KOKOnista of The Day: Lerato Kganyago Is The Ambitious Beauty Queen And Soweto’s Magic Baby

Lerato Kganyago is the stunning model, actress, businessperson, socialite, and TV presenter from South Africa that you should be following on social media.

Lerato Kganyago was born and bred in Soweto, Soth Africa and if you look up the word “ambitious” in the dictionary, you will probably  find a picture of Lerato Kganyago. 
The media personality fearlessly chased her dream of becoming a radio and TV presenter. She even conquered the male-dominated club DJ scene, despite being bullied during her early days.


The 37-year-old grew up in Johannesburg’s Soweto township, she attended Ipolokeng Primary School and completed her secondary education at Boksburg High School.  She has stated in previous interviews that she grew up feeling like an ugly duckling.
“Throughout high school, I always thought I was the ugly duckling. I never thought I was pretty, I was tomboyish, and I was quiet and reserved,” she previously revealed.Also Read: KOKOnista of the Day: Bonang Matheba Is The Queen of South African Media And Entertainment Industry

She built up her confidence by entering beauty pageants. The once shy teenager won several pageants including Miss Soweto and Miss Jam Alley.


Growing up, Lerato had dreams of becoming a lawyer or a doctor. She would go on study Public Relations and Travel and Tourism at Damelin College. Before becoming a radio personality, Lerato worked as a flight attendant at Qatar Airways.  She also worked for SA Express.

Winning Miss Soweto in 2005 was one of the biggest turning points in Lerato’s career. The pageant helped her land her first big break on Soweto TV. She attended the channel’s launch with a friend and destiny did the rest.

“When we got there they had a presenter missing because they were going on-air that day. So this white lady from Urban Brew came to me and said, ‘listen we are missing a presenter… I heard you are Miss Soweto, can you do this?’. I had never done television, live television for that matter,” she told MacG on his YouTube series. 
She stayed at Soweto TV for about five years while working as a flight attendant at the same time. Lerato went on to become one of South Africa’s biggest TV presenters, with gigs on popular shows such as The LKG Show, LIVE AMP and The Link. Before joining The Link, Lerato had auditioned for 50 other shows.
Lerato has also worked as an actress. She started her acting career on The Phat Joe Show. She did comedy skits on the show. Since then Lerato has appeared on Muvhango, Play: Sex Tips for Girls and The Wild.
Lerato started her radio career on community station, Jozi FM. The job helped prepare her for commercial success. Lerato secured a slot on Metro FM, one South Africa’s biggest stations. “My DJ career was definitely boosted after joining Metro FM. Everything just fell into place,” she said.
Despite having several jobs in the media industry, Lerato added businesswoman to her many titles. She owns an events management company called Black Angel. Lerato recently launched her won eyelash line, Flutter by LKG.

 
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