A black African home design and interior design student in South Africa has hired two colleagues who previously worked for the same agency, according to the South African Business Report.
The student, named Mandy, told the Business Report that she recently made the hire in an effort to broaden her horizons and broaden her network.
“I just wanted to broaden my horizons a bit,” Mandy told the publication.
“I’ve been doing design for years, and I wanted to take on some projects that I haven’t done before.”
She added, “I wanted to have some people who would help me along the way and help me make decisions that I would make on my own.”
Mandy was able to secure the jobs thanks to the support of her employer, the Home Designers Union of South Africa (Hudson Design), which has partnered with the local company since 2010.
She said that hiring two colleagues was an added benefit to her position.
Mandalissa, who works at a local furniture company, also said that the hire helped her “focus more on my business.”
“It’s nice to have more people who are willing to work with you,” she told the business paper.
While the hiring of two colleagues is a welcome step forward, Mandy is not the first black home design student to have a successful career in the industry.
Mashonna Brown, a 16-year-old black girl from the South Carolina area, made waves in 2014 when she successfully started her own home design company.
Brown was initially hired by her high school’s creative arts department as a graphic designer, but after her mother’s death, she was promoted to interior designer.
Although she did not get any actual design work until her mid-20s, she went on to work for an industry veteran and eventually secured her own agency.
Now Brown is hoping to follow in her mother and sister’s footsteps and build her own career.
According to the business report, Morya is the second black home designer to make the jump into interior design.
In 2014, Danyelle Muthu, an 18-year old from the state of New Jersey, started her first business design firm, Pivotal.
A few months later, she graduated with a degree in home design from Brown University.
Danyelle’s business, PIVotal Design, now has offices in New York and Los Angeles.
Another African home-design student, Doreen N’Dike, started a new agency, Design By Doreena, last year.
N’Duke is the first African home and interior designer to get a job at a major home-based design agency.