ALIANE UWIMANA, A RWANDAN-FRENCH MODEL BASED IN FRANCE.
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 modelling or anything related to fashion instead she wanted to help people in need and now she has 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 radically 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 colourful compared to ours and for Aliane everything was about to be colourful.
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, “beyond the work is also my family” she said.
“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.”
Tell us more about you
My name is Aliane Uwimana I was born in Nyamata, Rwanda.
When did you know you wanted to be a Model?
I never really knew that I was going to be a supermodel, it was a surprise for me when I found myself and until now every day that I spend in being always surprises me so much.
Do you work for an agency?
I have been working with Mademoiselle Agency for 5 years and I like my agency, I would not change it for anything in the world because beyond work it is also my family
How many languages do you speak?
I speak three languages which is French, Kinyarwanda and a little of English.
Since you have started modelling what is the best thing that happened to you?
Since I started modelling I can not choose a single better thing that happened to me because every shoot that I do is the best thing that can happen to me, I appreciate every moment as if it were the last time I set foot in a studio.
What is your favourite holiday?
My favourite vacation I would say it was my reunion with my family after 9 years of distance in December 2017. Even if one day I go around the world in the best places in the world my best holidays will always be with my family in Rwanda.
Have you ever visited Rwanda? And what is your favourite place in Rwanda?
So far I really have not had the opportunity to visit Rwanda in depth but the only thing I have seen since my return my favourite place is Kibuye and Gisenyi.
What is the worst thing that happened to you during a photo shoot?
The worst thing that happened to me unfortunately and thankfully so far has not been, I have always had the chance to work with super good people.
Do you have any short/long term goals?
My only goal so far is to do my best to go as far as possible in my career.
What are some of your fashion essentials
My fashion essentials I can say, Grace Jones, Iman Bowie, Alek Wek and Liya Kebede.
Aliane Uwimana For Gala Magazine | Photographed by Rasmus Mogensen
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