She exuded so much elegance and poise, sashaying her vibrant self through the Avani Hotel foyer hand in hand with her husband, the Argentinian Gaborone United (GU) football coach, Rodolfo Zapata.
Ale is a beautiful, classy, and elegant woman who continues to be an inspiration to fashion as a former model and a successful businesswoman.
When Gaborone United’s (GU) Argentinean coach, Rodolfo Zapata first set his foot in Botswana, many soccer pundits were amazed as to how the ‘Money Machine’ has managed to conquer oceans and cast their net as far as Argentina"
The puzzlement was further inflamed by the mere fact Zapata hailed from a continent and precisely a country often referred to as the best footballing nation. Many were thrilled that GU will be ready and raring to repeat their yesteryears’ magnificence under the dexterous tutelage of the Argentinian gaffer.
The man himself, Rolo Zapata had also upon signing his contract promised fans everlasting bouts of enjoyable football. On the turf, GU played entertaining football.
However, off the field, Zapata has no match courtesy of her drop-dead gorgeous model wife, Alejandro Moraco, a seasoned model who has not only lived in Hollywood but has also set the international fashion ramps on fire with her sizzling modelling prowess.
Despite her undisputed eminence, we recently caught up with her and she was free to share with us inspired insights regarding Botswana, fashion and beauty in general…
"It is good to be here. Botswana is a beautiful country. This is our third experience in this continent. Previously we lived in Nigeria and South Africa. Botswana’s people are extremely nice, hospitable, friendly and welcoming to all visitors. I continue to receive tons of love everywhere I go. It’s a wonderful country, and I feel very comfortable here".
It’s such a pleasure talking to you. Please tell us about yourself, we’re informed you’re a renowned supermodel. Who exactly is Alejandra Moraco?
"I started my career as model and actress in Argentina. As an actress I worked in the movie “Evita”, and then I also worked on television, modelling and everything related to the fashion industry. That’s me in a nutshell, I have a knack for fashion".
Your husband is the current Gaborone United coach, Rodolfo Zapata. He came here alone, and you joined him at later stage, was that always the plan?
"Every woman wants to be with their husbands but sometimes our professions deny us that desired opportunity. I was busy with my fashion activities in Punta Del Este (Uruguay) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). But we were always in touch daily via WhatsApp and FaceTime".
Based on your international experience and having graced a few fashion shows in Botswana, where do you think we need improvement?
"I strongly believe that the models are very professional just like in Europe. Also their makeup and hairstyles are amazing. Regarding designers, they also have great talent. They mix the African style with inspired European elements, especially in the diversity of colours".
So are you looking into sharing your international experience with our local fashion industry and how?
"I would really love to. I believe that my experience can benefit the Botswana fashion industry, and I’m also readily available and able to share ideas. I foresee myself working with them in the near future and contributing positively to nurturing the Botswana fashion industry. That’s our greatest purpose in this world".
Surely living in a small country like Botswana limits you to other opportunities, even though one thinks you can always go whenever you have an international booking. What sets Botswana apart from rest of the world?
Thank you for the humbling compliment. What really makes one a fully-fledged model? And also as a parting shot, may you kindly share with us the path to the ‘fountain of youth’?
Diet and exercise. Healthy food is fundamental. Fruits and vegetables in this country are very good. I also do daily exercises like yoga, spinning and adventure sports such as hiking the nearby Kgale Hill.