Modelling as a career, especially for young girls, doesn’t come without controversy. But for 11-year-old Gizelle, or Miss G, being on stage is where she says she feels most at home.
The Mossel Bay-based and Centurion-born youngster has just returned from a trip to the States, where she took part in the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA), the largest talent convention in the world. It is here that she was scouted and invited to walk the runway for renowned designer Amelia Tuu at New York Fashion Week on 11 September.
She says, “IMTA was a very exciting experience for me and the fashion show was one of my favourite moments.”
Gizelle’s journey in the arts began when she was only five-six years old. Ever since then she has been in front of the camera. Described as a “triple threat”, Gizelle is proficient in singing, modelling and acting. She also dabbles in dance.
“Since I was a little girl, I always liked music, singing and dancing,” she says. “My family encouraged me to take part in various events to gain experience. Modelling is my favourite though. I have always enjoyed creating my own outfits, and from an early age, I made it my business to keep up with current trends. I love fashion and I think everyone should get to express themselves through fashion.”
Gizelle’s professional career kicked off when she was scouted by Elsubie Verlinden at the International Arts Talent Showcase (IATS) in 2021. She was immediately signed to 33 and Me Talent Agency and secured two international features for PEPCO (an internationally renowned brand), landing roles in both their television commercial and international stills.
On the music front, Gizelle went on to book an international collaboration with American singer-songwriter and producer Nate Butler. Nate has worked with multi-platinum artists such as Luther Vandross, Backstreet Boys, Victoria Beckham and more. He was also part of the casting team for the final season of The X-Factor, as well as America’s Got Talent Seasons nine and ten.
The single, which will feature as her debut single, was recorded at Cosher Studios in Cape Town, together with producer Gino Lee.
She says, “I enjoyed recording with Nate Butler so much. We had so much fun in studio and I got to know him on a whole new level. This experience also opened up a new chapter in my life and career. I am so thrilled with how the song turned out and I cannot wait to share it with the world.”
The track is set for release later this year.
Gizelle has certainly mastered her craft across all three faculties and is completely dedicated to her brand. Although she is exploring this new chapter in music, modelling is still one of her favourites.
“I am very honoured to be invited to New York Fashion Week,” she exclaims. “It’s always been a dream of mine, but I never thought it would happen this soon.”
Poised with confidence, she adds, “I am not nervous. The runway is my strongest talent, and I feel at home when I’m on stage. Runway is where I belong and I love showing off the different outfits.”
Gizelle is one of the youngest artists to have travelled with the IATS South Africa group to attend IMTA. She has also, on numerous occasions, been recognised for her character and kindness on set.
Chairperson and CEO of 33 and Me Talent Agency says, “Gizelle might be young but her commitment and focus to the industry is outstanding. Her runway performance is strong; her overall preparation and positive outlook is what makes her stand out. She has a fighting spirit and puts in the work.”
With extremely supportive parents, Gizelle is a force to be reckoned with. She might be small, but she is dynamite. Purpose-driven, the young star is a guiding light for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the arts, young and old. It is never too late or too early to chase your dreams.
She concludes, “Find your strong points through different inspirations. Always be yourself, work hard and follow your dreams, because dreams do come true.”