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Local teen set to represent South Africa in international pageant

''I enjoy being on stage so much; I love how the stage has boosted my confidence.’’

A Grade 7 Nuwe Republiek Primary School (NRS) learner is all set to represent South Africa in an international beauty pageant.
Noluthando Mtshali, who is just 13 years old, is making her voice heard and ‘walking the walk’ in the world of pageants. Mtshali was introduced to modeling about two years ago by her younger sister, Senamile, who is also a model.
The two sisters have been holding each other’s hands and making sure they win at every pageant they enter. It is often true that the apple does not fall far from the tree; the girls take after their mother, who also took part in pageants years back.
The sisters recently competed in a pageant that was held in Durban at Sun Sibiya Casino, where the stage was their oyster and the audience was eating out of the palm of their hands. Senamile took the title of Miss Pre-Teen Universe South Africa KwaZulu-Natal, while Noluthando won Miss Pre-Teen Charm South Africa, giving her the chance to represent the country internationally in the next rounds.
Noluthando has won different pageants like Miss AbaQulusi, Miss Melmoth, Miss Hlalankosi and her school’s pageants. “Pageants have taught me a lot since I started. I have learnt how a lady behaves, how I must always be clean, to know my worth and stand up for myself. I enjoy being on stage so much; I love how the stage has boosted my confidence.’’
Noluthando says that one of the many things she loves about pageants is the charity work they do. She says it’s always fulfilling for her to donate to the needy and make a difference. ‘’I am so excited about the opportunity to go overseas and I must thank the people who have contributed in my career thus far. I thank Nana Mthethwa who has played a role in assisting us with modelling, I thank my whole family for going above and beyond in making sure we attend these pageants, my grandmother and Sis Tholakele who make my attire, the NRS staff – especially Mr Jonker – for their support, Mr and Mrs Mdlalose for being there since day one, Miss Teen Universe South Africa director Ntombi Gumede for giving me the opportunity, and everyone else who has shown support along my journey.’’ She also thanks the people who voted for her, day-in day-out, making sure she remains in the competition.
Noluthando says everything has been good and there are no challenges she can’t handle in the pageant world. This confident young lady aspires to be a psychologist someday.
A certain amount of money needs to be collected to confirm her international participation and reserve her place in the international pageant. Therefore, she is pleading with anyone who can help with funding or donations to fulfil her dreams and bring the crown home. She can be contacted on 083 413 8866 and her social media handles are Noluthandomtshali_ and Senamilemtshali_

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