PMB’s first test-tube baby makes cut in Mrs SA pageant

2015-03-21 00:00

SHE was the first test-tube baby to be born in Grey’s Hospital and now Pietermaritzburg’s Amanda Low hopes to add another achievement — the title of Mrs South Africa.

The red-headed Pietermaritzburg beauty, who grew up in the Midlands, said after her parents had her older brother and sister, her mother desperately wanted another child, but had difficulty conceiving.

“I am the youngest of three children and one of the first born into this world as a ‘test-tube baby’ at Grey’s Hospital.

“So keen were my parents to have me that my mother, who was unable to fall pregnant naturally, decided upon the IVF route.”

And 27 years later, Low has made the cut to the Top 100 of Mrs South Africa nationally.

One of two Pietermaritzburg women representing KwaZulu-Natal’s City of Choice, Low is the founder of her own business Signature Strengths — a marketing and communications company.

The young businesswoman said she grabbed the opportunity to enter the competition.

“The pageant is for married women in South Africa and is seen as a women-empowerment programme, so I decided to take up the challenge.

“Not only do I believe I fit the profile of a married, sophisticated woman, beautiful from the inside out and driven to succeed, I also know the lessons I will learn will make this journey so worthwhile.”

Low said she would use her experience during her time as a semi-finalist as Mrs South Africa to further develop herself as a role model and hoped to inspire and empower others with her determination.

“It would be an honour to be crowned the next Mrs South Africa and be able to use this platform to make a difference in the lives of others.

“I hope to accomplish my desire of being able to inspire others to embrace their uniqueness and discover their untapped potential.”

• Pietermaritzburg’s second beauty queen contestant Thembeka Hlela has also made it to Mrs South Africa’s top 100, but could not be reached yesterday for comment.


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