From tom-boy to cover girl; the story of Glenda

This time last year, Glenda Sanadah would have chosen simple headphones over even an expensive make-up kit.

She was introduced to drumming at the age of 11 and was more of a tom-boy entering her teens.

“I hated make-up and usually call it shit,” she said.

Fast forward to now, she is a girl in love with modelling and drumming.

In fact, she has become the face of PNG’s first ever glamour calendar.

So what happened?

“My mum signed me for a workshop with World Supermodel PNG,” she said with a laugh.

This international franchise was introduced to the country last year and started recruiting models through its agency arm.

Sanadah says she argued with her mum the morning of the workshop but decided to attend anyway.

“My life changed then and I am so grateful to my mum,” she says.

“I never thought it would be interesting. But after the first workshop, I went home excited, eager to know when the next one would be. I wanted to learn more,” Sanadah adds.

The National Director (WS PNG) Philma Kelegai was very encouraging, Sanadah recalls.

The 17 year old auditioned for the World Supermodel PNG pageant and is now a contestant in the teen category.

An extra bonus for her with less than a year modelling career, Sanadah was announced the cover girl for World Supermodel PNG’s glamour calendar, unveiled on March 7.

“I had no idea, I wasn’t expecting it either and I am shocked. But this is an opportunity and I am blessed,” she said.

Coming from a single-parent home, Sanadah is the first in a family of two, her small brother is six years old.

“I will be myself and am keeping it real,” said the lass from Western Province, Oro and Manus.

“To other girls out there, hold onto every opportunity that come your way. Shoulders back, head up and move forward!”

(Pictures: Silversoul Studios)

Gloria Bauai