Leanne scoops multiple medals

Triple treat

12 September 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Leanne Magson; Performing artist; “My mother has been my number one inspiration and I dedicate all my awards to her…”

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Multi-talented Leanne Magson once again scooped numerous medals and titles at the Talent Africa National competition.

This time the model, singer, dancer and actor won 25 gold medals. Her impressive medal haul also includes a silver medal and medals for being under the top ten junior dancer, junior model, Eisteddfod, top five junior photographic model and for best junior dance choreography.

Leanne also pocketed a number of titles, including that of International Face of Talent Africa, triple threat junior winner, Namibia Face of Talent Africa and Public Choice of International Talent Africa.

These numerous accolades ensured her qualification for the Talent America competition.

“Sadly, due to Covid, this competition will be done via video submission. We are currently waiting for further information on this. Leanne also qualified to take part in Talent America 2021 competition,” says her modelling coach, Hayley Schafer.

Qualification process

Leanne qualified and excelled at the Namibian Talent Africa Regional competition which took place in Windhoek in November 2019. This ensured her entry into the Talent Africa National competition.

At the regional competition, she managed to pocket 19 gold and three silver medals.

Schafer said that the most recent competition was scheduled for June in South Africa. However, due to the pandemic, this competition was amended and all performances were entered as video submissions.

This proved to be an extra challenge as coaching, practicing and making of videos had to take place within the lockdown regulations.

Leanne took part in the categories of acting, dancing, and modelling.
“For her dancing, she competed in the lyrical and hip hop categories; for acting in the commercial, dramatic, comedy and prepared reading categories; and for modelling, she competed in casual, high fashion, sporty, formal and Avante Garde categories. In total she had to submit 15 videos.”

Looking ahead

“After some consideration, we decided that it is best for her to give the International Fine Arts Association South Africa (IFAA) a skip this year. Leanne’s mother passed away recently and with the return of face-to-face schooling, this competition was upon us a little too quickly,” Schafer said.

However, multi-talented Leanne will take part in the Namibia Association of Talent, Modelling and Entertainment (NATME) competition, organised the Namibia Championships of Performing Arts. Here she will be joined by Keira Schafer, Karli White and Jenica Joubert.

Motivation

Leanne says that the reason she continues to develop and learn new skills is because she enjoys challenges.

“I like working hard to achieve something I want, and in the end, being proud of what I’ve accomplished. I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon, but will rather continue pushing myself forward and to motivate others to be the best they can be.”

She is both honoured and proud to carry the titles bestowed upon her and dedicated all her awards to her late mother.

“I encourage all my peers to participate in the Talent Africa competition. My mother was my number one supporter, and my number one inspiration. I could not have done anything without her”

Pleasure and privilege

Schafer said that Leanne is pleasure to work with and she is privileged to have her as a student.

“She joined my modelling school, Keli Kids School of Modelling and Social Graces, in October 2018 when we started preparing for the World Championships of Performing Arts competition which took place in Los Angeles in 2019.”

According to Schafer, Leanne crept deep into her heart and she is extremely proud of not only her phenomenal achievements, but also of how grounded and down to earth she is.
“It is wonderful to have been able to have met her as a girl and to be able to be part of her journey. I am proud to have the opportunity to watch her grow into the amazing young woman she is.”

Way back

Leanne started performing as a toddler and has not stopped since. She started dancing and singing at the age of 3 and was introduced into modelling at age 6.

“Then I began competing in both national and international competitions that have taken me all around the world.”

She only recently started acting (early 2019) after being encouraged to do so by her mother and it has proven beyond a doubt that she is talented in that field too.

The first time she ventured overseas was for the 2016 IFFA competition in Barcelona, Spain. She also competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in July last year.

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