One on one with Verulam model

2017-06-08 06:00
Photo: suppliedWanda Jwara

Photo: suppliedWanda Jwara

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A PARKGATE resident, Wanda Jwara (27), who was among 100 top semi-finalists for the Mrs South Africa pageant, urged the youth to study and get an education in order to secure a prosperous future.

Despite the fact that she did not make it into the top 25 she believes there are great opportunities for her in the modelling career.

She shared some of her highlights and career goals with the Weekly.

Andile Sithole: Tell us about yourself.

Wanda Jwara: I’ve been married to my amazing husband Mduduzi Jwara for one year and five months.

I have four sisters and my parents have been married for 35 years. I entered my first modelling competition when I was eight years old and continued modelling from then on.

AS: Who is your source of inspiration?

WJ: My family is my source of inspiration. I have four sisters. They are all different, but inspiring in their different journeys of life. My mother has shown me through her life that all things are possible when you have faith in God.

My dad has so much wisdom, he inspires me to keep on learning and growing. My husband is a selfless man who works hard. He inspires me everyday to work hard at achieving my dreams and to always be myself.

AS: What are your success stories and achievements so far?

WJ: In academics my biggest achievement was when I completed my Bachelor of Social Science degree. I studied in the University of KwaZulu-Natal and majored in industrial psychology and sociology.

In modelling I remember appearing on a TV show called Ses’khona on SABC 1. I also appeared on TV while modelling at the Durban July. But the greatest achievement for me in modelling has been being a Mrs South Africa semi-finalist.

I got to appear in newspapers, I did radio interviews. I got to develop myself into a brand and work with CANSA­. I also got to meet and make friends with some of the most amazing women across the country. It completely took me out of my comfort zone. I have graciously come out of this competition with more than what I had walked in with.

AS: What were some of your experiences before you made it to top 100 semi-finalists in the 2017 Mrs South Africa?

WJ: For the past three years, I worked at a school in Verulam as a pupil support agent. I heard about the Mrs South Africa competition last year on the radio on my way to work.

I remember saying to my husband, ‘we are entering next year.’ At the beginning of this year the department I was working for decided that they no longer needed my services. I then got involved with other community work and did a short course in business. So when I heard that the Mrs South Africa entry forms were out, I went online and entered and I was chosen to be a semi-finalist.

It was perfect timing for me.

AS: What advice you can give anyone who wants to become a model?

WJ: First of all - knowledge is power. The days of beauty with no brains in the modelling industry are gone. So don’t do modelling only, have something that you are doing on the side. Go to school and obtain a qualification.

Modelling is a job, so work hard at it like you would any other job. You will face challenges in this industry. In the mist of those challenges don’t give up and most importantly don’t lose who you are. Be kind to yourself and put your faith in God.

When I got married I thought modelling was over for me. But I feel like this is actually the beginning. I have lived my dream.

I modelled and strut my stuff on the Mrs South Africa stage that was proudest moment of my life.

 

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