Mrs India SA finalist empowers women

2017-06-28 06:00
Mrs India SA 2017 finalist, Mandira Gokul.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Mrs India SA 2017 finalist, Mandira Gokul.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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SHE is a mother, a wife, subject head of department at Esther Payne Smith Secondary School, and now a Mrs India SA finalist.

Mandira Gokul from Athlone, Pietermaritzburg will take part in Mrs India SA 2017 pageant at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom in Durban on October 8.

Gokul, mother of a 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, told Maritzburg Fever she is not a professional model, but was coaxed by her daughter to enter the pageant after she saw it on social networks.

“I am not a professional model. I only took part in pageants at school. My daughter asked me to look at the criteria for entering and kept saying, ‘Mummy this is something you should do. You have so much to offer and you can use this platform to inspire women who need to feel motivated’. I was moved when she said that.

“I was so thrilled and honoured when I got a call to tell me I was the first finalist selected in the whole of South Africa. I have always been a confident person and I am aiming to win.

“I am already a winner by being in the finals. I am extremely humbled and proud at the same time to be the only contestant representing Pietermaritzburg,” she said.

She said the other reason she entered was to show her children they have the ability to do anything they want to and dream of doing.

“I want them to know they are winners already because they have chosen to try, which is something many fail to do, but criticise those who try.

“We are all born with special gifts and abilities - we just need to nurture that to find out who we really are.

“Entering MISA it’s like a platform I was looking for. I have always wanted to motivate children and adults in finding their strengths and developing them irrespective of the environment they come from.”

Gokul has held two functions to empower women and has modelled for an exclusive boutique store after being selected as a finalist.

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