Little Princess of the World, with a Big Midlands Heart
Little Princess of the World, with a Big Midlands Heart.
On the 14th of May 2016, in Turkey, petite olive-skinned Deante Swart of Greytown in the KZN Midlands, was crowned Little Miss World 2016, with the added accolade of the Photo Model of the World 2016.
At age 9, this is a staggering achievement so it was with great curiosity that The Meander Chronicle met up with the multiple title holder at Sagewood Cafe recently.
According to teacher Mum, Nan Swart, it’s been a brief rollercoaster ride to the Little Miss World title. “We entered Deante quite by chance … and not without some reservations. Pageants SA however is very protective of contestants, particularly those aged under-12 and they are governed by a long list of rules. For instance – no make-up for under 12’s” she said with some relief.
Deante, who models for Trelique Models in ??? was also awarded Honorary Member of the World League of Beauty and Fashion. This is the first time in 25 years that a child as young as 9 has received this award! Contestants ranged in age from 5 to 26 years old.
Young Deante’s meteoric rise in the Pageant industry started in 2015 with the 2015 titles of Little Princess of the World, Best of the Best and TV star of the world.
With this CV in mind, a shared hot chocolate, a stroll round the Blackwood Nursery garden looking for a suitable photo spot and a rather typical 9-year old giggle and conversation confirmed that Deante is indeed a special little (and she is very little) Midlands girl. There is no doubt that her very grounded parents (her father, Dederik Swart is Headmaster at Wembley College, and her mother Nan is Gr 4 teacher at Wenbley College) have kept her feet on the ground, but her dreams have been allowed to soar.
She loves school, X-Country is fun, she wouldn’t like to live anywhere other than where her kitten is, she doesn’t mind eating broccoli … and she loves walking the ramp “but I DONT do that blowing kisses” she says emphatically!
Congratulations Deante Swart – you have made your parents proud, Greytown proud and South Africa proud. Keep that humble spirit intact, and we have no doubt that if you can dream this big at age 9, you will be Lady President in your future. (and yes – we haven’t forgotten that we have a date at The Royal Show this year! See you there.)