Plastic surgery not for SA’s Miss World hopeful

2012-07-10 11:56

She’s not opposed to plastic surgery but she won’t change her look “for anything”, Miss South Africa’s first princess Remona Moodley (23) said.

Moodley today hosted a farewell breakfast in Sandton as she prepares to head to the Miss World pageant that will take place in Ordos, Inner Mongolia in China, on August 18.

Asked if she believed in plastic surgery, Moodley said: “I am not against plastic surgery. I believe that if you are unhappy and want to change something, it is up to you.”

Her comments followed a City Press report that Miss SA, Melinda Bam, had visited a top plastic surgeon to discuss increasing the size of her assets.

Bam has decided against representing the country at Miss World.

The 1.72m-tall Moodley, from the south of Joburg, is expected to arrive at the pageant on July 18 where she is set to compete with 113 other beauties from around the world.

“I am so nervous, every day I feel like this is a dream and then I wake up to e-mails and lots of work which all makes me realise this is a reality,” she said.

The electric engineer honours graduate from the University of Cape Town, will head to the pageant fully kitted with top-of-the-range designer gowns by Peter Bondesio and Haroun Hansrot.

Bondesio has crafted Moodley’s traditional gown, which she will wear in the “Dance of the World” costume segment.

It’s a two-piece ensemble and head-piece, vividly featuring zebra stripes and bright pink Ostrich feathers with decorative woven beadwork mixed in.

The bodice of the garment is bold fuchsia and it has an ethnic waist-clinching dramatic black and white striped tutu skirt.

Hansrot will dress Moodley in a strappy floor-length gown that is bold in a sartorial sea of liquid peacock blue silk and sprinkled Swarovski crystals on the side of the bodice in a motif design.

She will pair the dress with hand-crafted diamond and sapphire drop earrings made by Durban based jewellery designer Yurati Shah.

Shaking with nerves, Moodley talked about her childhood dream of being a beauty queen.

“I remember practising in the lounge with my cousin that we were in Miss World and now I will go and represent my country in the same pageant.

“I feel prepared and ready for this pageant as I took classes for etiquette, personal branding, media interaction, conversing with the girls and practising my talent and national dance. I even shopped for the clothes I would take to the pageant,” she said.
But she admits to having fears.

“My biggest fear is seeing all the help I got and preparations seeming as shortfalls when I see what the other ladies have in store.

I constantly think, do I have the right clothes, is my talent the best one and such things,” she said.

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