Model in her element

2016-07-06 06:00
WANDILE MSIBI, the 2016 Junior Teen Miss Free State.

WANDILE MSIBI, the 2016 Junior Teen Miss Free State.

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HARRISMITH. – Wandile Msibi (15) from Harrismith was recently crowned the 2016 Junior Teen Miss Free State in a contest that was hosted by the Rolemodels Foundation.

The ambitious Wandile is a gr. 10 learner at the Harriston Intermediate School in Harrismith. It was not the first time this Harrismith-born model participated in the pageant.

Her debut was in 2004 at the Litttle Miss New Horizon where she walked off with second place (first princess).

Express Eastern Free State dug deep to find out what keeps this beautiful queen going.

Can you tell us about yourself?

I am a determined 15-year-old, born and raised in the beautiful town of Harrismith.

I am an embodiment of a new meaning of life. My purpose is to find my true calling and to fulfil it. This platform is one of my steps towards reaching my goal.

Where did you start your schooling and were you like those kids who always cried when they had to go to school?

At only 18 months I started my journey at Little New Horizon. And surprisingly, I cried because I wanted to go to school, not the other way around. I honestly think it was because I wanted to be like my sisters and to do everything they did.

What do you want to study after your matric?

I look forward to study Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch or at the University of the Free State. I also want to specialise in Pediatrics.

Why would you choose that?

I love interacting, influencing and helping people in all ways possible.

What is better than helping people, especially little children, with their health and helping them to feel better?

I cannot wait for the day a child walks into my practice with a frown and I turn the frown into a smile.

Your modelling career: Do you like it and why?

Like is not the right word. I love it. I would be lying if I said modelling does not do much for me.

Not only does it give me a platform to make a positive change in my community, but it has also taught me much.

Through modelling, I have learnt self-control, self-discipline and my public- speaking skills have become much better.

Growing up I was not very confident, but ever since I started to take modelling seriously, a low self-esteem had been the least of my worries.

When did you start with modelling?

My first pageant was in 2004, the Litttle Miss New Horizon, where I managed to walk off with second place. I then stopped with modelling and went on to do ballet, but in 2012 I went back to my first love, modelling.

Can you see yourself competing for Miss South Africa in future?

Yes, definitely. It has always been my dream. This title, the ones before it and the ones that are yet to come, all prepare me for Miss South Africa, but it does not end there. I also have my eyes on the Miss World crown.

How does it feel to be the Junior Teen Miss Free State?

It is amazing. I feel so humbled to be the one who represents not only my hometown, but the Free State as a whole. I also get a chance to be the voice of the voiceless. It is such a great honour.

I will also be representing our beautiful province at the nationals, which will take place in December.

Do you feel any pressure?

Not one bit. It is everything I have ever wanted and more. I love every minute of it. I never felt any pressure.

How are you going to handle the school work and fame?

I believe education is essential in the times we live in, therefore school will always come first, but it is all a matter of being focused.

You just need to be organised and never procrastinate, remembering to do everything to the best of your ability.

What would happen to the world if we could no longer use the internet?

We would have no Twitter, for starters, or Facebook or Google. But the ramifications go much, much deeper.

We would have no email.

Think about it, the internet has created millions and millions of jobs – all of these would be lost.

What was the biggest challenge you faced during the contest and did you doubt yourself?

My biggest challenge was to focus on my studies while at the same time preparing for my pageant.

I would be lying if I said I did not doubt myself. We are all human and it is easy to doubt oneself.

Whenever I started doubting myself, I thought of the amazing opportunity and how privileged I was to be one of the finalists.

We are all different and have different strengths and weaknesses. We cannot compare ourselves to one another.

What is your biggest fear and how do you plan to overcome it?

My biggest fear is failure. I have always been a perfectionist in everything I do. I plan to overcome my fear by embracing my mistakes, learning to ask for help when it is needed and learning to accept that I am more gifted in some things than in others.

As the saying goes: “Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.”

What legacy do you want to leave behind?

The legacy I would love to leave behind is one filled with five A’s.

When people look back at me, I want them to remember: altruism (someone who is giving), authenticity and adaptability (a young lady who was able to stay calm and be comfortable in all situations), approachability (I want everyone to feel free to interact and talk to me) and last, but not least, being appreciative (a lady who appreciates everything, from the food on her plate to being appreciative of our country).

Basically, a legacy that matters and endures.

Who is your role model?

I have two: My parents. My mother has shown me the strength of being a woman and an independent and responsible citizen too.

My father has taught me the importance of good character. My parents have sacrificed so much for me and other family members.

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