With her sights set on making a difference, her recent award has come as no surprise.
For beauty queen Keegan Lee Croy from Hanover Park, giving back to her community has been part of her motivation to host a recent pageant. This was in a bid to bring the glitz and glam of pageants closer to the community.
Apple, as she is known, started hosting the Miss Hanover Park pageant with her grandmother in 2017.
“The pageant is to teach young girls like herself to have self-esteem, self confidence and self worth, knowing who you are, and helping others so that they too become the best version of themselves,” says her mother, Daphne. “It does not matter where you come from, but what you chose to be.”
She has been modelling since the age of four and has featured in several TV advertisements and shows, as well as print ad campaigns. While she has been competing locally for a number of years, her first national pageant took place in 2015.
“She only had four weeks training with her coach. (She had) no formal experience, only a vision to change the world and a dream to one day wear the Miss SA and Miss Universe crowns,” she says.
Apple was crowned Miss Pre-Teen South Africa 2018 and Miss Pre-Teen Universe SA 2018, with the opportunity to represent South Africa in Turkey. She is currently also fundraising to attend the 2021 Junior Miss South Africa pageant.
Keegan has been nominated and won several awards at the African Child of the Year Awards. In 2020 she won the category of Community Safety and also won Child of the Year at the inaugural South African Child of the Year Awards.
This 13-year-old may have big dreams, but she is rooted in charity and a love for giving back to her community, encouraging other teens to rise above the negativity they are surrounded by.
Lockdown also did not stop her, with various community organisation partnerships, sanitary drives and sandwich distribution drives to the less fortunate still running.