Monywiir Deng Interview

por The MenStyle Brazil | 21•09•2020

Hello Monywir, how are you?

First of all, I would like to thank you for your participation and opportunities to learn a little about your history.

I read a little about your trajectory and was really touched by such courage.  You are without a doubt an example to follow.  Tell us about your childhood and why you had to leave Sudan so early to live in Kenya?

My childhood was a great one. I had to move to Kenya when I was young because at the time, the then Sudan was in civil war and that type of environment made it hard to have basic needs like food, education etc. 

What was the importance of soccer in your life and how do you believe that sport can change the life of a child?
I enjoy playing soccer a lot. It’s a team sport and it taught me how to work hand in hand with others to get results. I believe sports like soccer can teach kids how to cooperate with others, therefore it is vital for kids to participate in such sports. 

What was it like moving to Canada as a refugee and starting a new chapter in your life?  Tell us how studying at a university in a country with a culture so different from yours has changed the way you see the world?

Moving to Canada was a life changing experience for me. Everything in Canada is different from my previous environment and I had to adapt quickly. Studying in Canada has opened my eyes and has definitely change my view of life and the world. It’s a humbling experience and it makes me appreciate life more. 

How was your initiation as a model?  Since the beginning did you feel sympathy with the fashion universe?

I became a model less than a year after I came to Canada. A barber had told me that I can be a model and that I should try getting an agent. That is what I did and the rest is history. Yes, I have always been connected with the fashion universe. I come from a community where culture and arts are always being displayed. 

Where do you live today?  Have you had the opportunity to visit other countries for your work.
I live in Canada. I have got agencies in Europe and US and I am working on getting my documents to be able to travel the world for my work. 

I have met so many great people through modelling. I met my fiancé through modelling. 

What advice would you give to young people with few opportunities and with dreams of a future of knowledge?

I would encourage them to believe in themselves and their abilities. They should also be positive always  even in the face of negativities.

How has fashion changed your life?  How do you see the post Covid 19 market?  Do you believe that we will return more humanized.
Modelling has changed my life in many great ways. It has made me realize how important and influential a photo can be. It is hard to predict the post COVID future of this industry but I am hopeful it’s going to be a better one where all people are celebrated  regardless of who you are. 

Which model or professional in the field is an example for you?

I don’t have a particular model that I like but I am always inspired by every model who stands in front of a camera to spread positivity, love, beauty, art etc. 

Do you want to know Brazil?  What have you heard of our people?
When someone mentions soccer, Brazil always come in my mind. I know a lot of great Brazilian players. Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Neymar etc. I love the Brazilian culture too. The samba dance etc.

Thank you so much for that time with us.  You are a very inspiring person.

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