Popular beauty pageant takes a bow

2018-06-07 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedFounder and president of the PhumlaniM foundation Phumlani Mzobe.

PHOTO: suppliedFounder and president of the PhumlaniM foundation Phumlani Mzobe.

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THE creative director and passionate founder of the Face of Port Shepstone (formally known as Mr and Miss Gamalakhe), Phumlani Mzobe, has made a shocking announcement, confirming that the competition has seen its last crowning.

The decision was not an easy one and it was reached after various factors were taken into serious consideration. The PhumlaniM Foundation has played its role and contributed to the youth development in the South Coast community and its surroundings. The growth of these pageants can be attributed to attracting countless hopefuls who come from various places such as Durban, Harding and Bizana in the Eastern Cape.

This pageant has been very instrumental in contributing to and impacting positively on the individual growth of the contestants.

It beams the organisation rays of pride to see its previous entrants and winners escalating their dreams in the industry by opening modelling schools and embracing bigger modelling platforms, with some having attained national and international titles and exposure.

The original idea behind the beauty and lifestyle pageant was to instil the notion of maintaining healthy bodies and thus restoring the self-confidence of young hopefuls, and simultaneously encouraging them to look good and presentable at all times.

The commendable introduction of the plus-size modelling category (Miss Fabulicious) was aimed at changing the landscape of how beauty is perceived in society. This allowed the world to embrace “fuller” bodies and do away with the stereotypical trend of senseless body shaming. This resulted from PhumlaniM Foundation noticing a disastrous lack in self-confidence in the youth, which in turn, had detrimental effects and led to poor-decision making.

Modelling, being a tool that positively affects people’s confidence levels, brightens the wider spectrum of life in its entirety. Models have been encouraged to study and pursue their dreams and as such, a large number of young people have grown in the Port Shepstone region who can offer academic and social development strategies.

The foundation has decided to direct more focus, time and resources to grow and spread positivity in the lives of many through various other projects and initiatives that will include the revitalisation of Black Suit Gentlemen’s Club, Her to Her Connect, an empowerment platform for young women, school visits for career planning; and guidance purposes that will also include interventions on critical subjects and donations to charity organisations.


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