On Saturday, Keegan-Lee “Apple”’ Croy competed against nine other girls at the prestigious contest, where she just missed the top spot.
Keegan turned 10 on Sunday and says she couldn’t have asked for a better gift.
On Monday, she arrived back home in Hanover Park, accompanied by her proud grandmother, Daphne Croy, 51.
“I felt so amazing, like I never felt before, and they sang Happy Birthday for me and gave me a cake,” the excited little beauty queen says.
Marne van der Merwe, 10, was crowned Miss Pre-Teen SA, and first princess was Mika Lakey, 10, who featured in the Daily Voice in January.
Both girls are from Brackenfell.
Mika, her sisters Kayla Lakey, 12, and Dhané Woodland, five, and their cousin Tianka le Roux, seven, are all pageant girls aiming for the “big one”, Miss South Africa, when they grow up.
Keegan-Lee is a pupil of RVP modelling school in Brackenfell and came out tops in 12 pageants last year.
The bubbly meisie with the cute smile has been modelling since the age of five and is in Grade 5 at St Raphael’s Primary School in Athlone.
She took up professional modelling in 2015.
Keegan-Lee is reaching for the stars and says she will be back: “I am going back next year to get the crown.
“It has been my dream since I was three years old to enter the Miss South Africa pageant.
“I would also like to do professional dancing one day."
Ouma Daphne says they will now go to work to prepare for next year’s pageant, on top of Keegan-Lee’s charity work and teaching community kids the tricks of her trade.
“We are so proud of her for achieving second place and when she won she was only nine years old.
“She will be working hard to bring the crown back home next year.
“She’s a child who remains grounded and even congratulated the two other girls who won and wished them well,” she says.