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Visual Communication (MA)

Zoë Kezia

Zoë is a professional fashion model, photographer/videographer and video editor. She started her modelling career in 2021, working with a range of fashion brands from British classics such Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Fred Perry, and international fashion houses including Marc Jacobs, Valentino and Tommy Hilfiger. Around the same time, she completed a BA in Design at Goldsmiths University, which is where her multidisciplinary and autoethnographic approach to her creative practice was born. 

In her professional work she specialises in events and documentary, working with charities that support people from marginalised or underrepresented communities (like herself). More recently her practice has begun to intervene into the fashion and beauty sectors, by utilising her years of experience on set.

Degree Details

School of CommunicationVisual Communication (MA)RCA2023 at Battersea and Kensington

RCA Kensington, Darwin Building, Fourth floor

Zoe Kezia Black and White Headshot

Though professionally I focus primarily on documenting events and telling the stories of others, in my personal practice I have begun to explore and unpack the structures of the fashion industry, incorporating the use of spoken word and experimental photography and video editing as more complex story-telling techniques.

‘Performance of Power / Power of Performance’ explores the emotional and professional challenges models face in the fashion industry through spoken word and still and moving image.

The video primarily speaks to models directly, reassuring them that they are not alone and proposing tools that can be used to implement creativity in the ways that they perform. Simultaneously, this moving image work is intended to shed light on the realities of the modelling industry –  particularly in relation to gender discrimination, race inequality, and the exploitation of labour – for outsiders who may still have a glossy perception of how the world of fashion operates.

Many of today’s working models find themselves in a position where they wish to treat their modelling careers as a creative practice, but rigid systemic structures dictate that they cannot, and as a result face difficulty in career progression, which in turn affects their livelihood.

Year: 2023 Duration: 3 minutes, 45 seconds Colour, Sound: Stereo Ratio: 16:9 Available Format/s: HD Digital File

The Sir Frank Bowling Black Scholarship