Miss Teen Idol World shares winning wisdom

YOUNG QUEEN: Caitlyn Cassels is crowned Miss Teen Junior Idol World 2023 in Thailand. Picture: SUPPLIED

The GO! & Express caught up with Qonce high school pupil Caitlyn Cassels, who was recently crowned Miss Teen Junior Idol World 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The second edition of the pageant was held from January 4-9.

How did you get involved in modelling and pageantry?

I’m not only passionate about becoming a famous photogenic model but I also want to open my own modelling agency one day and give others the opportunities that I have had at my age. I’ve been on the ramp since the age of six and I’ve gained so much confidence in the past few years. And I know I’ll make a success of this.

My earliest memory was when it all started at Just Models when I won the title of Miss Carnival Queen BCM in 2012. Afterwards, I entered a few local  competitions and was crowned Miss Aphrodite and was also crowned Miss KWT and Toddler and Tween. Then my parents decided to enter me for national pageants and that is how it all started.

What are some of your modelling and pageantry achievements you are most proud of?

In 2021, I excelled beyond my expectations and was crowned Miss National Supreme Queen SA 2021. Part of the title of being Miss Supreme Queen SA meant I had to represent SA as the Global International Supreme Queen. I received the second highest score out of more than 100 contestants from age three to 24.

What are some of the challenges you have experienced in the modelling and pageantry industry?

The only challenge is when we request sponsorship or donations.

What advice do you have for other models/teens who aspire to achieve what you have?

My message to all young ladies is to live your dream. You are awesome, continue to inspire others. Believe in yourself, you are braver than you think you are, more talented than you know and capable of more than you can ever imagine. I hope to have been able to make just one girl realise she is brave and can do anything she puts her heart and mind to.

What other goals do you hope to achieve?

My goal is to one day become the next Miss SA and Miss Universe.

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