Make Pelly happy, vote her for Miss CT

2016-05-05 06:00
Phelokazi “Pelly” Mbantsa, 21, is appealing for votes to win the title of Miss Cape Town.

Phelokazi “Pelly” Mbantsa, 21, is appealing for votes to win the title of Miss Cape Town.

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Phelokazi “Pelly” Mbantsa is one of 15 other models who aspire to be crowned Miss Cape Town come Saturday 14th May 2016.

Pelly,21, is from Makhaya in Khayelitsha, and if she is to be crowned the “Queen of Cape Town”, she needs all the votes she can get, and is appealing fro support from readers of City Vision and beyond.

It is a charity event and contestants only win by the number of votes they garner from supporters.

The competition finals will be held in Worcester next Saturday.

Pelly started her journey as a beauty contestant by default, after she was chosen by monitors to take part in a competition for Miss Centre of Science and Technology (Cosat) pageant in Grade 10 in 2011.

She finished in the top 5 overall.

The bug bit. For soon after she entered for the Miss Khayelitsha Teen in the same year. She lost.

“I was discouraged after that competition, because I do not take losing well. I then decided to take a break from other competitions,” she said.

The second year Bachelor of Laws degree student at the University of Western Cape, then revived her passion when she entered for the Miss Fresher at the university in 2015.

She failed to make the top five, however, this time she decided to enter for the Miss Harare competition and made the top 10 list last year. Not bad, she thought.

Pelly then competed for the title of Miss Buyelembo where she finished in the top five.

In 2015, she felt very confident and entered the Miss Khayelitsha pageant. Although things did not go according to her plan, she has set her sights on big tiaras, as it were.

“I was aiming for the title of Miss Khayelitsha, but it did not go according to my plan. The competition was tough,” she added.

Her never-say-die attitude has paid off, though, for she was crowned Miss Valentine Khayelitsha in February this year.

“I was so angry when I arrived for the competition to find that Yandiswa Gxwala was also taking part in the competition. She is my role model and she is so good that I did not think I was standing any chance against her. To my surprise, I was crowned Miss Valentine.

I lost a number of competitions, but I told myself that I was not going to give-up hope. I kept on looking for motivation. I want people to know that you can learn something from losing and that they must keep pushing ahead even if it means falling at times,” she added.

She said winning the title of Miss Cape Town would help her fulfil her dream of helping children from disadvantaged background.

Those who wish to vote for her can send an SMS with the text Miss CT-Phelokazi to 47611. SMSes costs R3 or her Facebook page.

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