Veronique Giwe Tongbi
At eighteen, I was a student at a modeling school in Congo. When I was twenty, I left my country to study fashion in Geneva. And it was there that I took a true modeling class. I loved Geneva. I was a good student, and I was always working, doing photo shoots, getting pictures taken. I wanted to stay there, but my cousins told me no. They told me stories about bad things that could happen to me. After three years, I went back to my country. I wish I could have stayed. I was a model until I was twenty-four years old. I loved dressing myself. My favorite outfit was a straight skirt, always in black, and a blouse, either black and white or brown, and a black belt. My shoes always matched what I wore. When I was dressed in my beautiful clothes, I felt beautiful and like everyone in the world thought I was beautiful. When I wore something, everyone wanted to wear it. They could see on the outside the way the clothes made me feel on the inside, that they made me feel beautiful.