Brains over beauty for PMB trio

2011-11-12 00:00

IF you still believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder then please avoid looking at reigning Miss Umgungundlovu Zama Dlamini. The 17-year-old beauty and her first and second princesses, Sanelisiwe Sibiya and Noluthando Khumalo, will be representing Pietermaritzburg at Miss SALGA-KZN 2011 at Durban’s Barnyard Theatre on December 10.

The trio have little doubt they will do well at the pageant and prove that beauty and brains make a great combination.

“Winning this title is not only about beauty, it means that I am representing the district and my city. Young girls look up to me so I have to ensure that I am a good role model. And that is a lot of responsibility. However, I think I am handling it well,” said Dlamini.

Behind the heels and make-up are three young high school girls. Dlamini is an ambitious grade 11 pupil at Nomaswazi High School who wants more out of life then being a model.

“It was my first time entering a pageant, but I have always loved modelling. Whenever we would watch beauty pageants like Miss World or Miss South Africa, I would tell my friends that is where I want to be. I love modelling, but it is not what I want to do for the rest of my life as I plan to study forensic pathology when I finish school,” she said.

The other beauties, Sibiya and Khumalo concur with Dlamini by stating that school comes first and always will.

“Juggling school and modelling can be really hard, but we are focused because we know what we want out of life. Education is very important to us and our family and we are not going to forget that,” adds Sibiya while second princess Khumalo nods her head.

“It is easy to get caught up in the hype and excitement of preparing for Miss SALGA, but we have to get our priorities straight. It is exam time now and when we get home we put our heads in our books and prepare for our future,” said Khumalo.

While the girls admit that walking down the ramp and having all eyes on them is not an easy business, representing their city makes the nerve-wrecking task worth it.

“We want people to know that Pietermaritzburg is their city of choice. We are planning on getting involved in various community projects and being good ambassadors for uMsunduzi,” ended Dlamini.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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