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SB COVER STORY: CHERYL WHITNEY SVOSVE

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Who is Cheryl? 

I’m a 19 year old student born in London, UK. I’m an award winning dancer, actress and model.

Which project(s) are you working on?
As I continue with my second year at university, I broadened my horizons by raising awareness for less-privileged children in Africa, working alongside Ndoro Children’s Charities. I have dedicated time and effort into collecting donations such as clothes, books, bags and shoes from family and friends in order to give to orphans in Zimbabwe. This enables them to obtain items that are much needed in their everyday lives.

DSC_1624skHow did you win the beauty pageant? 

Taking part in Miss Pride of Africa UK was exciting and nerve wracking. The word “competition” actually brings fear into my body but it was a fear I had to overcome. We spent 3 months intensively rehearsing for the grand finale. After 6 weeks you could tell the girls who were seriously devoted to the pageant and who wasn’t. It was a bonding experience as exemplary African women allowing us to really get to know our culture and heritage.

The pageant had 7 segments including: Introduction Dance, Introduction Speech, Traditional Dance, Nations Parade, Talent, Swimwear and Evening Wear. I made sure that a stayed focus throughout rehearsals and prepared myself for any surprises that could of occurred on the day. Knowing exactly what is going on, including the running order as well as when the individual contests are going on and coming off is very important. We couldn’t rely upon assistance for every thing meaning we had to take charge of certain serious situations that arose back stage. I was nervous but I was able to hide my nerves by smiling which led me to win Miss Personality. I’m blessed to have won Best Evening Gown and Miss Talent.

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How prepared were you for the pageant?

My career, being a dancer, model and actress didn’t happen over night. I attended The Arts Educational Schools London and The BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology where I studied Dance. Upon graduating from both schools I have worked for some of the biggest celebrities in the game including Sam Smith, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, L.A.X, J Holiday, RunTown, Tinchy Stryder and many more. I have also featured on CBBC, BBC1, BBC Three, Sky 1, KICCTV, and BENTV. I have acted in many theatre shows across London and on Made In Chelsea E4 and Duck Quacks Don’t Echo Sky1. I previously had the opportunity to grace the stage at the Anya Hindmarch show during London Fashion Week.

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What other project(s) are you working on?
I’m not working on another project at the moment because I’ll be traveling to different countries within Africa making a positive impact on children’s lives by giving them donations and buying them sustainable essentials. Doing this alone requires a lot of planning, preparation and funds.
Thank you for your time, Cheryl
Thank you for having me

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Photo Credits

Photography: @tobi_skiiful

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