- The Miss Soweto 2020 top 20 finalists have been announced.
- Twenty eager finalists will take to the stage of the Soweto Theatre on 28 November.
- Previous titleholders include Basetsana Khumalo and Lerato Kganyago.
A firm favourite on the Soweto social and entertainment calendar since 1979, the pageant will enter its fifth decade with a contemporary set.
Twenty eager finalists will take to the stage of the Soweto Theatre on 28 November to compete for the coveted titles of #MissSoweto2020, First Princess, Second Princess, Miss Personality, Miss Photogenic and People's Choice Award.
The event will be judged by broadcaster, businesswoman and 2002 Miss South Africa runner-up, Bridget Masinga, and former fashion editor and blogger, Grace Mantjiu, and renowned singer/songwriter Judith Sephuma.
As always, it will air live on Soweto TV so that everyone can be part of the excitement.
Previous titleholders include Basetsana Khumalo, who was Miss Soweto in 1990; the CEO and Founder of The Image Firm, Doris Msibi, who wore the crown in 2000; and DJ and media personality, Lerato Kganyago, who took the coveted title in 2005.
The finalists will go through a series of workshops to enhance their grooming skills, hone their fashion sense, and train them in the finer points of etiquette and professionalism. It's a treat of a lifetime for the participants and, for many, a life-changing experience.
The reigning Miss Soweto, Musawenkosi Gumede, says the pageant was an important turning point in her life and has set her on the path to becoming everything she can be.
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Little did I know the plans my “intruders” had for me. To much of my disappointment, I started bleeding heavily from January - March 2019. I had an 82 day period. Which is entirely abnormal so we will just say hemorrhaging, so the medics don’t bite my head off. I was disoriented at work; couldn’t keep anything down. And I went back from trusting in my future to seeing it slipping before my very eyes. It turns out whilst hormonal treatment might be effective in regulating your period, it may fail in killing off the “intruders”. They were directly feeding off my bloodstream and hormonal treatment couldn’t interfere with that , so they grew. The larger they grew the more lethal they become; the more I lost blood. So I decided to go under knife and get rid of them. Surgery went well. Despite some complications, I made out in one peice. Whilst I was delighted to have gotten rid of my fibroids, the fight had only just began. The fight to regain myself confidence and reintroduce myself again. The mental and physical changes that come with this are life changing. I had to learn to love my scars and embrace my journey. I went from a skinny women to having extra skin in places I never thought possible. These changes were extremely difficult because of the industry I found myself in. I am a model, active in beauty pageants. I looked at that world and my reality and decided I didn’t belong anymore. For the most part it felt like it decided for me. I was now, bulky... and for a while I hated the way I looked. Forgetting that in all this I had conquered something that could have easily killed me and yet my worry was if I was beautiful enough?! ?? With a great deal of support from my family, friends, colleagues and role models I started to fall in love with myself. The journey is not absolute. I am still affirming that love even till this day... Last year I had just enough of it re-enter Miss Soweto 2019. I kid you not, if it could be measured it would be just half a teaspoon of assuredness. That was enough.Today I am the 40th White Star Miss Soweto. Proud to stand for the community that continues to raise the very essence of the women I am. * * Part 3 on next post.
"There has never been better opportunities for women," she says. "We're defining our own reality and rising courageously to define our own space in the world. Winning the pageant was incredibly empowering for me and will propel my career forward for many years to come. My sincere wish is that one of this year's contestants will be able to benefit from the experience in the same way that I have."
As always, community involvement is an intrinsic part of the event, and White Star will invite fans around the country to help choose the People's Choice Award.
Voting will open on 27 October - 27 November, giving everyone a chance to make their selection. To vote for your favourite contestant, simply say 'hi' on WhatsApp using the number 087 153 1007 or click through to the White Star online voting platform - and include the unique number allocated to your pick. Fans can vote up to five times per unique cellphone.