Her golden locks might give rise to cliches about blondes, but Danielle Smith is anything but dumb. The first year BSC student at the University of Pretoria spoke to the Sowetan as she prepares to take part in the international Miss T.E.E.N. pageant, currently being held in Houston, Texas.
“I am not just a pretty face. I make time for my studies like any other student. The title has not changed me much when it comes to my studies really,” she told the news site. “This title, the sash and the crown actually mean much more than the glitz and glam, it comes with a lot of responsibilities. The moment they hand the sash to you, it's as though they are saying; go and fix SA’s problems which you think are important. Basically you instantly become an absorber."
The pageant focuses on finding humanitarian representatives from various countries. But beauty also counts and Smith, who has never been a model, got her start early when at age 12 she was crowned first princess for Little Miss SA.
“I have been motivated since then to go on and on at pageants, I dreamt of this day since I was eight or nine”.