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    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Ex-Maranatha boy has his eyes on international title

    The pageant saw one of its most successful years in November 1995
    A keen rugby player, Ashleigh Smith (19), won the South African leg of the international Manhunt contest.

    A former Maranatha Christian School learner has won the SA Manhunt International South Africa title.

    Ashley Smith (19) will represent South Africa at the international finals in China in October. The South African leg of the competition was hosted at the Protea OR Tambo Hotel in June.

    There were 13 finalists from various provinces and five judges.

    In the competition, judges look at the various aspects required to win the international title such as physique, poise, posture, general look and natural beauty. The finalists had to walk in two categories, namely swim and formal wear.

    The contest started off in 1987, when Alex Liu, pageant director of Metromedia Singapore, decided to stage the first male model contest in Singapore. There were numerous pageants for women and nothing for the men. So Liu carefully planned and engineered his first Manhunt contest in Singapore and it became an overnight success.

    The pageant saw one of its most successful years in November 1995 when 35 of the world’s most hunted males came to Sentosa Island, Singapore to compete for the prestigious title. South Africa’s Albe Geldenhuys won that year.

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