Young beauty aims for the stars

2019-09-17 06:00
From left are Veronique Kuit, Aliyah Toyer, Moezena Toyer and Yolanda PetersenPHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

From left are Veronique Kuit, Aliyah Toyer, Moezena Toyer and Yolanda PetersenPHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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Aliyah Toyer dreams of participating in the Miss Universe pageant one day and wants to help make the world a better place.

The 13-year-old Lentegeur resident revealed this after being crowned Miss Magnificent Woman Icon (MWI) Southern Africa at The Venue in Lansdowne on Sunday 8 September.

The event was organised by the Shumeez Scott Foundation. The foundation, based in Mitchell’s Plain, is named after the current holder of the Miss Magnificent Woman Icon (MWI) International title.

The foundation caters for children and young adults who are living with Down Syndrome. It empowers them by teaching them beauty treatment skills such as massage, manicures and pedicures.

The guests attending the pageant were all dressed in black to highlight gender-based violence and to honour the women and children who have lost their lives.

Just before getting on stage to be crowned, Aliyah mentioned she felt a little nervous but added she’d “quickly get over it”.

This is not the first time the Grade 8 Lentegeur High School learner has won a title. She is the current Miss Princess with a Purpose.

She’s also multi-talented: in 2018 she got an honours award for her solo performance at the Western Cape Drama Eisteddfod.

Aliyah said the crown meant a great deal to her but urged people to look beyond beauty and the crown.

“It is not about the crown or the title. It’s about proving to the world that, by believing in myself and God, I can achieve anything.”

She thanked her grandmother Amina Haron and mother Moezena Toyer for always being there for her, supporting her in everything she does.

She started a project called Ariella Project that sponsors disadvantaged children who want to get a foot in the modelling industry.

They make sure children are dressed appropriately and even assist with travel expenses if the competition is taking place elsewhere.

Aliyah hosts fundraising initiatives in her area to raise money for the project.

Moezena said she felt blessed to have a daughter with such a big heart. She congratulated Aliyah on her special day and vowed to always support her. “I am very proud of her. A year ago I would not have thought this would be possible but here we are, celebrating,” she said.

Also present to show his support and congratulate Aliyah was Pastor Jeffrey Phillips from Burning Bush Prophetic Ministries in Lentegeur.

He said he is a big fan of Aliyah.

“When I first met Aliyah, she blew me away. I spoke to her grandmother and I told her she (Aliyah) would go far in life.”

He added that she should not allow anyone to make her lose focus.

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