Pageant also for students

2019-06-26 06:00
Some of the 16 shortlisted finalists to compete for the inaugural Ms Varsity Plus Size pageant title. From left are Naledi Koalepe, Retshidisitswe Palo, Kanalelo Chele, Mmogo Noha, Mellitar Ramorebodi, Tsholofelo Mates, Matsiliso Mphezulu and Omphile Seqhee.Photo: Supplied

Some of the 16 shortlisted finalists to compete for the inaugural Ms Varsity Plus Size pageant title. From left are Naledi Koalepe, Retshidisitswe Palo, Kanalelo Chele, Mmogo Noha, Mellitar Ramorebodi, Tsholofelo Mates, Matsiliso Mphezulu and Omphile Seqhee.Photo: Supplied

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The beauty pageant for curvy and well-shaped women, Miss & Mrs Plus South Africa has been expanded to accommodate university students.

The organisers will officially launch the inaugural Ms Varsity Plus Size pageant in August in Bloemfontein.

This will coincide with Women’s Month celebrations in South Africa.

According to Samuel “Chief” Leeuw, franchise director and organiser, the varsity category of the pageant is a subsidiary to the Miss & Mrs South Africa Plus World. He said the participants must be students who are still enrolled at various universities in South Africa.

Leeuw said strides have been made for the launch of the Ms Varsity Plus Size with shortlisting of finalists who vie for the crown. The crowing ceremony is set for 3 August in the Bloemfontein Civic Theatre. It will feature contestants flaunting their natural curves on the runway.

“We are piloting the varsity category to supplement and grow the Mrs & Miss Plus SA pageant. Adding prestige is that the winner of Ms Varsity automatically qualifies for Ms & Mrs Plus SA World categories, the prize of which is to compete internationally for Mrs and Ms Plus World. This is a pageant for women to redefine natural beauty norms in South Africa,” said Leeuw.

Some of the shortlisted finalists to compete for the inaugural Ms Varsity Plus Size pageant originate from the Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Eastern Cape.

According to Leeuw, more participation of plus size contestants proves there is growing sense of pride and appreciation for fuller curves.

Tickets cost R150 per person and will be available at the door.

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