Beauty comes with responsibility

2016-05-11 06:00
Marylyn van Vuuren has the crown bestowed on her by previous winner 2015, Melissa Nel (left).

Marylyn van Vuuren has the crown bestowed on her by previous winner 2015, Melissa Nel (left).

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THE newly crowned Miss Windmill Bloem Show, Marylyn van Vuuren, has set herself the mission to be a torch-bearer for the youth and the less fortunate. Her aim, in line with that of the pageant’s sponsors, is to be an ambassador. She has to fulfil various assignments, do community outreach programmes, reach out to the less fortunate and attend business functions – tasks she is ready to deliver on.

Born in Kimberley in the Northern Cape, Marylyn (19) had the 2016 title bestowed on her at a glittering function in Bloemfontein on Thursday 28 April.

She is currently studying Beauty Technology at Camelot International in Bloemfontein.

Marylyn aspires to spread the qualities of youth torch-bearer during her reign. “The essence of a beauty pageant ambassador, I personally believe, is to be hard-working, dedicated, enthusiastic, committed, friendly, empowering and caring. I hope to go from strength to strength and achieve all the goals I set for myself,” said Marylyn.

Marylyn was asked why she thought the sponsors decided to include the less fortunate. “I think the sponsors assigned this project for the simple reason of ‘beauty with a purpose’; it is not the crown or cash that should determine who you are. You should define the title by going out and making a difference. After all, it’s the inner beauty that gets remembered and not the outer beauty.”

What strikes her most about the less forunate? “The smile on their faces once you have helped them with something or simply just giving them a smile. You immediately feel the presence of happiness, joy and gratitude.”

Shining like a diamond with the crown on her head, the young woman from the Diamond City has big plans for her modelling and beauty pageant career.

“My biggest dream is to take part in Miss South Africa. I like the fact that everything that gets done during the Miss South Africa journey is done in a group and that each contestant contributes to the success of that specific project,” said Marylyn.

Marylyn believes that beauty pageants are enriching for young South African women.

“I definitely do think that it is enriching, as you learn so much about yourself and how to work with different types of people with different personalities. You also learn the real purpose of a beauty pageant, that it is not just about the pretty face, but the inside too.”

Marylyn said she drew inspiration from pageant contestants. “I’m inspired by the elegance that the ladies who enter beauty pageants have.”

Marylyn maintains that the Windmill Bloem Show was a stepping stone towards the achievement of her dream of competing for the Miss South Africa title. “I really think that it was fundamental, as we were given a lot of responsibilities – in the sense of being on time for fittings and practice sessions. When things got tough, we knew how to handle each situation. All the finalists supported each other where we could,” she said.

Asked about what she thought had made her stand out during the preliminary rounds and through to the final, she said: “The fact that I gave it my all from the start. I have always believed in doing everything to the best of my ability, because everyone has the potential in them to reach great heights.”

Marylyn’s passion for entering beauty pageants has seen her scooping two pageant titles back home in the Diamond City. She won the titles of Mej. Sneeuflokkie 2014 and Miss Northern Cape High School 2015.

In pursuing the dream, Marylyn looks up to Miss South Africa and Miss World 2014, Rolene Strauss. “She is a goal-driven, hardworking, dedicated and humble lady.”

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