Viva Rolene! Viva Miss World! Viva Kovsie!

2014-12-14 17:39

Beauty pageants are quite frowned upon in the world that we live in today. The biggest question people ask is whether or not they are relevant and serve a real purpose. I say that these pageants are important for the development of women across the world. I am not writing this because Miss South Africa became Miss World, but I am writing this due to the fact that I have been exposed to what good can come out of these pageants.

An important aspect with these pageants is the confidence factor. I am going to bring this down to our immediate community which is South Africa in this case but this is also applicable on a global scale. Confidence is something women need to be able to push society to accept them as their equals and what I have seen from these pageants in the modern era is the shift away from making it about looks but rather making it about the passion and drive to change communities for the better. This is rather important looking at our imbalances that we face in South Africa. In a country faced with many challenges, we need these beacons of hope that we can hold onto to aspire to grow as a nation.

Pageants give more women a chance at being noticed for their talents and more often, these women end up going into the business world and challenging ideals and winning battles that have plagued women in that world. More women get inspired to take up arms and enter these worlds which are dominated by men. Women in a South African context are usually bread winners in their homes and opportunities like pageants can be used as a stepping stone into providing for those families. We have seen this in recent years where pageant winners have made their way onto our television screens and radio waves. It is a way to develop and grow the impact of women, especially in a country where many inequalities are seen on a daily basis.

Just lastly, bringing it back to the University of the Free State (UFS), this is a victory for an institution that has been previously plagued by a dark past. As a student at this institution, I am extremely proud pf what my fellow Kovsie has achieved and hope we will carry on in this fashion as students from the UFS. Rolene Strauss is not just a Kovsie, and also not just a normal South African, she is a holistic global citizen!

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