The gorgeous, sassy and vibrant Lerato Kganyago has officially stepped into the role of the host for Project Runway South Africa. Fearlessly high on trend, Lerato is the go-getting former beauty queen, television talk show host, presenter, DJ, entrepreneur and actress who scooped this year’s SAFTA for Best TV Presenter and stole the hearts of everyone at Project Runway SA.

From walking the catwalk to covering fashion and entertainment, Lerato looks back at her career and says Project Runway SA has arrived at the perfect time for her. “It feels as though it’s the perfect time for me to percolate my previous experience and expertise into a brand new vehicle,” she says. “I’m looking forward to instilling that knowledge in the contestants as they embark on this exciting journey and to being part of the trailblazing production that’s giving emerging design talent the time to shine. There is something gratifying about helping uncover the new fashion stars of tomorrow, and giving them the platform to show South Africa what they’re made of!”

As Project Runway SA’s host, Lerato will be leading South African audiences through the adventures, dramas and stories as they unfold onscreen; she’s the one who will be heading Noni Gasa and Rahim Rawjee as the panel of expert judges; and while she’s the one who will be eliminating contestants at the end of each episode, she’s also the one who will be nurturing their talent alongside Project Runway SA’s mentor Gert-Johan Coetzee. “I am going to be encouraging the designers to cut out the noise and to follow their inner voice”, the star adds.

Whether she’s in the boardroom or on stage in power suits, ball gowns, or a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, Kganyago has always seen fashion as a canvas for the people. “We live in a very visual time, and the clothes we choose to wear – and how we put them together – become a billboard of who we really are.”

Ndalo Pictures Founder and CEO Khanyi Dhlomo says, “Lerato is bold, witty, sharp and her uninhibited spontaneity is thoroughly entertaining. She will keep both the contestants and viewers highly engaged.” With Noni Gasa and Rahim Rawjee in the judges’ seats, Gert-Johan Coetzee fully engaged in the mentoring, and the captivating Lerato Kganyago leading it all … the Project Runway SA stage is almost set.

Gear up for Project Runway SA, Season 1, coming to Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161 in July.

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