With a number of modelling jobs under her name and now the recognition as one of the finalists in the Miss South Africa pageant, Liesl Laurie proves that dreams do come true. Not only is she extremely stunning, but she’s smart too and an inspiration to many. I sit down with her for lunch and here is what she has to say.
On her journey so far with Miss South Africa:
My journey has been a beautiful blessing! I have grown into a strong well rounded woman and I have met so many people that had sowed into my life. I cannot believe that we have almost reached the big day, I will definitely miss all the ladies and the fun we have whilst travelling. We’ve become great friends and I trust that we will be a part of each other’s lives for years to come. The Miss SA journey is a great one and I encourage all young ladies to enter.
Besides modeling, what else are you passionate about?
I am passionate about the youth of my community and also SA. I founded an NPO called The Pearl Project that aims to be a beacon of hope club for young girls in and around the Eldorado park area. I hope to sow into their lives and be a blessing to them in every way possible. Being able to help where I can, gives me great joy!
How does it feel to be a role model to many young girls?
It’s a wonderful feeling but also comes with alot of responsibility. I feel truly blessed and honoured that young girls look up to me. I hope I inspire them to reach their goals and to always stay true to who they are. They are our future and they should never forget that they are special and favoured.
What else would people be surprised to know about you?
(Giggles) that I am really 24 years old. People tend to think I’m 19 because of my tiny frame. I guess it will come in handy one day when I’m much older.
Your Social Media usage has increased as of late. What do you enjoy about being online now and which platform do you like best?
I enjoy the fact that I can reach my young ladies on Facebook through inbox messages. I speak to many young girls this way and they know that can ask me anything and I will give them the necessary advice.
It’s also exciting to share my #MissSA2015 journey with my followers and friends, receiving all their lovely feedback and support keeps me going.
6. You’re at a magazine rack and can only pick three titles. Which ones do you choose?
Haha! Cosmopolitan. Woman’s health and the daily newspaper (The Star).
7. You know I love travelling right, so I have to ask you this question. The city you wish to visit and why?
Greece!!! I’ve seen the setting of Greece on many movies and pictures and I would love to one day visit there. The mountains are beautiful and Athens is a city that reminds me of the beauty of love and life!
Catch Liesl Laurie on the final of the Miss South Africa pageant, 29 March at 17:30 on Mnet and Mzansi magic.