'Nothing beats Passion', Lerato GULIWE



She is a model/dancer/actress/presenter who is well on her way to the top and doing it in style! Comfortable on the runway just as much as she is on the dancefloor, you can even catch her in the latest Mafikizolo music video titled "ofananawe" doing her thing.  She is also the current Miss Flawless First Princess and looking at her achievements so far in a very young but exciting career, true to what she herself would like to say, clearly 'nothing beats passion!'.

This is Lerato GULIWE's story, in her very own words............

BACKGROUND

Lerato Guliwe is a confident township girl born and raised in Soweto. She prides herself in her craft as a motivational speaker, dancer and model who is also an aspiring actress and presenter. I, Lerato believe that if there is a multi-talented man in this world, then we all are. I believe that I can do anything and everything that adds a little spark in my heart. I am capable. As a 19 year old with a 3 year experience in the world of modeling I want to say "It's hard, it's tough but fail 99 times if you're passionate. You will succeed and reap the joys from toil.". That quote comes from the depths of my heart and I WILL PROVE IT to the world. Even though I only won after my fourth pageant, it's something. I stumbled, I fell, I picked myself up and ran again. I am proud of holding the title 'Miss Flawless First Princess 2017' made possible by Sentrons Entertainment. I am currently a student at the University of Johannesburg and I look forward to entering a handful of competitions on and off campus. I know I am not the biggest modeling machine yet, but I am still under construction. It's in me.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

I started off with pageants, just like most queens you see on vogue and other world class magazines. The first pageant in my life was in 2015 "Miss Valentine's Junior" hosted by Miss Constance Mothuloe who is a former Miss South Africa finalist. Wow! you don't wanna know, it was bad but... I learned. I always remain positive. So thereafter, later in the year I entered other pageants 'Miss Face of Platinum City', 'Miss Million Dollar' and the finally Miss Flawless where I came first runner up. I think the problem with me was that I was always entered into big pageants without getting that experience from small ones first. In 2017, I went local. I entered Miss Soweto and Miss Teen Soweto. I made it to the finals for Miss Teen, the experience was amazing! I did fashion shows, Valentine's meets fashion show sponsored by Ice-Tropez, Revlon and Black Opal and the Proudly African Market (The PAM). I was also part of Uzuri, the Gauteng Academy of Models SA and I've worked a lot as a freelance model. I did a lot of street fashion photography. I am so comfortable in heels, I just get so tall. Oh, I am also featured in the latest Mafikizolo Music Video "ofananawe" which is currently hitting the A-lists.

PASSION

Modeling is something that I fell in love with after my friends, siblings and I would make mini-concerts on my grandma's stoep and pretend it was a real show with an audience. We designed sashes and paper crowns. Ah! gone are those fun days. I loved it. I would be the judge, host or sometimes the contestant. I enjoyed every second of it. But because I was in love with dance so much, I had to choose between modeling and ballet and there was no way I'd do ballet. So my modeling road began and I saw myself as this up and coming Miss South Africa. I couldn't resist. All I could do is just fall passionately in love. My family supported my when I started. I also couldn't disappoint them. Quitting is a disappointment, failure isn't. Its also something linked to changing and uplifting lives which just made me think "this is what I want and have to fight for".

THE JOURNEY SO FAR

It has been amazing although I do feel like its only the beginning, nothing has started. All that was just a trial run or perhaps pre-phase. One memorable accomplishment nonetheless was being selected at my school to be a judge at a pageant my school. Phoenix College of Johannesburg in 2015. I felt like it made a huge difference and it meant a lot to me. I finally became a modeling judge and gave prizes away.

DANCE

Dance is my life. Dance is therapy. Even though I'm not the best, but nothing beats passion. I have never really been exposed to such opportunities. Its all something that I choose to do by myself. So if I started out really young, I'd probably be dancing in everyone's sleep and travel travel travel a lot. But I did do gymnaestrada in 2010, I was one of the best and I rested for quiet a while which was a huge setback. I went back to dance in June, 2017 at the Moving Into Dance (Mophatong) Company in Newtown. There, I did hip hop and contemporary dance. Two months later I auditioned at a dance academy Jozi Youth Dance Company and got accepted. This year I am a UJ cheerleader and I enjoy all the pain in training because it means I am going a step ahead.


GOALS

My short-term goals include getting into the top three for the Miss Deep South Pageant that I recently entered and getting into G3 modeling agency. I wants 3 crowns this year and I will enter more and more pageants until they all sit on my head. I just have this idea of being a dance model. I want to do it and I will because I am flexible, not too much. My medium-term goal is to enter Miss Varsity Cup and Miss UJ and place top 3 for both of them. My long term goal is becoming a global ambassador and Miss World.


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