Top 25 finalist empowers through art

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Sumaiya Omar is a top 25 finalist in Mrs South Africa.
Sumaiya Omar is a top 25 finalist in Mrs South Africa.

As Wednesday 18 March draws near – the date on which the new Mrs South Africa 2021 will be announced – top 25 finalist Sumaiya Omar says she can feel the excitement steadily building.

“I feel quite calm at the moment, I have made peace with God in knowing that it is all in God’s favour,” says Omar.

The award-winning wedding cake artist and teacher says she was overwhelmed with gratitude and happiness when she was chosen as a top 25 finalist at Mrs South Africa Summer Soiree on Friday 13 November last year.

Her reason for entering the competition, the southern suburbs resident says, is because she feels there is a bigger and deeper purpose for her – to serve, uplift and empower others. “If I could use one word to describe the Mrs South Africa platform, it would be empowerment. It begins the moment a semi-finalist joins the platform. From talks with previous contestants to various entrepreneurs, mentors and speakers, the semi-finalists are nurtured and mentored throughout,” she says.

The semi-finalists are encouraged to visit schools in the under-privileged areas of the country and educate young girls in life skills.

“Apart from being a wedding cake artist, I mentor and teach students about art. It is more ‘empowerment’ through art as the students learn to discover who they are, find their strengths and, hopefully, leave with a refreshed lease on life.”

Omar says should she attain the title, she would love to build her advocacy against gender-based violence in working with the government to get to the heart of the problem. “I feel like mental health awareness is a catalyst to assisting many issues and would like for there to be more facilities to help our people.”

The 37-year-old adds that she would also like to take the Mrs South Africa platform to an even bigger level.

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