‘Work hard and stay humble’

2019-04-03 06:01
 photo: suppliedDeante Swart at the reptile shoot.

photo: suppliedDeante Swart at the reptile shoot.

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GRADE 7 pupil from Wembley College and a Greytown local, Deante Swart (12) recently took part in a reptile photoshoot, which she described as her toughest shoot yet.

Deante is a model who has posed for Mr Price Clothing, Mr Price Sport, and Soda Block and is actively involved in community work nationally and internationally.

She will be taking part in the Mini Miss RSA pageant in September this year where the winner will qualify to represent South Africa internationally in America.

Deante sat down with Gazette journalist, Andile Sithole, to talk about her modelling career so far.

  • Where did you grow up?
  • I was born in Welkom in the Orange Free State. We moved to Greytown about 10 years ago. Both my parents are teachers at Wembley College.

AS: Can you tell us more about the community work you do?

DS: I am involved in Letcee, Cupcakes for Kids with cancer, Tekkie tax, CANSA and my own organisation — ‘Be the change’.

I believe each and every person can make a change in their community or in someone's life. I am very fortunate that so many people support me in donations to make my charity work possible.

For the people that continuously support my charity drives, a big thank you.

Just remember: giving your time to help someone is also charity work, you do not need money to make a change.

AS: You recently took part in a reptile photoshoot, can you tell us more about it? And how were you selected for this photoshoot?

DS: The reptile photoshoot was organised by my modelling teacher from Trelique modelling agency and Noxo Photography (Niki Murray) and Adele, Eugene and Angi. It was by far one of my most challenging shoots I have ever done, and I must say snakes are not my favourite. Luckily, I worked with the most capable people that made it all possible.

AS: Who is your role model in life?

DS: I love Rolene Strauss, our previous Miss World. She still lives what she portrays. I would also say the people that I am in contact with and the charity organisations from all of them — there is so much to learn from them and many life lessons.

AS: Who is your source of inspiration?

DS: My parents. They work as hard as I do to make my dream a reality. They fully support me no matter what the outcome.

AS: What is your message to the other people who still need to pursue their dream?

DS: My message will be work hard every day, believe in yourself and if you fail get up and do it again and again. Most importantly always stay humble and, whatever you achieve, use it to make a difference in some one’s life or in the community.

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