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THREE Hoërskool De Vos Malan pupils have pulled out all the stops to come out tops at the King Wil­liam’s Town Miss Teen 2018 an­nual pageant hosted by Ri­h­naj Mod­els at a packed Brei­d­bach com­mu­nity hall at the week­end.

More than 600 hun­dred peo­ple – young and old – cre­ated an elec­tri­fy­ing at­mos­phere as con­tes­tants from schools in and around King Wil­liam’s Town dis­played their mod­el­ling skills.

Kayla He­witt was crowned Miss Teen with Nikita Lava her first princess and Lu­kee­sha Ma­troos sec­ond princess.

Ri­h­naj Mod­els man­ager Bren­dan Gosling, said the com­pe­ti­tion was open to pupils from all schools – from the ages of 14 to 17 – and was happy to see them well-rep­re­sented at the event. He was also ec­static about the phe­nom­e­nal sup­port by con­tes­tants, schools and the com­mu­nity at large for hav­ing con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of the event.

“It was just amaz­ing, be­yond my ex­pec­ta­tions, to see so many peo­ple at­tend­ing the event and to be hon­est, it was with­out doubt the big­gest crowd ever in the seven years I have been run­ning Ri­h­naj Mod­els Man­age­ment,” Gosling said.

“What I am try­ing to achieve through the project, Ri­h­naj, is ba­si­cally to get our young­sters in­volved in more pos­i­tive so­cial en­ter­tain­ment as our town lacks pos­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties for our youth re­sult­ing in so­cial-ills like drug abuse, teenage preg­nan­cies and crime – to men­tion a few.

“We are striv­ing through these kinds of ini­tia­tives to bring pos­i­tive change within our com­mu­ni­ties and the funds gen­er­ated at the show will go to­wards our new ven­ture, a win­ter soup kitchen where we will serve soup to needy and less for­tu­nate kids at least twice per week.”

He­witt, a 15-year-old De Vos Malan Grade 10 pupil, said she was ner­vous at first to such an ex­tent that: “I could feel my heart­beat in my stomach”

She added: “Well it all paid off, through the tons of com­pe­ti­tions I had, I still made it”. Her aunt Theda Ge­nade of Golf Club in Sweet­wa­ters said they were a big fam­ily and every­one at­tended the event to give her niece their sup­port.

“The evening was a huge, suc­cess­ful and well-or­gan­ised, thumbs-up to Bren­dan; I’ve lost my voice af­ter all the cheers and noises we as her fam­ily made in sup­port of Kayla af­ter we spot­ted that she was a bit stressed.” Ge­nade said.

“She re­gained her con­fi­dence as the com­pe­ti­tion pro­gressed and in the end made us ex­tremely proud when she was ad­judged the win­ner.”

The judges were Naomi Ester­huis, Candice Bosch, Jen­naleigh Jagers, Candice Wig­gle and Gosling him­self.

Gosling thanked the spon­sors and con­tri­bu­tions by in­di­vid­u­als, say­ing that they will be host­ing an­other event on Youth Day on 16 June, that will take the form of a ta­lent extravaganza show, that will ad­dress all as­pects of ta­lent like rap­pers, artists and dancers.


YOUNG BEAU­TIES: Win­ner of the KWT Miss Teen Pageant, 2018 Kayla He­witt, is flanked by sec­ond princess, Lu­kee­sha Ma­troos, left, and first princess Nikita Lava, right, with Ri­h­naj Mod­els’ man­ager Bren­dan Gosling stand­ing by at the Brei­d­bach Com­mu­nity...

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