“Jamilla’s love affair with fashion started at the age of 7 after coming across her aunt’s fashion sketches. At high school, she modelled for adverts on local TV station in Maputo as well as designing for the agency she was signed with, Estudio Stilo.
Due to her petite stature, she quit modelling and focused on designing full time, attending Institute de Bela Artes in Maputo and Fashion College International in Nairobi. At Nairobi, she founded SturCouture in 2000, which dealt with various fashion shows in Nairobi, Magadi and Dar Es Salaam.
In 2002, she returned to Dar Es Salaam and opened up Jamilla Vera Swai Studio to give local designers some heavy competition: participating in various fashion shows and designing for a growing group of clients including retail shops in Zanzibar, Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam.”
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