More than pretty faces

2017-05-24 06:00
Chad Mpisi of the Northern Cape High School and Iviwe Sithebe of the William Pescod High School were crowned Mr and Miss Kimberley High Schools during the third annual beauty pageant hosted at the City Hall.Photos: Boipelo Mere

Chad Mpisi of the Northern Cape High School and Iviwe Sithebe of the William Pescod High School were crowned Mr and Miss Kimberley High Schools during the third annual beauty pageant hosted at the City Hall.Photos: Boipelo Mere

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The “Green Lineage” was crowned during the Mr and Miss Kimberley High Schools Pageant that was hosted by Manaka Productions at the City Hall on Friday night (19/05).

The two learners who received the main titles, Chad Mpisi of the Northern Cape High School and Iviwe Sithebe of the William Pescod High School, were given this name because both of their schools’ colours are predominantly green.

The judges’ decision was unanimous when the 2017 winners were chosen.

This was the third annual pageant of its kind hosted consecutively.

It was with her strong presence, inner beauty and self-confidence that matriculant Iviwe Sithebe mesmerised everyone and scooped the title. Her personality and humbleness of taking pride in who she is, left no doubt among the judges. She brought a new sense of energy and life into the room during the prejudging session.

Great expectations rest on her shoulders as she carries the pageant name and responsibility of teaching her peers that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, and that one should not allow one’s background to determine your future.

According to Iviwe, this was her first beauty pageant ever and she was just participating to come out of her comfort zone and learn new experiences.

“I am grateful that Manaka Productions found me, as I am going to work with the company to restore the reputation of my school (William Pescod High) that has always been looked down on,” she said.

She will start working with fellow model and first princess Akhona Maqina to deliver motivational speeches to young people.

The message will be spread to them that they should not undermine themselves in terms of their weight or figure.

“This pageant was just the beginning of many things for me. The fact that people have started to notice me, will work in my advantage.”

Her fellow pageant winner, Chad Mpisi, made an equally good impression with his sense of confidence and open-mindedness during the pageant.

He was a natural and had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand during each and every appearance he made on the runway.

Chad displayed little interest in beauty and external good looks.

He shared the same sentiments as Iviwe, that beauty is skin deep and has to be moulded in order to make the world a better place.

He described how external beauty and an attractive body faded in time.

Chad is proud to have lifted the flag of his school (Northern Cape High) by winning the title.

“I was not doing this for myself, but I was representing all those people who could not be on that stage.

“Those kids who are being bullied and their confidence stripped by being told that they are not good enough, the ones who are called fat, and the lesbians who are not given a fair chance in life,” elabora­ted Chad.

His biggest dream is to establish his brainchild, lending a helping hand project, through which he will raise funds to buy educational material for learners at underprivileged schools.

That, Chad explains, is in an effort to motivate the learners and build their self-confidence.

The organisers saw the event as bigger and better as the previous one and thus thanked the Kimberley community, including the families of the models, for making it a success.

According to the Manaka crew, they have partly achieved their motto of “doing it better” due to the immense improvements on the event.

“It should not be about money, but the success of the event itself and that we are appreciated and taken seriously,” said Obakeng Kock, the public relations officer of the company.

He applauded his partner and founder of the company, Motheo Manaka, for guiding them throughout the process and working with all stakeholders, including the creative directors, to make the event a success.

He further thanked all the stakeholders who partnered in the event, including parents and members of the community who came on board.

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