HEAL­ING BEAUTY

A car­ing and con­fi­dent Miss SA 2018, Ta­maryn Green shares her in­ter­ests, her fu­ture plans and what win­ning the pageant means to her

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What’s the best part of win­ning the ti­tle?

Dis­cov­er­ing what I can ac­com­plish with it. I’m also ex­cited about meet­ing new peo­ple and trav­el­ling.

As a med­i­cal stu­dent, how are you plan­ning to use your knowl­edge to help oth­ers?

I plan to in­cor­po­rate my med­i­cal knowl­edge into the cam­paign/pro­ject I’ll ini­ti­ate. Medicine has helped me iden­tify many of the health needs in our coun­try. I’d love to fo­cus on that. Se­condly, when I grad­u­ate, I’ll be of ser­vice as a doc­tor.

What in­spired you to study medicine?

My dad al­ways wanted to be a doc­tor, but due to SA’s apartheid past, he was un­able to. As a young girl, that was what drove me to study medicine: I wanted to achieve what my dad was robbed of.

As an in­flu­encer, how are you plan­ning to in­spire women in SA to over­come chal­lenges?

By telling my story and show­ing the world that I overcame my own chal­lenges to get to where I am to­day. And, im­por­tantly, by be­ing re­lat­able.

How will you bal­ance your Miss SA du­ties with your stud­ies?

I’m putting my stud­ies on hold for my year-long reign as Miss SA 2018. I’ll re­sume them af­ter it’s over.

Tell us about your pas­sion for help­ing oth­ers.

It started when I was a young girl. I al­ways as­sumed the role of helper/mother fig­ure among my friends. I en­joyed mak­ing sure ev­ery­body was OK. That’s an­other rea­son I knew medicine was the per­fect ca­reer for me.

What does win­ning the pageant mean to you?

It’s a bless­ing from God and an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence.

“AS MISS SA, I WANT TO SHOW YOUNG WOMEN THAT IT’S POS­SI­BLE TO OVER­COME CHAL­LENGES AND ACHIEVE YOUR AM­BI­TIONS.”

What are your main in­ter­ests?

Both men­tal and phys­i­cal health. As a med­i­cal stu­dent, I’m pas­sion­ate about well­ness. I used to par­tic­i­pate in many sports, which is a great way of keep­ing healthy. Cur­rently, I en­joy hik­ing and go­ing to gym. I also like so­cial­is­ing and do­ing com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary work.

What are your projects for your year as Miss SA?

There are two I want to launch, fo­cus­ing on health and ed­u­ca­tion in our coun­try. In ad­di­tion, I plan to train hard and rep­re­sent our coun­try at Miss Uni­verse to the best of my abil­ity. The Miss SA or­gan­i­sa­tion also has a num­ber of projects and events that re­quire my par­tic­i­pa­tion.

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