2015-11-12 06:00
 Ite hopes to grab Miss Teen Cape Town title.

Ite hopes to grab Miss Teen Cape Town title.

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Hashtag writers would be forgiven should they start a movement that boldly says #ItebogengMothibiMustBeCrownedMissTeenCapeTown.

Ite (17) as she fondly known by friends is one of 15 girls vying for the title of Miss Teen Cape Town taking place this weekend at the Durbanville Conference at 5pm.

Juggling her matric studies with community upliftment has seen Ite being elected in the Junior City Council as the representative of Gugulethu’s subcouncil 7.

“I have been selected to be in the finals of Miss Teen Cape Town 2015 and I am very excited. Yes I know people are surprised because I am not the ‘normal figure’ for a beauty pageant,” she pauses to reflect more.

She continues stating her point.“Guess what, exactly my point, the beauty is not about how you look and your figure, it is about who you are and what your claim is to life,” she says.

Ite’ s decision to compete in the pageant was informed by her ‘passion of pushing frontiers’.

“From now on fuller figured teens will no longer feel ashamed to participate in stuff like this. They will be able to stand up and be counted for the contribution they can make in building our society,” Ite said.

She said entering Miss Teen Cape Town has taught her to “believe in herself”.

“ I challenge all teenagers in and around Gugulethu to get involved in stuff that deals with issues that affect them on daily basis,” she said.

It was for this reason that she started a foundation that comprises of high school learners in Gugulethu special schools.

“This foundation, named Building the Woman of Tomorrow (BWoT) focuses in celebrating the youth, empowering, capacitating and building a calibre of responsible citizens.

“The make- up of this foundation shows that able and differently-abled teens are faced with the same societal and socio-economic issues, hence we are on standing on the same level,” she said

The foundation has organized and conducted workshops in Gugulethu where teenagers debated issues ranging from drug,alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, exposure to dreaded diseases, discrimination against certain sexuality choices, illiteracy, spiritual emptiness, crime and violence.

“Those sessions were draining but we learn a lot about what affects children in our communities,” she revealed.

Her proud parents Bowen and Babalwa Mothibi are crossing their fingers as their born daughter face a tough challenge on Saturday.

“Ite is very focussed and she is a hard worker who takes interest in children’ issues,” said father Bowen.

He described her sense of balancing school work and the chosen role she plays in the community as “amazing”.

“We as parents we only have to support her and wish her good luck in many things she gets involved in,” he said.

Babalwa who dubs herself ‘mom manager’ remembered how Ite grew up as “bubbly child, a princess with an infectious smile”.

“Ite is a person of her own who minces no word when she puts her point across but she is very respectful,” she said.

Babalwa said Ite is not worried about not winning the Miss Teen Cape Town title on Saturday.

“She spoke on Pulpit Fm on Tuesday and what she said there was profound.

She said whoever wins the title on Saturday would be representing the collective vision of all 15 young women vying for the title. It’s the maturity of her thoughts and beliefs that leave me gobsmacked everyday,” said Babalwa.

The winner of the pageant will walk away with R10 000 cash, a bursary, a modelling contract and a prize for a charity organisation chosen by the contestant.

Ite has chosen Sive Nathi Home for the Physically Challenged in Blackheath

“We adopted many places but we were touched by the work done by Sive Nathi on children with cerebral palsy,” said Ite.

One of the Sive Nathi Home patients Asive Gubha will be one of Ite’s invited guests on Saturday.

“There will be girls from Gugulethu who I have managed to raise funds for so that they can come and witness this event .

They will be bussed from Gugulethu but to have Asive there is a cherry on top,” she said.

The out going Miss Teen Cape Town Zimkhitha Wally Galela from Langa wished all the contestants good.

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