Aliane appears to be very content with living with such ambiguities. While giving me a breakdown of what eventually happened to the crush that drove her to alternative fashion, she drifts into scenes from her childhood memories. Born in Rwanda, Aliane was a regular schmegular girl with no dream of becoming a model one day or any day. Living with her family in Huye, her six brothers and sisters, Aliane wasn’t thinking about modeling or anything related to fashion instead she wanted to help people in need and now she have a diploma in “l’aider à la personne”.


In 2007 Aliane decided to travel to see faces and explore, her first destination was France, Paris “the city of love” and what Aliane didn’t know is how her life was radicalily going to change. In that time living in Europe was a dream to most of us (including me), i remember when i used to see people living in European countries on TV i usually asked myself is it the camera or climate because everything was so clear and colorful compared to ours and for Aliane everything was about to be colorful.


Around the year 2013, Aliane got spotted by Mademoiselle Agency, one of ten most popular agency in France with a good reputation and management team. That’s when everything started to change for the young lady, “Half of my Instagram posts are with Mademoiselle Agency” she said.


I remember when i saw Aliane for the first time, is when she channels and pays homage to the Icon Grâce Jones for GALA Magazine and now we had the chance to interview her in person, she has the confidence to make it happen. “My head’s really screwed on. I know where I want to go, and I know I want to be here modeling and posing for magazines for as long as possible. I’m not going to do anything to sabotage that.” Click Here to read the full interview with her.

Photo by Pauline for TheZoom
Shema Abdoul
Shema Abdoul

Shema Abdoul is a creative currently residing in Kigali, he loves exploring new culture. He is motto is to always be true to yourself and others around you.