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RUNWAY MODEL IN THE MAKING

Lebogang Lee Motaung is an ambitious young woman whose goal is to become a fashion model, a runway model and a successful lawyer. The young Belabela model, 21 years of age, spoke to Flair Magazine Editor and Publisher Hlayiseka T Mabunda about her aspirations.

No matter where her modelling career may take her, this young aspirant runway model does not forget about her roots. She only has the best words to say about her mother Catherine Motaung whom she describes as very supportive of her budding modelling career.

I was raised in Limpopo by a strong independent generous woman.

Lee as she is affectionately known in social circles, is the first of two daughters raised by the generous and supportive Ms Motaung from the Leseding section in BelaBela.

Lee was only 6 or seven years old when she got into the modelling space and she is therefore grateful that her mother Catherine was there every step of the way to chaperone her when she started out as a child model, until today. Young Lee never looked back. She goes on to describe her mother as very supportive because were it not for her she would never had joined the first ever pageant that she participated in at the small Limpopo town.

Lee is currently a finalist in the Mr and Miss Lorna Foundation talent pageant. She hopes to be the first young woman to be crowned as the Miss Face of Lorna Foundation.

I saw their post online and decided to be part of the pageant. Being a finalist of the Miss Lorna Foundation is a great honour and a great opportunity. The most exciting part of this pageant is that it is not only focused on the physical appearance but the inner beauty as well as the intelligence, talent, traditional judging as well as involvement in charitable activities.

 

And talking about charitable activities, Lee Motaung says she takes time out to help cook and make food for children at the Kutlwelo Bohloko Pre School in Belabela.

Miss Motaung says becoming a model is very beneficial. “It helps one gain self confidence as well as improve one’s self esteem, let alone expose one to new experiences and publicity,” she says. In the future the youthful Miss Motaung sees herself becoming a runway model, a fashion model, being seen on billboards and becoming the face of big and well known national brands. She would also love to see herself running her own modelling academy. Through a modelling academy she hopes that she will be able to impart modelling lessons to young and upcoming models.

This young Unisa law student also has advice for young upcoming models.

Believe in yourself, be true to yourself. Never mind what other people say. Listen to your inner voice and remember it all seems impossible until it is done, and when it is done it will be worth all the wait because perseverance is the mother of success and patience is virtue.

She goes on to advise the young ones to take their time when doing the things they love. Motaung also describes herself as being passionate about helping people. “I’m a good listener and am good at solving problems or giving advice”

The blossoming model says she  is still looking for a modelling agency and hoping for the best to represent her as well as help grow her modelling career. She thinks that belonging to a modelling agency would take away some of the stress of having to manage herself, and it would also help in so far as travel costs, as well as  help in marketing and publicity.
“It’s hard but I try. Without my mother’s support I wouldn’t have been able to do it. I wouldn’t have gone this far in modelling.”

Amongst other modeling gigs she has taken part in, some of the highlights in her modelling career include being nominated as the first princess in the Miss Heritage beauty pageant in 2018.

Lee Motaung can be reached on social media via facebook @ Lee Kele and Tiktok @LeboMotaung.

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