Queen of ‘Litsha has what it takes

2016-12-15 06:01
 Miss Khayelitsha Lona Gweva (centre) with her princesses Ayanda Mbalo and Zandile Mila.

Miss Khayelitsha Lona Gweva (centre) with her princesses Ayanda Mbalo and Zandile Mila.

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Lona Gweva is the reigning queen of the Khayelitsha catwalk after being crowned Miss Khayelitsha 2016 on Sunday.

For her it was a road full of stereotypes, and challenges notwithstanding, her assessions that beauty went skin deep came to be proved true.

Gweva’s road to beauty fame started earlier this year even as she was told her skin was too dark to crack it.

The 22-year-old then entered the Miss Cape Town pageant, and as fate would have it, walked away with the public choice award, after scoring the most votes through an SMS competition.

On Sunday she beat 10 other contestants to become the queen of Khayelitsha at the pageant; she said this was her proudest moment.

“As confident as I was, I couldn’t believe it when they called my name; the moment felt surreal. I still can’t believe that I actually did it,” said Gweva.

In an interview with City Vision in April, she noted that the notion that dark skinned people were less beautiful was an outdated stereotype.

She has since entered eight other beauty competitions, and when she didn’t come close to being on the top three, she was starting to give in.

“I had told myself that this was the last pageant I was entering and I would focus on my own modelling school. I started that school to teach young people that they are beautiful in all shapes, shades and sizes,” she said.

As Miss Khayelitsha, she walks away with a cash prize, gift bags as well as the use of a car for a month.

He duties will include community work, something that was already in her heart as she is quite a philanthropist.

Event organiser Brenda Mamputa said that they wanted people who were beautiful and confident.

“The winners showed great confidence, great posture and great personality. We are very pleased with the winners of the day,” she said.

Mamputha said that the event was successful and had grown in the six years she has been running it. She said it was made possible by local sponsors.

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