Miss South Africa is more than a mere beauty pageant; where beautiful women model in front of thousands of people. It is a leadership platform for ambitious young South African women.
Through the pageantry process, the contestants receive world-renowned coaching, as well as advanced networking, business, and life skills. Furthermore, the contestants are shaped into brand ambassadors for South Africa.
They become champions of women’s rights, developing into leaders who inspire other young women to reach their potential.
With the pageant consisting of women who radiate beauty and independence, contestants are women who truly stand out in the crowd.
With entries now being open for the renowned pageant, South Africa’s most stunning women are currently entering their applications. Each determined to see if they have what it takes to be the next Miss South Africa.
One such woman is Ntokozo Mzimkhulu, a 23-year-old woman who hails from Madadeni Section 5.
Currently doing her third year in Diagnostic Radiography at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, Ntokozo is the very image of true beauty.
Why did Ntokozo enter Miss South Africa?
Ntokozo explains that she entered Miss SA for several reasons, the main reason being, to build herself as a brand.
“It is a leadership platform that builds women from different backgrounds and empowers them to reach for their dreams. Miss SA redefines pageantry and beauty.”
Secondly, Ntokozo explains that she wants to reach as many lives as possible, especially in her hometown.
“I believe Miss SA is the fitting platform for my voice to be heard. I want to unleash the full potential the youth has through modelling, recreational and educational activities,” she says.
Furthermore, Ntokozo says one of the main things she wants to achieve throughout the pageant is personal growth.
“As I mentioned, Miss SA is not just a pageant, it’s an organisation of multi-faceted women. So, I’m hoping by stepping out of my comfort zone, I’ll get to know all my strengths and weaknesses from a different dimension. Also, the platform comes with networking opportunities, so it would be much easier to make friends who will become partners or sponsors in the near future should I establish a pageant or any other initiative for my community.”
What would Ntokozo do if she won the pageant?
“Should I become Miss SA, I would invest heavily in schools that lack learning resources and other facilities. I want to create exhibitions where the youth would be career-guided and be given an insight of what happens in other world and how they can adapt.”
While being a firm believer of education, Ntokozo says she will also have initiatives which supports girls who are victims of abuse.
“I’ve been there, and I know what it’s like to not know who to consult and the aftermath of abuse is low self-esteem and that’s what I want to tackle,” she emphasises.
As she sets her sights on entering Miss SA, why does she feel the national pageant is so important?
“Miss SA is important, because not only does it build role models for young girls and women, but it also inspires them believe in the power of their dreams. It gives us young women an opportunity to grow in every life aspect and thrive for excellence.”
As she strives to make an impact on others and her community through Miss SA, who is Ntokozo’s role model?
“It has to be Zozibini Tunzi and Bonang Matheba. Zozibini redefined pageantry and beauty and I believe we have so much in common. Bonang Matheba is the epitome of women empowerment. She ran and is still running after her dreams unapologetically and all that’s all I am about.”
With the applications for Miss South Africa ending in three days, the Newcastillian and Pixelfish Marketing wishes Ntokozo all the best.