WINNING is the only option for Miss South Point 2016 and Miss Gauteng Exclusive 2017 finalist, Kelebogile Morukhu. The 21-year-old is currently a third-year student in education at Wits University. One of her biggest goals is to plant a seed of knowledge in the minds of young children. The multi talented model was in the front line of the #FeesMustFall campaign,is currently part of the Wits Education Choir, plays netball and recently joined the Wits Boxing Club.
What pageants have you competed in this year?
I entered for both Miss Gauteng Exclusive and Miss Jozi. I made it up to the semi-finals with Miss Jozi. They didn’t appreciate the fact that I am doing two pageants at the same time, but I am a finalist for Miss Gauteng Exclusive and winning is the only option.
When did you discover that you wanted to pursue modelling and beauty pageants?
I discovered back in secondary school that I can actually do modelling. I first entered a pageant in grade eight and I won it. After that I didn’t stop, I started knocking on doors everywhere. I definitely plan on doing it professionally, because it has made me grow so much as an individual.
What are your other interests?
I’m interested in various things. Not everyone knows that I do poetry, I dance and do sign language, but my biggest interest is that I have always wanted to be a news reporter and a TV presenter from a young age.
What projects are you working on and what is the inspiration behind them?
I have a project back in my hometown, Rustenburg. The programme is called “My holidays are productive”. When it is holiday time, parents do not know what to do with their children and that’s where I come in. I am also working on my motivational speaking project, where I go around schools and talk to the youth about their
worth. The inspiration behind all these projects is to see others better their future and me being able to play a role in it.
Where do you draw your strength from?
I get my strength from my grandmother, but I mostly get it from the gap between where I am and where I want to be.
Describe an average day in your life?
Wake up; hit the gym; get to campus; might have a photoshoot or interview; get to the labs and push school work; try get more opportunities for my career in modelling online; go to tutor grade four learners; hit the gym again; watch Being Mary Jane; and sleep.
What is your fitness routine?
In the morning I do cardio and in the evening I do weights, or work with my personal trainer.
What are the biggest misconceptions you have been confronted with as a beauty contestant?
“The only reason she is making it is because she has a great body and a big ass” and “Tswana girls think they are the best”.
How have you overcome the misconceptions and stereotypes?
The only way I have tried to overcome the misconceptions is by staying true to who I am and by holding on to what I believe in.
Why did you feel it was important to be active in the 2016 #FeesMustFall movement?
I understand the pain of a black struggling child, because I am a black struggling child who has a dream and just wants to achieve it.
Is it true that you are interested in running for SRC in 2017?
SRC!? Wow, these walls have ears. My team wants me to run for office, but I still haven’t made the final decision yet.