Durban hopefuls prepare for pageants

2007-12-04 00:00

TWO Durban women carry the hopes of the province high as they prepare for the Miss South Africa and Miss South Africa Teen pageant, to be held at the Sun City Super Bowl this Saturday (December 8 2007).

Manisha Pillay (24, right) from Musgrave is a finalist in Miss SA, and Zoe Brown (17, left) of Amanzimtoti, is a Miss SA Teen finalist.

The Miss SA Teen Pageant will be televised on SABC2 from 5 pm to 6 pm and the Miss SA Pageant from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm on Saturday, December 8.

Pillay, a Bachelor of Science graduate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is pursuing an Honours degree in Industrial Psychology, and her hobbies include reading, cooking and walking.

Pillay said her role model is Wangari Maathai, because “she is the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace and she encourages women to better their situation”.

“I admire her resilience and veracity”, Pillay said.

Her favourite things are “the prospective 2010 World Cup Soccer, South African fashion, the Internet, orchids and watching the sunset at sea”, and that “she would place rape, uneducated youth, third world poverty, under-empowered women, racism and global warming under the heading ‘Absolutely Awful’.”

Zoe, who is a pupil at Kingsway High School in Amanzimtoti, loves drama and singing and had a lead role in her school musical. Her hobbies include Pilates, netball, keeping fit, baking and cooking. She also enjoys scrap-booking because it is a way of storing good memories.

Zoe said she likes fresh fruit salad, and is interested in scuba diving and experiencing the other side of the world. She describes herself as “down to earth” and her favourite celebrity is Angelina Jolie.

Former Miss SA and Miss World runner-up Sonia Raciti will be the principal judge for both pageants.


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