Now for Miss World

2011-10-15 00:00

MISS South Africa 2010, Bokang Montjane (24), is heading to London to take part in the 60th Miss World contest, her last pageant as Miss South Africa before she hands over her crown in December.

The beauty queen, who hails from the village of Gamphahlele in Polokwane, has just returned from Brazil where she competed in the Miss Universe contest.

“I’m more excited about Miss World, calm and at peace. This is my last pageant as Miss South Africa and I’m going to give it my best,” said Montjane.

She admitted to Weekend Witness that international pageants are “not a walk in the park”, but promised to represent the country well and do her best to bring the crown home.

There are 120 entries from other nations who will competing for the same crown.

“Being Miss South Africa for a year has prepared me for the world stage in terms of emotional maturity and how a beauty queen should handle herself,” she said.

If she wins Montjane would be the second black African in the history of Miss World to obtain the esteemed title.

The first ever black African winner was Agbani Darego of Nigeria in 2001.

The Miss World boasts over a billion viewers tune in to watch as the beauty queens compete for the esteemed crown.

The competition takes place on November 6 and she leaves the country next Wednesday.

She told Weekend Witness that this year has been one she will never forget.

Aside from travelling and meeting powerful and “amazing” people like Michelle Obama, she said her proudest moment was when she helped to build a library at Kgaganoko Primary in Limpopo.

Another highlight was taking 50 girls, mostly from underprivileged families, to attend her Legacy Confidence Camp at Sun City Resort.

She said that after she steps down in December she will focus her energy on a career in television and building an art studio where children’s talents will be exposed.

Watch The Road to Miss South Africa reality series on DStv Channel 107 Mzansi Magic at 7pm on Sundays.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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