Young beauty queen selected for U.S. show

2018-01-24 06:01
PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluLetoya Madlala (left) and her mother Londeka ask sponsors to help the young model travel overseas for an international talent show.

PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluLetoya Madlala (left) and her mother Londeka ask sponsors to help the young model travel overseas for an international talent show.

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LITTLE Letoya Madlala (9) from Ashdown will be one of 250 young actors, models, musicians and dancers jetting off to the United States to take part in a talent show in Orlando, Florida should she get help with funds.

There Letoya will showcase her modelling skills to casting agencies, among others.

She was chosen as part of a delegation that represents South Africa at the International Arts Talent Showcase, an annual event that was held in Krugersdorp last year.

Her mother Londeka said this is an opportunity of a lifetime for her daughter, which has also afforded her the chance to add to her expertise.

“On January 3 she attended a boot camp, where she received acting and dancing lessons which improved her chances of success at the main event,” Londeka said.

Letoya started modelling when she was younger and has collected numerous crowns, her most recent ones being Miss Heroine 2017 and Miss Edendale 2017.

“She was born for this. I think God gave her this talent, which is why I have to make sure she uses it.”

Letoya said she is elated about her upcoming trip and hopes to return home with a number of lessons.

“I want children from my home town, who are in the same age group as me, to understand it is important for them to use their talent because it will open many doors,” Letoya said.

However, the young model’s travels abroad hinge on her and her mother’s ability to raise money to fund the trip.

Letoya needs R72 000 to cover all the expenses, which includes costs for boot camp training.

An additional R38 000 is needed to cover the costs for her mother who will accompany her, which means an estimated R110 000 has to be raised and paid to the International Arts Talent­ Showcase by the end of March.

Londeka, a single parent and self-employed hairdresser, said she has raised some money which funded auditions and Letoya’s boot camp through her business.

“Now I am appealing to sponsors and donors to help with as much as they can afford, which will go a long way to ensuring Letoya gets to represent the country overseas,” Londeka said.

If anyone is able to assist Letoya, contact Londeka on 073 639 5120, who will provide the banking details of the International Arts Talent Showcase or they can deposit directly into Leyota’s bank account.

Account: Letoya Madlala

Standard Bank

Account number: 10095419835

Reference: Use your name or company name.

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