Editor’s Note: The first time I heard of Mearg Tareke was at dinner with a friend. “Honestly,” the friend said, “This model reminds me so much of IMAN”, I and Mearg have been Facebook friends for a while but never really got the chance to talk. A week later, I saw a post on Facebook where someone shared a picture of IMAN and Mearg placed alongside each other and I honestly have to confess, the resemblance was undeniable.
The shoot done was a re-creation of IMAN’s look in one of her photo shoots and even when IMAN got to see it on Twitter, she immediately tweeted back wanting Mearg to come over to New York. The power of the social media is like nothing we have ever seen before and this was how I grew to learn about Mearg Tareke, an Ethiopian born model based in America. Although she has been modelling for a short time, Mearg Tareke is a woman you simply can’t ignore and will definitely be the next generation of Supermodels out of Africa.
She has the right mentally, the look, the stride, and personality to represent Africa on a global stage. She has been labelled “Storm” by her colleagues for her rapid popularity into the world of modelling and her exciting sense of humour. Her beauty is equally matched by her personality, intelligence, and delivery. She is currently involved in a few non-profit organizations including The Royal Circle foundation in Baltimore. Her number 1 dream is to become one of Africa’s most loved Supermodels and also to establish a foundation in Ethiopia that will empower and educate women in the lesser developed areas, in addition to helping the local talented people to get discovered.
This month, Zen puts the camera on Mearg to talk about her passion for modelling, fashion, and her plans for the future. This issue is Our Models of the Year Issue and we have spotlights on Congolese Model Flora Losilo, Ugandan model Angela Nakisozi, and a surprise feature from an International model. The fashion this month is truly out of this world and is totally 100% African from M.A.F Couture and The Jungle Collection by Fashion Envie.
We saved the best for last with interviews with Music Stars Ice Prince and Victoria Kimani, and designer Aloye Adede. To Round up the month, we present our exclusive with Ghanaian Actress Ama K. Abebrese. It’s a collage of amazing stories that will inspire you, inform you and even get you spending this month “Look out for the M.A.F Couture and The Jungle Collection by Fashion Envie, those designs need to be bought”.
Photographer: Tony beloz
Make up Artist: Leilon Cooper
Hair stylist: Jamale Dmonds