BEHIND the Face of KZN model search contest is Bongani Nkosi, a former model, teacher, community development worker, journalist and talent scout. Nkosi, known as “Mr Bengs”, started the contest in 2010 because he had a vision of scouting young, new, unknown faces and introducing them to the world of modelling.“The first contest was held at the City Royal Hotel, and when we began we had very few sponsors.” City Royal Hotel, Louisiana Spur, Capture Crew Studios, DJ Thulani, Zoe’s Nail and Beauty Salon, 033 Lifestyle, Parasol Studios were some of the sponsors at the time.That year Zandile Thusi and Qiniso Sithole were crowned female and male winners respectively. In 2014 Pearl Cele and Thabiso Buthelezi won and last year Xolisile Ngubane and Sibusiso Dlamini were crowned the winners.Nkosi said the contest is open to models of all races and gender between the age of 18 and 35. “They must have a South African bar-coded identity document, must not be married or engaged or pregnant and be at school or university and/or presently working.” The contest is an opportunity for young people to get life skills training, tools that are necessary in their pursuit of a career.One of the perks of the contest was that winners get to rub shoulders with the who’s who of the entertainment industry. “They attend social events like Metro FM Music Awards, Royalty Soapie Awards, Future Leaders Youth Awards, Miss South Africa, South African Music Awards and the Durban July, to name a few.”For more information, contact Nkosi on 073 356 3737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/faceofkzn - Supplied.