Local teen is Miss Teen Commonwealth SA finalist

2017-03-29 06:02
Nomonde Marwede of Motherwell NU7 is a finalist in the 2017 Miss Teen Commonwealth SA pageant. Photo:KHOLOKAZI MAZOSIWE

Nomonde Marwede of Motherwell NU7 is a finalist in the 2017 Miss Teen Commonwealth SA pageant. Photo:KHOLOKAZI MAZOSIWE

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PROUD Port Elizabethan, Nomonde Marwede, has been selected as one of 36 finalists in the 2017 Miss Teen Commonwealth SA pageant.

Marwede (19) is a Human Resource Management student at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) who hails from Motherwell NU7.

She has a passion for baking and travelling, loves playing netball and sings in her church choir.

She also likes to try new things and entered the fourth annual Miss Teen Commonwealth competition to promote confidence and self-esteem among young girls.

“We grow up in a society where young girls are told they are not good enough. I want girls to know that regardless of their body size and how they look they are perfect the way they are,” Marwede said.

The pageant aims to empower teenage girls with the knowledge to be the young leaders of tomorrow. It focuses on leadership, modelling and public speaking skills.

The Grand Finale will take place on April 29 at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria. The main prize is R15 000.

Marwede said that her greatest inspiration throughout her journey has been her mother.

“She is always there for me and supporting me. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have entered the competition and because she encouraged and believed in me, I entered and made it to the finals,” Marwede said.

“I want to be to other girls what my mother was to me: a voice of reason to say you are good, beautiful and perfect just the way you are and can do anything you set your mind too.”

During the course of the pageant, the finalists are expected to do charity work, raise funds to sponsor their specific charities and attend finalist workshops to develop the leadership, modelling and public speaking skills needed to represent the values of the pageant.

Marwede said that should she win, she would use the power of the Miss Teen Commonwealth title to build young people up to be content, confident and full of self-esteem.

“Confidence has become a rare thing. I want to bring confidence back to the community so that people can stand up for what they believe in and be able to become individuals,” she added.

She is grateful to and attributes much of her success in the competition to her sponsors, Cazabella, Nam Jewellery, Noluthando Dladla, Fablane Online, Anita Creative Design, Motion Trend Closet and photographer Kholokazi Mazosiwe.

Anyone interested in aiding Nomonde Marwede in her charity work can contact her on n.marwede97@gmail.com.

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