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TWO siblings landed at OR Tambo International Airport yesterday after scooping international modelling awards in Bulgaria.
Lungile and Luyanda Mabena, of Ekangala in Mpumalanga, were welcomed home by ecstatic parents, friends and schoolmates.
Lungile, 13, a Grade 8 pupil at Edendale Independent School, was the overall winner for Africa and the catwalk at the Best Child Model of the World contest.
Wearing her sash and carrying a trophy and bouquet, Lungile said: "I feel excited and overwhelmed, I still cannot believe it."
She said at first she was scared on stage but remembered what her trainer had taught her.
Lungile said she would like to enter the competition again next year so that she can become the overall winner.
Miss SA Teen
"I will also ask my parents and trainer if I can enter Miss South Africa Teen because I know I will win it," she said.
Her brother Luyanda, 6, a Grade R pupil at the same school, was crowned Mr Personality 2009. He was over the moon about his victory. Lungile and Luyanda, who won R12000 and R7000 respectively, said they would give the money to their parents.
Their father, Pastor Lucas Mabena, said he was proud of his children. "Their faces will be splashed in newspapers, and I hope this will encourage sponsors to support them," he said.
He said he had to take a loan of R45000 for his children to realise their dream of competing internationally. "I had to take the loan because if they did not go they would have been heartbroken and discouraged to participate in anything."
Mabena said Lungile started modelling in 2005 when she won a school competition, and Luyanda was discovered by chance when accompanying his sister to a modelling class.
The two are contracted to a Namibian modelling agency.