‘I want to be Miss SA’

2014-11-10 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURGER Nonkululeko Williams fought the battle of not allowing her background to stand in the way of achieving her dreams.

Placed at the SOS Children’s Village at the age of seven, she recently started her own company, Stardom Events, which does wedding and event planning.

Recounting a less than happy start to life, she said she was placed at the SOS Children’s Village after her grandmother hid her at a Place of Safety in Umlazi, Durban, just a few months after she was born because of the family’s financial constraints and an abusive father.

“My father wanted a boy so when he heard I was a girl, he took off, leaving my mother with nothing,” Williams said.

Although her ultimate passion is acting and modelling, she realised early on she needed to study to guarantee her a sustainable career.

After matric at Alexandra High School, she studied Public Relations at the University of Zululand and graduated in 2011.

She now works as an office administrator in Johannesburg and recently started her own company, Stardom Events, where her focus is weddings and events planning.

The 24-year-old still treasures a letter of congratulation from DA leader Helen Zille after she was awarded an Overall Academic Award for the Reach of the Stars competition held in Cape Town in 2007.

“It was an honour. I still have the letter and it means a lot to me. One day I will meet her and tell her about my achievements and where I am now.”

She said her childhood dream was to go to Disneyland in the United States and it was realised last year when she represented South Africa through the modelling agency Just You Artist Management.

“I live and breath modelling. I often asked myself: ‘Why give up on a dream that only you understand and are passionate about?’ My dream is to represent my country one day as Miss SA.”

She said she never fitted in anywhere and that helped her to be strong to face any challenges on her way to success.

She met her family when she was 18, but attributes her success to the SOS Village. “SOS Village showed me nothing but love. They sheltered, nurtured and watched me blossoming into this beautiful flower that I am today.”

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