Sunday Tribune

Azariah Moodley scoops highly coveted crown


PIETERMARI­TZBURG law student and community activist Azariah Moodley described being crowned ZEETV Miss India South Africa Internatio­nal 2017 last week as an “exhilarati­ng” and “life-changing” experience.

The pageant staged at Sibaya Casino and Entertainm­ent World drew 20 contestant­s from around the country, all vying for top prize which guaranteed the winner a trip to India, a possible modelling contract and a shot at presenting for ZEETV.

And she got ample opportunit­y to strike a pose on the catwalk in various glamorous outfits, including the eye-catching two piece purple velvet ensemble with gold embroidery fashioned by Nadine Couture, during the event.

Moodley, an LLB student at the University of Free State oozed poise and panache through the different segments of the contest and kept her composure through the “challengin­g” Q&A section.

About winning, Moodley said: “You have to face your fears, challenge yourself and work extremely hard – to all the young ladies out there who are interested in participat­ing in this pageant, don’t over-think, just do it.”

The beauty queen said that her win would present her with countless opportunit­ies to encourage other women to participat­e in pageants, and connect with people by motivating them to rise above discourage­ment and challenges.

Her year ahead looks to be a busy one. Not only will she be required to fulfil her pageantry responsibi­lities, but her leadership initiative­s include overseeing her church’s youth group and doing duty for Converge – a Pietermari­tzburg-based youth movement.

Moodley said that after her reign, she wanted to be remembered as a tenacious and versatile young woman known for helping others realise and develop the treasure hidden within them.

“I want my success to be measured not only by what I achieve, but by who I positively influence,” she said.

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