Chit Chat: Bokang Montjane

2010-12-17 12:52

Congrats on winning the title. You were a firm favourite from the get-go. Were you confident about winning?
From the beginning I realised how tough this competition was going to be, so it never crossed my mind that I would actually take the crown. I just knew I needed to work hard and that I had to be myself if I wanted to win.

Congrats on winning the title. You were a firm favourite from the get-go. Were you confident about winning?
From the beginning I realised how tough this competition was going to be, so it never crossed my mind that I would actually take the crown. I just knew I needed to work hard and that I had to be myself if I wanted to win.

Why do you think you were such a crowd favourite?

I think it’s probably my personality. From the minute I walked on to the stage, I knew I needed to make my presence felt. When we were given the opportunity to ­introduce ourselves, I think I may have won the crowd over.

Why do you think we still stage beauty pageants?
I think they are relevant because they empower women. They afford women the opportunity to make a real impact. Somehow, some way, Miss South Africa has an effect, even if it’s in a small way.

Who do you think was your biggest competition in the pageant?
All 11 girls were my competition. There were 12 girls chosen from 7?000 participants and even on the final night the contestants weren’t sure what the judges were looking for. Each girl brought their own special element to the pageant.

What’s the biggest misconception about such competitions?
That people think it’s to parade girls or to degrade women. Contestants enter because they want to. I don’t see how women are ­“paraded” when they are simply using the platform to grab the wonderful opportunities on offer.


What will happen to your modelling and confidence school that you run in Johannesburg?

I have two people helping me run the business and it was part of the reason I didn’t want to go into the corporate world once I graduated (in public relations and communications). I will not stop running it during my reign.

When did you want to become Miss South Africa?
I entered last year, but when I reached the finals I had to choose between giving up my studies and continuing in the pageant. I also knew it wasn’t my time, so I decided I would try again this year.

Is there a Miss South Africa who you’ve always looked up to?

I would have to say Bassie ­(Basetsana Kumalo). She turned her reign into a true success. She is a businesswoman and used the pageant to really do something.

How do you intend to leave a ­lasting legacy?
I want to uplift young women and children, and give them self­esteem and confidence to achieve their goals.
I think it’s probably my personality. From the minute I walked on to the stage, I knew I needed to make my presence felt. When we were given the opportunity to ­introduce ourselves, I think I may have won the crowd over.

Why do you think we still stage beauty pageants?
I think they are relevant because they empower women. They afford women the opportunity to make a real impact. Somehow, some way, Miss South Africa has an effect, even if it’s in a small way.

Who do you think was your biggest competition in the pageant?
All 11 girls were my competition. There were 12 girls chosen from 7?000 participants and even on the final night the contestants weren’t sure what the judges were looking for. Each girl brought their own special element to the pageant.

What’s the biggest misconception about such competitions?
That people think it’s to parade girls or to degrade women. Contestants enter because they want to. I don’t see how women are ­“paraded” when they are simply using the platform to grab the wonderful opportunities on offer.

What will happen to your modelling and confidence school that you run in Johannesburg?
I have two people helping me run the business and it was part of the reason I didn’t want to go into the corporate world once I graduated (in public relations and communications). I will not stop running it during my reign.

When did you want to become Miss South Africa?

I entered last year, but when I reached the finals I had to choose between giving up my studies and continuing in the pageant. I also knew it wasn’t my time, so I decided I would try again this year.

Is there a Miss South Africa who you’ve always looked up to?
I would have to say Bassie ­(Basetsana Kumalo). She turned her reign into a true success. She is a businesswoman and used the pageant to really do something.


How do you intend to leave a ­lasting legacy?

I want to uplift young women and children, and give them self­esteem and confidence to achieve their goals.


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