Beauty and brains wins choice award

2016-05-19 06:00
 Khayelitsha beauty Lona Gweva won the public choice award at the Miss Cape Town pageant on the weekend.

Khayelitsha beauty Lona Gweva won the public choice award at the Miss Cape Town pageant on the weekend.

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After weeks of campaigning and community work, a Khayelitsha beauty has walked away with the Public Choice Award at the Miss Cape Town beauty pageant at the weekend.

Lona Gweva, 21, was one of the 16 contestants in the show which took place at Ratanga Junction on last Saturday.

The stunning beauty from Makhaza was chosen as the crowd favourite after receiving most of the votes via SMS as well as the most likes, shares and comments on her social media profiles.

Beauty Balangile was crowned Miss Cape Town during the event but Gweva said that she is over the moon with her award.

She had conducted a rigorous campaign which included media interviews with community newspapers and radio stations.

She appeared in City Vision where she shared her determination to change the status quo in the beauty pageant.

“I was so happy that so many people believed in my goal and that so many people supported me. I want to thank everyone who SMSed, liked, shared or commented on my page. I am happy for the overall winner, it was an experience of a lifetime,” she said.

She said that she hoped that her win will encourage others to go ahead and fulfil their dreams despite pessimist.

She said that before she started entering beauty pageants she was always told that she was too dark to win.

“This has encouraged me to advance with my quest and has given me extra motivation for the pageant that I am organising for later this year. I want young people of all tones and sizes to enter this beauty pageant.

We have to change the way people perceive beauty and make sure that people that are different are not shunned,” she said.

She said that she will continue her community work and her studies in motor mechanics at False Bay College.

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