Man teaches Miss SA how to walk

Sowetan - - FRONT PAGE - Mothusi Masemola masemo­lam@sowe­tan.co.za

KGOMOTSO Se­boko says it’s all in the walk.

The model trainer, who has been work­ing with reign­ing Miss SA Ntan­doyenkosi Kunene in prepa­ra­tion for the Miss Uni­verse fi­nals later this month, said her walk­ing tech­nique will win her the ti­tle.

Se­boko of KS Mod­el­ling Academy in the Jo­han­nes­burg CBD ad­mit­ted that it was an anom­aly to find a male teach­ing a woman to walk for a beauty pageant, an in­dus­try dom­i­nated by fe­males.

Ntando will raise the South African flag on Jan­uary 30 in Manila, Philip­pines.

“When de­sign­ers and brands de­sign clothes, they have the model in mind,” said Se­boko.

“When the model puts on the oth­er­wise life­less gar­ments, it is their walk that ac­cen­tu­ates the de­sign. Walk­ing like a video vixen or Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret model gives you con­fi­dence and makes you vic­to­ri­ous, com­pared to walk­ing slow and slumpy.”

He said the walk­ing trend on fash­ion ramps is all about tak­ing a longer stride, while pick­ing one foot to take over from the other.

“Ntando’s strength is her dom­i­nant left foot, which is un­like most South African girls. This not only makes her unique but also com­pet­i­tive as this is a pop­u­lar stride on the in­ter­na­tional mod­el­ling scene.”

Se­boko and Kunene met in 2013, when he was part of the train­ing team at Miss Mpumalanga in Nelspruit. The beauty queen chose Se­boko to train her be­cause of the per­sonal re­la­tion­ship that was forged back then.

Her train­ing regime in­volved find­ing the per­fect wardrobe, a killer walk, and be­ing men­tally aware of the cur­rent so­cioe­co­nomic af­fairs of the coun­try and the world.

Kunene is con­fi­dent about do­ing bet­ter than she did at Miss World where she didn’t place. “Miss World and Miss Uni­verse are two dif­fer­ent pageants. Miss Uni­verse fo­cuses on an el­e­gant, smart woman and I am con­fi­dent that I am all of that.”

She said it was cru­cially im­por­tant that she brings this crown home for the first time in the new South Africa. “We have a Miss World post-1994. It would be great to add Miss Uni­verse.” She leaves this morn­ing for the Philip­pines.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Miss SA Ntan­doyenkosi Kunene and Kgomotso Se­boko dur­ing their walk train­ing ses­sion in prepa­ra­tion for Miss Uni­verse.

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