‘Litsha lass is the new beauty

2016-10-20 06:00
Phelokazi “Pelly” Mbantsa, 21, is flanked by runners up Thuli Tshikini, left, and Kayla Anderson, to her right, after winning the Miss Helderberg Contest.

Phelokazi “Pelly” Mbantsa, 21, is flanked by runners up Thuli Tshikini, left, and Kayla Anderson, to her right, after winning the Miss Helderberg Contest.

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Phelokazi Mbantsa from Khayelitsha is the new Miss Helderberg.

Mbantsa,21, was crowned on Saturday at a ceremony held in Somerset West.She said she was very proud of her latest achievement, as it is her second title within a year.

In February, she was crowned Miss Valentine Day Khayelitsha. As part of her duties as the newly crowned Queen of the Helderberg, she is expected perform some community duties, reaching out to the needy and visiting shelters for the homeless. Although she missed out on the auditions, which were held in July because of family commitments in the eastern Cape, she was not deterred from enentering the pageant.

She forged ahead after she impressed the judges with her late online application.

“I love everything about modelling, from fashion shows to pageants. Modelling is not an easy journey, there are challenges and obstacles along the way but one has to remain focussed and to persevere, until one gets what one wants. Mbantsa is presently a second year LLB student at the University of Western Cape.

“I struggled but I did not give up. In life you might think that you are being denied(opportunities), but in reality, you are not being denied, just delayed.

You have to keep on pushing, and when the time is right you will get what you want,” she said.

She started her journey as beauty pageant by default when she was asked by monitors to take part in Miss Cosat beauty pageant, whilst doing Grade 10, in 2011.

Mbantsa has also taken part in the Miss Fresher UWC, the Miss Glamorous, Miss United Townships, Miss Harare and Miss Buyelembo beauty contests, where she has variously came runner up and won some.

In 2015 she came second in the Miss Khayelitsha contest.

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