She personifies the phrases “beauty with brains” and “starting young.” At just 12, Keegan-Lee Croy from Hanover Park has scooped numerous beauty and community outreach pageant titles. She wears many hats including that of a motivational speaker, youth ambassador for ward 47, recipient for African Children of the Year Award and Miss Pretty 2018. Apple, as she is affectionately known, is a finalist for Ms Brighter Future South Africa which will be happening in Durban this month. The Hanover Park young beauty says all she wishes for is to be an inspiration. She also wishes to shine the light brightly on those who feel they have lost hope.Her titles require her to have extensive involvement in charity work not just in her area but in an around Hanover Park; a task she says she does effortlessly because she likes to serve and help. She even has hopes to establish the Miss Hanover Park pageant later this year.“I would also like to one day help by dishing out soup to the poor and have events where I will motivate the youth,” she says.One of her current projects is about collecting wool which she uses to make socks and beanies for babies. She has made some donations to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. She says despite all the negative, which is not only happening in Hanover Park but all around, the youth must push harder.“Where you come from does not define who you can be,” she motivates.Her future plans include obtaining a qualification as a child psychologist – a qualification that would enable her to help abused children and those who are born from drug-using parents, she says.She works closely with her grandmother Daphne whom she described as her role model. Her other role model is City’s stakeholder engagement manager, Jemayne Andrews. She says Andrews inspires her and is a hard worker with a good heart and she wishes to be like her.Daphne says she is proud of her granddaughter. She says she always affirms her in all she does and also emphasises the importance of education. “I always tell her that education is the key to success,” he says.