Meet Mrs SA 2016 semi-finalist

2016-05-10 06:00
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THE Durban-born beauty's love for modelling began when she was young and as she grew so did her passion for modelling grow.
Nelisiwe Nzimande (38), a mother and wife, was born in KwaMashu and grew up in Avoca Hills, and from those beginnings to where she is now, she has much to be proud of.

Nzimande has been nominated as a semi-finalist for Mrs South Africa 2016.

“I live in the Upper highway area with my husband and children. I fell in love with the glamorous world of modelling at a young age. I went for modelling and grooming classes and I have been with my modelling agency, Ice Models, ever since.

“I’ve been the face of a number of brands, including NWJ, Inecto, and Caivil, to name a few. I was also the face of a restaurant, called BBB, my face was all over their menus – it was too cool.”

Nzimande said being selected as a semi-finalist for Mrs South Africa has been a learning curve.

“I entered the Mrs South Africa competition at the end of February, and all the semi-finalists were notified at the beginning of March. As a semi-finalist I have been inspired, empowered and most of all, I gained self-confidence.

“We attended a conference and met other semi-finalists. Mrs South Africa is more of a women empowerment programme than a beauty pageant. It has helped me to step out of my comfort zone and become the person I was meant to be. It’s a platform that allows for personal growth, and it contributes to the realisation of dreams and aspirations.”

Besides walking the ramp in glamorous gowns, Nzimande also enjoys a variety of things in her spare time.

“I enjoy jogging and reading. I love cooking and baking for my family. I also love spending time with my family and friends.

“Being a semi-finalist has taught me to remain humble, to be true to myself and to be comfortable in my own skin.

“It has taught me the importance of being authentic, being brave to be me and to be unapologetic about it.”

She sends an inspirational message to the youth.

“A message I would like to pass to the youth of South Africa is that dreams do come true, if at first you don’t succeed, get up and try again.

“Look at our reigning Mrs South Africa, who is now Mrs World, she is an inspiration to all of us and proof that dreams really do come true.”

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