SA model crowned World Su­per­model

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IN THE city of Ma­cau on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta, a young South African girl won the ti­tle of World Su­per­model.

Belinde Bella Schreuder, 21, from Cen­tu­rion told The Star’s sis­ter pa­per, the Pre­to­ria News, yes­ter­day that she had par­tic­i­pated in nu­mer­ous mod­el­ling gigs, so she took a chance and en­tered the in­ter­na­tional mod­el­ling com­pe­ti­tion as it had been one of her goals. She first en­tered the Su­per­model South Africa pageant when she was only 17 years old.

Schreuder’s mod­el­ling story be­gan when she was a lit­tle girl vis­it­ing a mar­ket with her fam­ily and went on stage with girls who were tak­ing part in a pageant.

Although she had not en­tered it, she felt the need to go and strut her stuff. “Mod­el­ling has been a sport for me,” she says. “Just like hockey and net­ball, mod­el­ling has al­ways been my thing. I love what goes on be­hind it; it’s much more than just be­ing a pretty face.”

Schreuder says she al­ways wanted to com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally and as she’d en­tered the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in South Africa, she thought she’d take a chance on the in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tion.

One of the tasks they had to do was take to a cat­walk on one of the tallest tow­ers in the world, one that is 233m high.

“I was ini­tially afraid, but when I fi­nally got the hang of it, I wasn’t so scared of it any­more.”

She says this has to be one of the most pres­ti­gious ti­tles she’s ever won, and de­scribes the feel­ing of win­ning it as “un­real”.

The young woman com­pleted her pub­lic re­la­tions qual­i­fi­ca­tion at Bos­ton City Cam­pus and Unisa, but says she still has a lot more stuff in store for her fans.

She has been approached by the Klein­vee Fees to help pro­mote their fes­ti­val.

She also has her own project, SA Schools, where she gives school­child­ren the op­por­tu­nity to be­come am­bas­sadors for their school so that they can help bring change to the world.

“The youth of to­day, is the fu­ture of to­mor­row,” Schreuder firmly be­lieves.

PIC­TURE: THOBILE MATHONSI

RUN­WAY QUEEN: Belinde Bella Schreuder.

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