South Coast girl wins prestigious title

2017-04-27 06:00
Shelley Beach’s Clere'isha Moodley walked away with the Miss Junior Teen SA 2017 title in Pretoria this month.PHOTO: supplied

Shelley Beach’s Clere'isha Moodley walked away with the Miss Junior Teen SA 2017 title in Pretoria this month.PHOTO: supplied

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FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Crele’isha Moodley from Shelley Beach waved the South Coast flag high when she was crowned Miss Junior Teen South Africa 2017 recently.

The Grade 10 Creston College pupil, who outcompeted hopefuls from across the country at the event in Pretoria this month said she was introduced to modelling three years ago.

“I first started with beach competitions, from there I went to Miss Africa where I qualified for the finals in Ballito and then from there I branched into Ms SA pageants.”

She said she fell into modelling by chance after she couldn’t pursue music due to a lack of singing coaches in the region.

With the help of a Durban modelling agency, Extreme Model Management (EMM), Crele’isha “grew” into the crowned pageant queen of numerous titles.

“EMM has been very helpful. They teach us everything from etiquette, to walking and just general things like to always be happy. I didn’t have to learn the last part though, because I am naturally someone who is always happy.

“I’m always laughing, even when I get hurt people would ask me, ‘why aren’t you crying?’ and I’d say ‘I don’t know’,” said Crele’isha, saying she got her “awkwardness” from her mother and perfectionism from her father.

Crele’isha’s modelling career will, however, have to wait until the engineering, graphics and design fanatic matriculates in two years.

“I’m still deciding on which career to pursue. In terms of modelling my dream is to model for a fashion designer in Milan, but right now I want to focus on school.”

She said contrary to popular belief, models are actually “very nice people”.

“Backstage we encourage each other to do well and I’ve made a lot of great friendships through modelling. All my friends are proud of me and my parents are my biggest supporters.”

Although she had already bagged best ramp model, best evening dress and Miss Junior Teen South Africa second princess Crele’isha said the announcement of her win as Miss Junior Teen South Africa 2017 came as a shock.

“When they called out my name I was just like ‘what? Me?’ They called my name again and the chaperone shouted ‘Crele’isha go’ and I walked onto the stage thinking ‘wow, this is me,”’ said Crele’isha.

For aspiring models she said a winning thing to believe in is always self-confidence.

“When I’m on the ramp I don’t worry about anything, it’s just me and the ramp and I just going for it. I show everyone that this is me.”

The owner of two dogs, Chester and Candy, Crele’isha said after relaxing at home with her family her favourite past-time is experiencing an adrenalin rush at the back of a quad bike.

“I swear I was supposed to be a boy. I love play wrestling with my brother and dad and I enjoy fixing things.”

Crele’isha said she wished to let small town girls like herself know that it was always okay to dream big.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them and never give up.”

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