Durban man in top 12 of Mr SA 2013

2013-07-09 00:00

WHILE in high school, Amro Gabriels became intrigued with the Mr South Africa competition when the deputy head boy of his school ­entered it.

Years later, the Durban man is one of the top 12 finalists for Mr South ­Africa 2013. He is one of two finalists from KZN and the only one who was raised here.

On making it into the top 12, Gabriels said: “It feels incredible knowing that the dedication from my family, friends, supporters and myself has resulted in us achieving our goal. [Winning Mr South Africa] would completely change my life, as there is no better feeling in the world than knowing that my achievements and what I stand for has inspired a generation, and has made a first-hand positive impact in the lives of others.”

Proudly representing KZN in this national competition, he told The Witness: “I believe this is a milestone for our province, which is the [most populous] in SA, but yet is sometimes overlooked in the modelling and entertainment industry …

“It’s therefore essential for me as a KZN finalist to give it my absolute best in this competition, and hopefully by doing that I am able to inspire all the young, raw talent that is to be found in this beautiful province, and put it on the map.”

Mr South Africa is not all about looks; while a great set of abs is an asset, the competition aims to find well-rounded men who best embody the values and qualities of the ­competition.

“Mr South Africa is not just your ­average beauty pageant, as the finalists are not chosen based on their looks alone as most would expect.

“In addition to looks, he also has to re­present and uphold the essential values on which the Mr South Africa brand is based, which include excellence, integrity, adventure, professionalism, competence, as well as compassion.” he said.

To any young men aspiring to enter the competition, Gabriels has the following advice: “I would advise anyone who wants to enter, to do their research on what this competition is about, and what it looks for in a winner, and try to envision the values that the Mr South Africa brand promotes in their daily lives.

“By focusing on physical and mental self-improvement before entering the competition, a contestant would have a much better chance of becoming a finalist.”

• annzra.naidoo@witness.co.za

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