Now for Miss Uni­verse

Miss SA talks about her plans and next month’s world pageant

The Sunday Independent - - WORLD - AMANDA MALIBA

FASH­ION house Soviet has given Miss South Africa the op­por­tu­nity to make her mark with her own denim range as part of the most cov­eted goodie bag.

Thurs­day was D-Day to re­veal what reign­ing queen Ta­maryn Green has been work­ing on, and show­case it on the ramp.

An in­ti­mate gath­er­ing of friends and fam­ily was treated to the big fash­ion range re­veal. The MC was the first Soviet SA am­bas­sador, singer and ac­tor NaakMusiq at its head­quar­ters in Midrand, north of Joburg.

Among the things Green is work­ing on, along­side her #break­thes­tigma cam­paign, is lay­ing the ground­work for her shot at the sought-af­ter Miss Uni­verse ti­tle in Novem­ber. The Sun­day In­de­pen­dent caught up with her on the side­lines of the denim launch on her prepa­ra­tions for the pageant.

How are you feel­ing about the up­com­ing pageant?

I am very ex­cited. I leave for Thai­land at the end of Novem­ber. They haven’t given an ex­act date but we nor­mally spend three weeks for the com­pe­ti­tion. My prepa­ra­tions in­clude phys­i­cal train­ing, men­tal train­ing and pub­lic ap­pear­ances, like this one.

Pub­lic speak­ing and in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple have a lot to do with be­ing Miss Uni­verse.

One also needs to keep up with gen­eral knowl­edge, know about the world, and style. Look­ing at all these re­quire­ments, I am well on my way.

What will you take with you go­ing into the com­pe­ti­tion abroad?

The mu­sic and the danc­ing. I be­lieve South Africans love danc­ing and re­ally love their mu­sic. We are all so dif­fer­ent and have dif­fer­ent mu­sic tastes, but all that brings us to­gether.

I will also have my head­phones with me so when­ever I feel home­sick or feel the pres­sure, I will play that one song to pick me up.

How im­por­tant is the Miss Uni­verse pageant to you?

It is very im­por­tant. I have been given this once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent my coun­try, where I will meet so many dif­fer­ent con­tes­tants from dif­fer­ent places.

I want to show them what South Africa is all about. I will need to do my best be­cause peo­ple are look­ing at me to do my best.

What do you ad­vo­cate for?

I re­cently started my cam­paign #break­thes­tigma to help end tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB). I am a TB sur­vivor, but through that cam­paign I want to en­cour­age every­one who is deal­ing with their own stig­mas to stand up and not let those get to them. We all face some kind of stigma.

Just be­ing a woman, there are stig­mas at­tached to that, what­ever race you are you find its own stigma. Stig­mas are not nec­es­sar­ily in the much big­ger is­sues only but can be found in the small­est of things. That is what I want to ad­vo­cate for.

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