POLOKWANE – The 15-year-old from Mankweng is a rising star in the modelling industry.
“My body shape is well-suited to modelling so I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a model by entering as many modelling competitions around my hometown as possible.”
This talented young beauty said she has always been an admirer of the professional models she saw on TV and in magazines.
“My mom is a doctor and isn’t a big fan of my aspirations to become a model, she would rather see me pursuing a career as a doctor as well and forget about modelling. I know she wants what’s best for me in terms of my career and my future but I think I would rather pursue a career in the media industry after school instead of medicine as I enjoy it most.”
Mercy is in Gr 10 and attends Mountainview Senior Secondary School in Mankweng and aspires to further her studies at the University of Johannesburg.
“Being selected as one of the top five finalists in the Miss Chekmade Limpopo pageant I plan to change the lives of the youth in my community, while a t the same time pursuing a career as a model. People don’t support each other that much in our community and I feel we must all live by the saying ‘Motho ke motho ka batho’ which means a person is a person through or with people. We all need each other so we can share advice and support one another. Our community has a high rate of teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and unemployment and I plan to use this opportunity as one of the top five finalists to try and change that. I feel many lives will be saved if government could create employment opportunities for our youth. As a finalist, I also plan to have regular talks with my peers about all the challenges we currently face,” she said.
Mercy added she plans to open a community centre in Mankweng where the youth can all sit down and talk about the challenges they face and find ways to solve them. She and her friends hosted a charity event in September at Hwiti High School where they donated food to the less fortunate children in Mankweng.
“The charity project was a success and my friends, Christina Mogale and Bridget Mahlatji, helped me to make a difference.”
Mercy began modelling professionally this year when she found out about the Miss Chekmade Limpopo pageant through her mentor and Miss Chekmade Limpopo 2016/17, Boikano Sewele.
“I want to encourage and motivate my peers that when you love something, go for it and don’t let anything or anyone discourage you to do what you love. With this approach you will go far. Chase your dreams and work to the extreme, don’t make excuses, make improvements.”