The Bean Boozled Challenge with Shelbe Pretorius

2017-04-14 06:22

I asked the beautiful and extremely intellectual Shelbe Pretorius a few questions and at the end we decided to do something a little fun, we did the bean boozled challenge. Take a look:


Tell us more about Flair Promotional Models?

I started Flair (PTY) Ltd when I was 19 years old, after high school I was scouted to work in India on a Bollywood production. Although it was a great experience, it just wasn’t for me. I saw the opportunity to start sending South African girls to work abroad and that’s how I started my agency. I then expanded our portfolio to work within the South African market, providing full house event staffing from waitresses, cleaners to dancers, hostesses etc., we also specialize in part-time and full job recruitment.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I definitely see myself married (I hope) haha with a family. I am very old school when it comes to certain traditions and marriage has always been a very big priority for me. I would also like to start my very own charity initiative – Charity work has always been a big part of my life and I have always been active in various charities and initiatives. I would also like to see my business grow.

Why did you enter Miss South Africa?

I entered Miss South Africa purely for the platform- I knew if I truly wanted to make a difference on a larger scale that I would need a bigger platform to do so, the opportunities that presents itself is entirely up to you and your ability to bring about change. I ultimately wanted to create awareness of who I am and what I wished to achieve for our country, there are so many people who want to do good but just don’t know how, I wanted to make the public more of aware that everyone has the ability to give back and make a difference in some way.

Do you think women empowerment platforms are important to South Africans?

Yes, I do believe such platforms are important for woman in South Africa and World-wide for that matter. Although I have always been a strong believer in “Empower others to ultimately empower themselves”, I have always told woman that we can’t be fixated on the term “woman empowerment” and trying to prove others that we have rights and are capable of more than what society deems us. We should shift focus on knowing we are empowered; we have nothing to prove. The most dangerous woman is the one who knows she has power and knows how to use it- Empower yourself ladies!

What advice do you have for the thousands of young women who look up to you?

The greatest advice I can give is; Know who you are and believe in what you stand for, never waver your morals or values to try fit in. Don’t conform to what you think society finds “Beautiful”, your beauty is unique and a gift from God. Practice self-acceptance every day and never compare yourself to someone else. You are capable of achieving anything you set your mind to if you focus on running your own race and staying in your own lane. Life is beautiful, don’t waste time on the things that don’t add value to you, surround yourself with people who believe in the same things you do. Never give up and enjoy the ride.

How did it feel being invited back to your old high school to talk to the students?

It was a wonderful experience; it was also an opportunity to give advice to “my younger self” and it is always rewarding for me to spend time with individuals who are interested in growing and learning, I always say if you have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life then that is a priceless gift.

Your home town is Krugersdorp, what is the best part of being from there?

I love Krugersdorp purely because of the people and the scenic views (we form part of the Cradle of humankind) - Everyone is so friendly and they truly take the time to invest themselves into your life, From the petrol attendant to the waitress at my favorite coffee shop, I could tell you everything about them and vice versa. I cherish that!

Claudia Henkel, the PR manager of Sun International said you would be a

magnificent ambassador for South Africa, why do you think you would be that


What a wonderful compliment! I think I do make a great ambassador for our country because I can truly say that South Africans appreciate openness, vulnerability, and realness and that is just who I am naturally. I was raised in home where I was never taught to see color, gender or culture for me it is purely about love. My ability to love and show love to others has always been one of the gifts I am most thankful for, I wish our diversity would unite us as South Africans and not divide us. My willingness to serve has always been unstoppable and fueled by my passion for our country and love for our people.

What is your favorite quote?

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou

What was the best part of the Miss SA experience?   

The best part of my journey was the platform it gave me and although I may not have walked away with the crown, I walked away with the most precious friendships and sisters for life; I will utilize the platform for what I believe is my purpose.

Tell us more about your charity work?        

I started ‘serving’ from the age of 9, I grew up with a family who taught me how to serve and the importance of giving back, and these values were embedded in me from a young age. I am associated with various charities. I am currently a committee member at House Jade which is a baby haven for abandoned and orphaned toddlers and babies, last year I dedicated myself as a volunteer youth teacher at the West Rand School which is a school for children with disabilities and specials needs. I am also an ambassador for ARK (Acts of Random kindness) where the key principle is teaching people how to give back and be generous, we are currently busy with a few school campaigns which I am super excited about. I am also involved with ‘Grow your life” -we place libraries in rural areas around South Africa. There are so many charities that I have been a part of and still involving myself in.

How important is faith in your life?

Faith is everything in my life; In fact, it is the center of my being. Without my faith I wouldn’t be who I am today.

What is your biggest achievement to date?

My biggest achievement has not been what I have done but who I have become, I am excited about my future and my growth as a person. My “material” achievements can never compare with the achievement that comes with self-growth and knowing who you are

What is the ultimate goal for Shelbe Pretorius?

Ultimate goal: To have my own woman empowerment classes incorporated with pageantry , I want to give woman a new outlook on pageants because stepping onto stage on national TV gave me such empowerment regardless of the outcome- My vision for the classes will be to inspire young woman to accept and love themselves and assisting them in discovering their purpose, the classes will also incorporate basic etiquette, how to dress to suit your body and personality, empowering and equipping them for their future through the word of God. Of course having a loving, supportive husband is also my ultimate goal along with a healthy family.

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