Hudson Park High School pupil Lilitha Kunene,16, has been selected to represent South Africa at the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention in New York in July. “I entered because I had been following some of the people that had attended it. I
saw how much exposure they got, what the industry would be like and how big an opportunity this would be for me.
“It has been an amazing journey thus far and sharing the stage with singing sensation Blaze Johnson was such a rush,” she said.
Kunene said she has been singing for ten years, and had recently started acting. “My inspiration in the acting industry is Zendaya Coleman. I started watching her on the Disney Channel and I love how much she has grown into this great actress and just how passionate she is about her
“My inspiration in the music industry is Jennifer Hudson. She is my absolute favourite singer of all time and she is also a great coach on The Voice.”
Kunene said her family was helping her with raising funds.
“My parents are getting donations from colleagues and we are still looking for sponsors
but I definitely plan on going to New York,” she said.
She recently attended a bootcamp hosted by 33 and Me Talent Agency to prepare her
and her fellow competitors for the IATS.
“I wouldn’t want to be going through this process with any other agency. They make you feel so welcome and at home, but it‘s also a lot of hard work. “The one thing that they taught me which I will always stand by, is that nothing in life that’s worth it is ever going to be easy,” she said.