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Vonani Shikwambana, Best Photographic Model, Evette Geyser, Best New Comer Model, Michelle Fox, Best Overall Senior Model, Sukoluhle Sibanda, Best Catwalk Model, Washu Hlabioa, Best Overall Jr Model, Moshibudi Manyaka, Most Dedicated Model, Wilita Lee, Royal Diamond Award Winner, Kamogelo Makgato, Miss Beauty with a Purpose, Katryn Cilliers, owner and Paballo Selolo, Little Rising Star Award.

Picture perfect models on the runway


Limpopo Beauty Modelling Academy hosted their 7th annual Award- and Graduation Fashion Show at a local lodge on Saturday and rewarded the models for their hard work over the past year.
More than 400 guests attended the event and 39 models aged 4 to 26 participated in the show.
Twenty-five models graduated and were presented with custom-made graduation caps and gowns.
“The academy is all about grooming young girls to become confident young ladies who are motivated to achieve their goals and become role models in their communities,” Katryn Cilliers, owner of the academy, explained.
“It is such an honour to see these young shy girls transform into top models,” she said.
The academy also awarded Limpopo Beauty Ambassador sashes to all the hard working models.
For Cilliers this wat truly a night to remember. “Many kids are being bullied at school and at the academy we aim at building these girls’ self-esteem through a variety of fun fashion shows, photo shoots and other events. I am so proud of my models.
Their hard work and persistence inspires me daily,” she said.
The following awards were made on the evening:
Special awards:
Best Level 1 A: Paballa Selelo
Best Level 1 B: Keorapetse Mashishi
Best Level 2 A: Rebotile Letshedi
Best Level 2 B: Charmaine Mkosi
Best Level 3: Michelle Fox
Exams level 1:
Best Evening: Keorapetse Mashishi
Best Interview: Paballo Selolo
Best Photographic: Tokollo Masekoameng
Exams level 2 A:
Best Evening: Manto Shahi
Best Interview: Rebotile Letshedi
Best Photographic: Palesa Masimene
Exams level 2 B:
Interview: Nyeleti Sketana
Exams level 3:
Best Evening: Michelle Fox
Best Interview: Reneilwe Mailula
Best Photographic: Wilita Lee
Tzaneen Top Models: Bonolo Makgoba (Jr) and Jeanne-mari de Jonge (Snr)
Polokwane Top Models: Rebotile Letshedi (Jr) and Michelle Fox (Snr)
Mokopane Top Models: Wilita Lee (Jr) and Keorapetse Mashishi (Snr)
Overall Best Junior: Washu Hlabioa
Overall Best Senior: Michelle Fox
Little Rising Star Award: Pabalo Selolo
Most Dedicated Model: Moshibudi Makgato
Beauty with a Purpose: Kamogelo Makgato
Best Photogenic: Vonani Shikwambana
Diamond Award: Wilita Lee
Best Newcomer: Evette Geyser

Story & photos: Supplied & Yolandi van den Berg | yolandivdberg@observer.co.za

In front are Bonolo Makgoba, Limpopo Beauty Top Model Tzaneen Jr and Jeanne-mari de Jonge Limpopo Top Model Tzaneen. At the back are Keorapetse Mashishi, Limpopo Top Model Mokopane, Wilita Lee, Limpopo Top Model Mokopane Jr, Rebotile Letshedi, Limpopo Top Model Mokopane Jr and Michelle Fox, Limpopo Beauty Top Model Polokwane.

The models who graduated.

Jeane-mari de Jonge, a model from Tzaneen Branch, graduated with her educator’s diploma in modelling with 80%. According to Cilliers (right), De Jonge joined the Academy seven years ago to build her self-asteem as she was a very shy girl who had been bullied from a very young age. “Her whole life changed after joining the academy and today she is a beautiful top model with more than 40 titles and awards toher name,” she says. “Jean-Mari is a great inspiration to all young girls.”

Sukoluhle Sibanda on the runway.

Limpopo Beauty Top Model Polokwane, Michelle Fox.

Vonani Shikwambana, Best Photographic Model.

The event ended with a glow in the dark runway event organised by the models themselves. On the runway is Mapula Makgopa.

Jeanne-mari de Jonge with her Teachers Diploma Level 5B that she attained with distinction.

Kamogelo Magato.

Keo Mashishi and Jane Rametse.

Lethabo Lelahane.

Michelle Fox.

Nyeleti Sketana.

Paballo Selolo.

Phumzile Mkhonto.

Sukoluhle Sibanda and Koketso Mazunda.

Evette Geyser.