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Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal’s Megan Morgenrood is once again in the spotlight. This time, for a bold and daring stance in honour of a great cause.
The 18-year-old Newcastillian was previously reported on when she established a name for herself in 2021 after she competed in the Talent Africa Nationals 2021—successfully bringing home five gold medals.
During the Nationals, Megan secured gold in the following categories:
- Casual Modelling
- Formal Modelling
- High Fashion Modelling
- Photogenic Headshot
- Face of Talent Africa
Looking to the present day, Megan has now embarked on a brave campaign that is sure to turn heads in the hopes of spreading the message of breast cancer awareness.
She explained how her initiative began by saying, “Talent Africa had a few campaigns to choose from, and breast cancer awareness really stood out for me, as it is a cause close to my heart.”
This, she pointed out, was because she knew of more than one woman, close to her and her family that had been impacted by breast cancer. Therefore, due to October being breast cancer awareness month, she felt it was the campaign for her.
“I feel that people do not always pay enough attention to breast cancer, and women often feel that they are not classified as women without their breasts. But, it is not one’s breasts that make a woman a woman, it is what is on the inside,” she declared.
Choosing breast cancer awareness as her campaign, Megan explained that she put a lot of thought into how she could spread the message on the subject, eventually deciding on the unique photoshoot.
“I was not nervous, as the photographer made it comfortable for me. As pointed out to me by a friend, the nerves I might have had were nothing compared to what women went through when facing diagnosis. However, there was a moment where I felt, should I be doing this? But I needed to get the message out.”
Enjoying a successful photoshoot, Megan stated that the photos and her campaign will now go before a panel of judges at Talent Africa who will vote to see if the campaign will go any further.
As she now patiently waits for the outcome of the judges’ decision, Megan emphasised that she will also be looking at doing other awareness initiatives, and joining forces with the Newcastle Lions Club. This follows Lize Smith and Wendy Moore from the Lions Club doing the Memel Walk in honour of breast cancer awareness.
In the interim, Megan encouraged Newcastle women to get tested for breast cancer in order to get the necessary treatment before the cancer spread.
“Also, no matter what battles we might go through, we are stronger together and breasts do not define who you are,” she concluded, adding that a special thanks must go out to her photographer, Warren Wade Photography and both Lize Smith and Wendy Moore from Newcastle Lions Club.
Newcastillian News congratulates Megan Morgenrood on showing courage, a true Newcastillian trait!
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