THE Face of Port Shepstone beauty pageant finalists participated in the national 10-day mourning programme for the late international struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Friday.Spokesperson for the Phumlani M Foundation, the company behind the beauty pageant, and event co-ordinator, Sne Khuzwayo said the models participated to show their appreciation to Madikizela-Mandela for her influential role during the apartheid struggle.As the first black qualified social worker employed at Baragwanath Hospital during her era, Madikizela-Mandela demonstrated that perseverance and persistence to a course rendered results, she said.From Madikizela-Mandela, the Face of Port Shepstone models said they took most the lessons of not allowing societal stereotypes and patriarchy to inhibit one’s progress in reaching their goals.“This influential yet stylish visionary demonstrated utter maternal love to the nation as a whole as well as to her own children,” said Khuzwayo.“Being in the beauty and modelling industry, the contestants tend to be viewed as materialistic and are often objectified. The world tends to ignore the fact that modelling is an art, a form of expression and a tool for self worth. “The models feel they strongly relate to Mama Winnie’s sense of style and beauty as she graced various platforms with her doek [head scarf] which showed she embraced her cultural background,” said Khuzwayo. Mzobe said he admired the models’ participation in the initiative. He encouraged them to learn from the obstacles they faced as well as the mistakes they made along the way and not be defined by them.A special commemoration will be made to Madikizela-Mandela during the main event to be held at the Gamalakhe TVET College on May 19. — Supplied.