Miss SA teen: Mzansi's new 'it' girl

By Drum Digital
12 January 2012

They look like sisters as they giggle over orange juice and cappuccino at the upmarket Piza e Vino in Joburg’s swanky Melrose Arch.

It’s a bright summer day and a soft breeze wafts through 19-year-old Celeste Khumalo’s Brazilian weave, blowing strands across her smiling face.

But the woman laughing with her is in fact her mother, Nomsa Khumalo, who looks very young for 41 – hardly surprising considering she used to be a model herself.

And the two of them have every reason to be happy. It’s just over a month since Celeste was crowned Miss SA Teen – and only a day after she received her matric results.

Confirming that she’s more than just a pretty face, Celeste passed with two distinctions and missed a third one by just one per cent.

The fact that she’s doing her first magazine shoot is the cherry on top of the cake, although just a few days earlier she had her first experience of negative publicity when a daily newspaper published a false story about her.

The article claimed this young beauty had turned her back on her father after he reached out to her upon hearing of her crowning.

“It’s true, there is conflict between the families – his side and my mom’s side – but the way it was put in that story was completely wrong,” says Celeste.

“They twisted my words after overhearing me and my family chatting, which was off the record.

“Yes, there are issues between my dad and me, because he did some things that were not necessarily right. But I love him, and it’s up to us to solve our problems – not the whole of South Africa"

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