PMB pupil competes for Miss Teen India SA

2009-09-30 00:00

AN Epworth High pupil will join eight others from KwaZulu-Natal at the Miss Teen India South Africa finals to be held in Durban on Saturday.

Nessinta Chetty (15) is the only Pietermaritzburg finalist in the pageant. She will compete against 14 girls from all across the country.

“It has already been such a fun experience,” the teenager said. “I’ve always been interested in the Miss Teen India South Africa pageant, because it’s not only about how you look on the outside, but it is also about being an ambassador to the Indian community and the Indian youth.”

A keen debater at school, Nessinta has decided to use half of her three minutes in the talent section to speak about the progression of Indian people in South Africa.

“When Indian people first came to South Africa 150 years ago,” she said, “they were brought in as indentured labourers, and the beginning was a struggle. However, Indian people have progressed in South Africa.”

She feels that Indian people here have established their own identity — one that should be embraced. “We now have unique South African Indian things, like bunny chows. That, you will not find in India,” she said as an example.

Nessinta will allocate the other half of her talent time to an Indian dance that fuses modern and traditional elements.

Even the clothes selected for the contestants reflect the fusion of East meets West. “What we wear at the pageant is divided into two segments,” Nessinta explained.

“A western and an eastern segment.”

She said that the evening wear, which makes up the western segment, was designed by a local designer.

In fact, Nessinta — who used to help out with her school’s outreach programme — places high value on her local community.

“When you enter this pageant you shouldn’t be intimidated. Be yourself, be a good person and know your community. This will get you far.”

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