BEAUTY WITH BRAINS

REIGNING Miss Nust 2014 Sibonginkosi Siphethokuhle Ncube dreams to one day proudly wear the Miss Zimbabwe crown after successfully going through a course at Bulawayo’s Fingers Modelling Agency and producing the inaugural Miss Kasi peagant to be held in April this year.

NONLANHLA SIBANDA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

The new pageant, the brainchild of model-cum-actor Jabulani Hove and Ncube, is targeting female models between the ages of 16 and 20. The contest is designed to celebrate young women who come from Bulawayo’s western suburbs.

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“The peagant is my way of giving back to community,” Bongi Ncube.

“The peagant is my way of giving back to community,” Ncube told Woza Weekend.

“I was once involved with the Cancer Association of South Africa and that is when I discovered how much I liked helping other people. I want to groom and expose models to the industry. It gives me joy to help young girls discover their talent.”

Ncube is the last born in a family of three children and the only girl. She was born on October 6 1995 in Bulawayo before moving to South Africa at a very tender age.

She attended Bonaero Park Primary School, situated outside Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

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“Modelling is not something I grew up interested in. I was very shy, but after doing well in my first pageant, I was motivated to pursue the profession.”

At the age of 12, she moved to Nelspruit, a small town in the Mpumalanga province and attended high school at Lowveld High and matriculated there.

Soon after, Ncube enrolled at the University of Limpopo where she studied for a BSc in molecular and life science although her passion was in environmental science.

In 2013, Ncube relocated to Zimbabwe after her mother moved back to Bulawayo.

“After a year of studying at the South African university, I decided to follow my heart and do what I’ve always wanted to do,” she said.

“My mother had returned to Zimbabwe and I was lonely, so I decided to come back home. In the same year, I enrolled for a BSc in environmental science and health at Nust.

“My modelling career had already started at the University of Limpopo. I participated in a modelling contest after my friends had given me a nudge. My first attempt got me crowned first princess.

“Modelling is not something I grew up interested in. I was very shy, but after doing well in my first pageant, I was motivated to pursue the profession.”

Ncube was involved in modelling work in South Africa without any training, but when she relocated to Zimbabwe, she joined Fingers Modelling Agency where she was groomed by Sarah Mpofu Sibanda.

She graduated at Fingers Modelling Agency in 2014, in the same year she was crowned Miss Nust and Miss Professional first princess.
“I went through my modelling course last year,” she said.

“The course prepared me for the Miss Nust and Miss Professional pageants. I am aspiring to be Miss Zimbabwe and I will be auditioning this year. It is my dream to represent my countryone day.”

Ncube exhibited costumes for various Bulawayo designers at Clothing Indaba 2014, Matabeleland Fashion Week 2014, OK Mart (Aranda Blanket show) and participated in the Face of AM Model Management, 2013.

In 2014, she was shortlisted to represent Matabeleland region in the Miss Carnival Pageant, Victoria Falls. Ncube’s biggest supporters are her mother and her cousin.

“My mother has groomed me to be a respectful young lady and has taught me so much from her own life experiences,” she said.

“My friends, community, church and classmates have been very supportive too. Growing up I loved being in the choir from primary to my senior year and I would like to pursue a music career someday.”

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