Out­go­ing Mrs South Africa en­joyed her reign

Plat­form was a chance to give back on big­ger scale

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - MPILETSO MOTUMI mpiletso.motumi@inl.co.za

ANEW Mrs South Africa will be crowned on Fri­day and the reign­ing queen, Hlengiwe Twala, wants the fi­nal­ists to know one thing…

“Their sto­ries are go­ing to change lives, with a pos­i­tive rip­ple-ef­fect on even more women.”

The tall beauty and mother of three girls, said her year was filled with growth.

“It has been so nice to hear from peo­ple that they loved my reign and that it had a pos­i­tive im­pact on them. To know that blesses me even more.”

Twala said the plat­form gave her the chance to give back on a big­ger scale, and most im­por­tantly, to em­power her daugh­ters.

“They got to see their mom shine and it’s a tes­ta­ment to them to never stop dream­ing, be­cause it re­ally pays off. It’s been a good ex­am­ple to show them that their dreams are valid.”

She said al­though her amaz­ing jour­ney was com­ing to an end, she was ready to hand over the crown. She wanted to spend more time with her el­dest daugh­ter, who starts univer­sity next year.

“I’m ready to take on my mom du­ties again and be there for her as she starts this new chap­ter in her life.”

For the 22 hope­fuls, Twala said: “Con­tinue to be your­self. Your story res­onates with other women. Keep shin­ing, you never know when some­one will need that light in their life.”

She said the cal­i­bre of fi­nal­ists was on an­other level and be­lieved that each woman would be able to bring about change in so­ci­ety. “It starts with you and this group owns that. The new queen must know she has my sup­port all the way.”

Twala has now set her sights on her ca­reer as an en­tre­pre­neur and stepped into her new role as the new di­rec­tor of the SA Beauty Pageants As­so­ci­a­tion.

“We are go­ing to have a pos­i­tive im­pact and re­de­fine beauty… We want peo­ple to know that beauty is on the in­side, not the out­side.”

For the first time, the Mrs South Africa fi­nale will be tele­vised. It will be hosted by for­mer Miss SA Jo-Ann Strauss and multi-award­win­ning mu­si­cian, Loy­iso Bala.

The SABC 3 Mrs SA Viewer Choice Award win­ner will also be an­nounced at the fi­nale. The viewer’s choice is a pub­lic vote for the con­tes­tant who will be crowned on the night as voted by the SABC 3 au­di­ences.

PIC­TURE: BREN­DAN CROFT

FI­NAL­ISTS: The Mrs South Africa fi­nale takes place on Fri­day at Em­per­ors Palace.

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