THE Free State’s passion for heritage is embraced by the upcoming Miss Heritage Pageant. Young women from all walks of life who are passionate about their heritage and want to see its lasting legacy are invited to enter. “In the past, beauty pageants were always about worldly lifestyle and did not celebrate that which makes us different,” says Thandeka Tshabangu, provincial director of Miss Heritage South Africa, Free State. Tshabangu says being proud of their roots and cultural diversity is what will help people understand one another and break down many barriers caused by ills such as racism and xenophobia. The aim is to realise that people are raised with different norms and values, but are ultimately all the same, as people strive to be the best in who they are and succeed in life.Contestants can apply at http://ow.ly/H1ly301o87M. A minimum fee of R150 is payable, as the young women need to understand the seriousness of the event by investing in it, says Tshabangu.The prizes will be announced only when the top 20 finalists have been chosen. “This is because the pageant is a morally-based pageant and we are looking for women who understand its importance.” Scouting takes place in Qwaqwa on Friday (08/07) at the Maluti Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College. The reigning queen and first princess of the Free State pageant will represent the Free State in the national pageant. For more information, send email to email@example.com, or call Thandeka Tshabangu on 062-701-0923, Thabangu Tshabangu on 078-722-1809 or Mpumelelo Mbatha on 083-536-8257.