COVER STORY 1:

Thulisa keyi will be rep­re­sent­ing SA at the Miss World pageant in china this year.

Empowered Youth Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Happy Rikhotso

Con­fi­dence is what makes a girl beau­ti­ful. Feel the way you want to be seen and wear your self-re­liance. Thulisa keyi is one of the 12 beau­ti­ful young South Africans who took part in one of the ma­jor pageants in the globe, Miss South Africa and she made it to the top two with the as­tound­ing Ta­maryn Green, who was crowned Miss South Africa 2018 on the 27th of May 2018. On the same evening of al­lure at Sun In­ter­na­tional’s venue, Sun Arena in Pre­to­ria, Thulisa was crowned Miss World South Africa dur­ing the cer­e­mony. The Mdantsane-born will be rep­re­sent­ing South Africa at the Miss World pageant later this year. With her ab­sorb­ing per­son­al­ity, Keyi gives us a glimpse into her life and Miss SA jour­ney.

BE­HIND THE TI­TLE:

Thulisa Keyi is a fi­nal year Char­tered Ac­coun­tant trainee (grad­u­ated with Bcomm and Hon­ours in ac­count­ing, both from the Univer­sity of Cape Town) and has suc­cess­fully com­pleted her thirty-one months of train­ing with one of the big four au­dit firms in the world. Com­ing from a de­voted fam­ily and is one of the four chil­dren to her par­ents. When she was young, she used to do karate and can still count from 1 to 10 in Ja­panese. “I was a nor­mal child, loved to play and be­ing with my friends. My friends did karate and took me with to one of the classes so that’s how it came about, but I re­ally en­joyed it,” she says. At 17, her fa­ther was mur­dered and Thulisa’s mother has been her pil­lar of strength since then. “It has made me stronger. My dreams keep me go­ing and the pos­si­bil­ity of achiev­ing ev­ery sin­gle one of them en­er­gizes me,” she says. Thulisa loves read­ing, go­ing to the gym and ex­plor­ing new res­tau­rants. Asked about what she is cur­rently read­ing, Thulisa says; “I am cur­rently read­ing the Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, but my favourite book is David and Go­liath by Mal­colm Glad­well.” Liv­ing her life like any other young woman, Keyi also loves spend­ing time with her loved ones. With one of her favourite quotes from J.F. Kennedy: “Ef­forts and courage are not enough with­out pur­pose and di­rec­tion,” Keyi tells Em­pow­ered Youth that the quote mo­ti­vates her to fol­low her pur­pose.

EM­BRAC­ING HER­SELF AND MISS SA PAGEANT:

En­ter­ing Miss South Africa 2018 with the hope to em­power, it was her first time en­ter­ing a beauty pageant, though she has been a pro­fes­sional model for a while. “I wanted to add So­ci­etal value and have a plat­form where I could in­spire the youth and women and be a role model. I be­lieved in my­self, so that gave me courage to en­ter,” she says. From the first day of be­ing part of the pageant, Thulisa keeps in her heart the high­light of cheer­ing happy to see her­self walk­ing on that stage of glam. It was each and ev­ery con­tes­tant to walk away with a crown and Thulisa was one of the cho­sen win­ners. “See­ing my fam­ily on the side of the stage while walk­ing down the stage, cheer­ing and be­ing ab­so­lutely happy to see me walk down that stage. That gave me so much joy,” she says. The evening was full of joy for both Thulisa and her fam­ily. “It was amaz­ing and I am ex­cited to rep­re­sent South Africa at Miss World. My life changed as I have to in­cor­po­rate Miss World re­spon­si­bil­i­ties into my daily sched­ule while con­tin­u­ing to work. It is an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time very dif­fer­ent from be­ing an ac­coun­tant, but I would not trade it for any­thing,” she adds. Thulisa will be rep­re­sent­ing South Africa at the Miss World pageant on the 8th of De­cem­ber in Sanya, China.

ADVICE FROM MISS WORLD SA:

Asked about any kind of pageant she would come up with, Thulisa tells Em­pow­ered Youth that it would be any­thing fo­cus­ing on in­ner beauty. Her advice to the as­pir­ing mod­els and qual­i­ties one needs to be crowned Miss South Africa: Keep go­ing, when things work out, you will be glad that you did not give up. Be your­self, and let the judges know who you are, what you would like to achieve and how you are best fit­ted for the role. But you have to be hard­work­ing, gen­uine, in­spi­ra­tional and kind amongst other qual­i­ties.”

Thulisa Keyi is tremen­dously happy that she will be rep­re­sent­ing South Africa at the Miss World pageant in Sanya, China on the 8th of De­cem­ber 2018.

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