Local scientist reaches finals of ‘green’ beauty pageant

2010-07-27 00:00

BEING passionate about nature and beautiful into the bargain has taken a local scientist into the finals of a national “green” beauty contest.

Prestbury resident Tricia Moodley (21) has been selected as a finalist in the national 2010 Miss Earth South Africa competition in association with Consol.

An entomology graduate from UKZN, Moodley and other finalists recently spent a hectic week at the Nkambeni Tented Lodge outside the Kruger National Park. In addition to participating in environmental and conservation workshops and photographic shoots, they spent 67 minutes in the national park working at the My Acre of Africa School on Mandela Day.

The finalists are involved in “green” initiatives, awareness campaigns and tree-planting ceremonies across the country.

The 2010 Miss Earth South Africa will be crowned at a gala event at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng in September. The winner will become a Miss Earth ambassador and dedicate a year to environmental projects.

She will also represent South Africa at the international Miss Earth World contest in Vietnam in October.

To vote for Moodley, log on to www.missearthsa.co.za.

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