Six-year-old to represent SA at Little Mr and Miss Africa in Uganda

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Angela tells us that during lockdown she was busy preparing for modelling. Supplied/ Ongeziwe Roqo.
Angela tells us that during lockdown she was busy preparing for modelling. Supplied/ Ongeziwe Roqo.

In 2017 then three-year-old Angela Roqo won the 1st Princess place in a pageant, and she's never looked back.

She won Miss Elite SA in March 2019; Toddler and Tween of the World in September 2019; Miss Global Beauty of SA in October 2019, and in December 2019, in Brackenfell in the Western Cape, she lifted the trophy for Miss Little Princess of South Africa.

Soon after Angela was crowned 2nd Princess in the International Junior Miss South Africa pageant, in February 2020.

Modelling during lockdown

Of course the Covid-19 lockdown put an end to her winning streak, but she told Parent24 that during the lockdown she was still very busy preparing for her future in modelling.

She says that she has a routine that keeps her focused, and that makes her disciplined enough to achieve her goals.

"Monday to Friday, I go to school. I do the homework at school. When I arrive home, I relax, then eat," she told us, "But, at 19:00, it’s my time to focus on modelling. I practice until 19:30. Then I take a shower, eat, brush my teeth and go to bed at 20:30."

This training stood her in good stead, as once the lockdown restrictions eased Angela entered the Miss Gauteng Schools competition at Mount Usambara in Krugersdorp, where she also won the competition.

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Modelling lessons 

Angela says that modelling has taught her to love and respect herself and other people around her.

"Modelling taught me to be able to share, forgive and be confident in myself and what I can achieve," the 6-year-old says. 

Angela believes that modelling has taught her to be more mature than other children her age. She knows how to handle tricky interview questions and the pressure that comes with interviews.

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Angela Roqo. Photo: Calderhead Photography

"Modelling grows me mentally because, at my age, I even know about interviews and what is happening in the interview room, how I must look when going to the interview. There are so many other things that modelling taught me, and there are so many things that I learn every day," she says. 

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When she grows up

"I want to be the most ingenious medical doctor in the whole world," Angela revealed to us, adding that she loves reading, writing and watching her favorite cartoons.

Angela's mom, who is currently unemployed, tells us that she is doing her best to make sure that her daughter's dream of representing South Africa in Uganda becomes known.

Although she can't cover some of the costs necessary to get Angela to Uganda, she is determined to make it happen, as she believes that Angela can bring this crown home.

The Little Mr. and Miss Africa will be held in Uganda at the Pearl of Africa Hotel from 24 to 31 January 2021.

The total cost for Angela and her mom for this prestigious event comes to over R49 000, but Angela's mother believes that with some help from the people of South Africa this little princess will realise her dream.

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