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MCC graduate makes international runway waves

05/06/2017

Port Elizabeth-born model and NMMU Alumnus, Delon le Roux continues to edge his way into the extremely competitive world of Korean Fashion. In April, the Public Relations and Corporate Communications graduate, walked for the luxury brand, Greedilous by prominent fashion Designer, Park Yoon-Hee, at her Seoul Fashion Week’s 2017 Fall/Winter showing.

Notably, the only South African model chosen, because of his ambiguous appearance, knowing smirk and firm, confident strut, he was later featured on the Korean Vogue Website as well as Dazed and Confused Magazine. 

“This was no overnight success. I have always been a work in progress” says Delon le Roux, “My entire life people have told me "No- You're not tall enough",  “No – You’re too skinny” or “No- You lips are too full” and because of that I’ve always had to work harder. I overcompensate by being extra professional, arriving early, leaving late and making sure I give my best, every single time.”

“My grandmother was a fashion designer and as a result of her influence, I developed a love of clothing especially ones with pattern, print, and color. She would always tell me that the way you dress is the way you present yourself to the world; if you are sloppy people remember the clothing, but if you are well-dressed they remember you”

Le Roux, who started his foray into fashion in 2002, has dabbled in many areas of the entertainment industry from writing features for magazines such as Marie Claire and Dossier, locally and SID Magazine (UK) abroad his experience is vast and varied.

“During my time at what was then NMMU, I worked with young, up and coming photographers and fashion designers…many of who are now successful brands. I modelled in and styled shoots for Kelly Dillion (nee Esterhuysen), Lauren Bubb, Ryan Roake and Laz Yani to name but a few”

Self-confessed control freak he moved into event management where he realized his true passion: People. “After graduation, and starting my own events management company, I moved away from being in front of the camera and focused more on skills development and providing others with an opportunity to truly showcase their talents… I have organized workshops, pageants and fashion shows, for NMMU and Damelin as well as The Cape Recife School which is always such a rewarding experience.”

However the travel bug soon bit and shortly thereafter he emigrated to South Korea’s capital city, Seoul to pursue other avenues. Le Roux has been an international correspondent for Seoul Fashion Week in 2012 and last year he graced the pages of BODA magazine, South Korea’s largest fashion quarterly. In addition, he’s worked some big name photographers such as Bryan Ku, who has worked on America’s Next Top Model during their filming in Seoul, as well as HimChan Chun, who is the resident celebrity photographer at Vogue Korea.

A regular fixture at Seoul Fashion Week, he is regularly snapped as one of Seoul’s most recognizable “FAPI” (Fashion people). “I love fashion week, but the REAL show is always outside. Street style provides people an opportunity to express their individuality and interpret trends in new ways”

Most recently, Delon has been signed with NFM Global Model Management, and after seeing him on set the CEO, offered him a position as Pose Instructor and mentor for new models joining the agency. His androgynous look also landed him as the face of the LOVUEE F/W 2016 Campaign by New York-based, Seoul-born designer, Soyee Kweon.

In January this year, he was chosen as one of the faces for Korea Style Week campaign, after a grueling selection process, which narrowed 400 models down to 30 before reaching the final 11. 

When asked about the new name of his alma mater Le Roux responded “I prefer the name as it is now. I feel it flows off the tongue more easily than before and from a PR perspective, the image is much stronger now. Nelson Mandela is a name that needs no supporting cast. It has a legacy and an image all it’s own. One that I am proud to mention whenever I’m asked about my origins or educational background. It’s always a favorable response when you walk into a job interview and you say 'I come from Nelson Mandela University. ”

After what has been a whirlwind year, Le Roux  has just returned after a month-long and much-needed vacation in Europe with Paris, Lisbon, Barcelona and Amsterdam as some of his destinations he has explored.  

 

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