Face to face with Miss India SA finalist

2016-10-13 06:00
Miss India SA 2016 finalist Shwetha Suredin shares her success story. Photo: supplied

Miss India SA 2016 finalist Shwetha Suredin shares her success story. Photo: supplied

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SHWETHA Suredin is a go-getter and encourages other people to work hard to make their dreams a reality.

The 19-year-old hails from Tongaat, but she is currently completing her BA in Communication Graphic Design at University of Johannesburg.

She is among the finalists who will be vying for the Miss India South Africa crown at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg on 3 December.

The Weekly caught up with her ahead of the competition.

Coastal Weekly (CW): Where did you grow up?

Shwetha Suredin (SS): I grew up in Tongaat (Maidstone). Due to career growth my parents relocated to Gauteng with my brother in 2004. I joined them a year later so that I could complete the school year without disruption.

CW : Tell us about your road to success.

SS: Upon entering the Miss India SA pageant, I grew extensively as an individual. It provided a platform for me to showcase myself and taught me that no matter what situation you are in, you have to ooze confidence.

The platform has provided endless opportunities for me and other young women in the community and ultimately has contributed greatly to my success.

CW : Who inspired you with regards to your achievements?

SS: Along the way I have been motivated and inspired by many people. My parents, grandparents, teachers and famous people, but ultimately myself, because I believe once you believe in yourself anything is possible.

CW : Who do you currently admire in your career?

SS: I had the privilege of growing up with my grandparents - my grandfather the late Krish Suredin, a former teacher and principal from Tongaat, has probably been the greatest inspiration in my life thus far.

From a young age he has influenced me to pursue my dreams and made absolutely sure that I am well educated and I am capable of conquering anything.

In the design world there's no single person I can pinpoint because I believe that each and every designer is unique and talented in his/her own way.

CW :Tell us about your organisation and how it came into being?

SS: My love for design and humanity saw the birth of Dzign-A-Dream, a community organisation that showcases my freelancing work as a graphic designer as well as the community projects I do.

Under the banner of Dzign-A- Dream I have successfully executed my pet projects namely "the Cupcake Drive" on Valentine's Day where I handed out cupcakes to the less fortunate.

I am currently working on a mentoring programme for the youth in underprivileged areas and have joined hands with an organisation that donates baby products to government hospitals.

In conjunction with Dzign-A-Dream I am a volunteer at Peke Haven and I am currently fostering rescue dogs. I am a also a registered organ donor.

CW : Tell us why you decided to become an organ donor.

SS: At the age of 18 I took a pledge to be an organ donor.

This is because two years ago I lost my maternal grandmother to organ failure.

The pledge to be a donor was solely my own and it's because I think that it would cost nothing to save another life after death.

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