Naledi Mphahlana, an 11-year-old Brebner Primary School learner, was crowned Miss Environment SA 2019. The pageant was open for young beauty queens from different primary schools in the Mangaung Metro.
Naledi, who is not a newcomer on the Bloemfontein pageant scene, has won a number of pageants since the age of five, which makes this young beauty from Bloemanda in Mangaung a force to be reckoned with in the modelling world.
Her mother, Mamicky Nkabi-Nhlapo, told Bloemfontein Courant that Naledi has always been an active child. “She has many talents that include dancing, swimming, ladies’ soccer and modelling. She has always enjoyed modelling the most, so I signed her to a modelling agency last year. With the whole family behind her she has made us proud as she has won numerous pageants.
“The Miss Environment 2019 title will surely open more doors for her to win big pageants. She has also recently been chosen as a finalist in the Miss Pre-Teen Free State Arts festival pageant. The crowning will take place in July this year,” said Nkabi-Nhlapo.
Naledi is also an ambassador for the One Child One Pack project which donates sanitary towels to disadvantaged girls.
“I am very happy to have won the Miss Environment SA 2019 pageant. I would like to thank my family for their support. My dream is to see myself one day becoming Miss World and Miss Universe. I would also like to open my own modelling agency one day,” she said. – Lebakeng Nkabi