EXHILARATED by his nomination in the Best Male Model category for the Live Your Dream Youth Awards, Snenhlanhla Khumalo of Scottsville is encouraging Pietermaritzburg residents to vote for him in order to bring this award home. The awards ceremony, to be held on November 30 at the Durban Playhouse, is aimed at uplifting and honouring young people who are doing amazing things in music, radio, television, dance, modelling and more. The 22-year-old Cost and Management Accounting student said he felt very special and honoured when he heard the news of his nomination. “I am still out of words. I didn’t know there were people paying attention and inspired by my craft,” said Khumalo. Currently reigning as Mr KZN Spring 2018/2019, Khumalo said his love for modelling started at the age of 13: “But back then I couldn’t see myself being a model because I wasn’t confident enough with my body. Fast forward to 2017 and things changed. I started fitness modelling, where I got booked for photoshoots, and later I entered the Mr KZN Spring 2018/2019 pageant, where I took the crown.”Khumalo also explained that receiving that crown paved the way for his firm self-belief and self-love. Khumalo urged everyone to vote for him, saying he wishes to one day share the experience he has gained with the youth in Pietermaritzburg who are interested in modelling. “I hope to open a modelling agency that will accommodate models from different backgrounds, more specifically those who have not been exposed to modelling agencies but are passionate about modelling,” said Khumalo. He also said that he aims to be crowned Mr South Africa one day. To vote for Khumalo, SMS LYD875 to 45633. Voting is unlimited and each vote costs R1.50.