Limpopo model Kgaoletso Ntsoane has set her sights on scooping the South African title of Miss Teen World with the hopes of representing the country in South America later this year.
Ntsoane, 18, is not just a beauty queen, but a self-motivated hard-worker who believes in using her brain power to inspire the lives of young people in her rural home village of Ga-Mphahlele Maijane outside Polokwane.
She is currently preparing to participate in the South African leg of the international pageant, Miss Teen World, which will be held in Pretoria on June 10.
“I have been modelling for the past eight years and it is simply unbelievable how far I have come. It has certainly not been an easy journey but I have learned a lot and I feel that I am ready to wear a national crown,” said Ntsoane.
The young model is currently upgrading her matric results at Nonwane Christian Academy after passing her matric last year.
“I felt that I needed to produce the best results because I believe in education. As much as I love modelling, I fully subscribe to the saying that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to fight poverty’.
“I am pursuing this title because I believe it will amplify my voice to advocate for education and inspire young people who come from rural areas such as Ga-Mphahlele. My goal is not to become a supermodel but to be a role model to those still finding their feet in the schooling system,” she said.
Ntsoane’s journey as a model has not been easy. She has often entertained thoughts of giving up but the support from her family has helped her stay strong.
“I do not come from a wealthy family but from a supportive family. They try their level best to help us achieve our dreams even though they might not have enough money to provide for our wants. That is why I believe in working hard so that their efforts are not wasted.
“There was a time when I thought I might not qualify as a finalist for Miss Teen World SA to the point where I thought of pulling out. However, the support that I received from my family, friends, the local ward councillor, Mphahlele FM and Nonwane Christian Academy gave me strength to hold on and here we are now,” Ntsoane said.
Below are the number of pageants that Ntsoane enter since her days as a Grade 5 learner at Maijane Primary School:
- 2015 – Miss Maijane Spring. No crown.
- 2016 – Miss Maijane Spring. Crowned 1st Princess
- 2019 – Miss Tauphuti. No crown.
- 2020 – Miss Lepelle Review. No crown.
- 2021 – Miss Royal Zebediela. 1st Princess.
- 2021 – Miss Beauty Lebowakgomo. Crowned 2nd Princess.
- 2021 – Miss Royalty Champion. Crowned Queen.
- 2021 – Face of Jazzy Events Ambassador. Not crowned.
- 2021 – Miss Intellectual. Top 5 but not crowned.
- 2022 – Miss Tauphuthi Best Model. Crowned Queen.
- 2023 – Miss Intellectual Gamphahlele. Crowned 1st Princess.
- 2023 – Miss Royalty Champion (New Look). Crowned Queen.
“I know how to lose and I know how to win. I remember when I lost Miss Tauphuti in 2019, I cried with a heavy heart because I thought I would win, but the more you do it the more you understand that only three people go home with a crown.
“This is something that I am now teaching younger models as a coach at Mphahlele Modelling Academy. I am well-grounded now because of the Queen of Limpopo, Tumelo Ntsoane. It is our duty to inspire our generation to believe and work towards achieving their dreams,” Ntsoane said.