Kelegai sat with Loop PNG entertainment to talk about the progress of this first of its kind pageant in the country.
With the support of other like-minded people, Kelegai is grooming 13 young women in PNG to compete for the titles World Super Model PNG adult and teen respectively.
Two winners will be representing PNG to Macau, China, for the World Supermodel pageant.
“It’s gone well so far. It’s been a struggle because it’s the first but like everything, when you want to start, it’s slow and will be difficult but it will build on itself because there’s so much interest.
“There’s nothing done like this before so it’s important to get like-minded people who share the same vision, make the girls feel comfortable because they’re actually breaking barriers and doing something new that’s never done before in PNG,” she said.
Its first official event – the Spring Runway in October 2016 was a good opener, according to Kelegai.
Following the launch of the crowns in the coming week, she says the competition phase will begin.
Local representatives will be crowned in May 6 and travel to Macau for the international pageant which runs from May 22 – 26.
“So the competition in China is not just the pageant – they actually participate in International fashion week in China – which means walk the runway for international designers there.
“World Supermodel PNG is growing so I’m really excited,” she said.