She is small in stature, but huge in personality, Thandolwethu Mabuza walked away with the her school’s most beautiful girl award in Marite, Bushbuckridge. The 14-year old primary school learner was crowned with the local community in attendance.
Event organiser, Rachael Moloto, said she started the pageant two years ag, with the aim to teach and nurture future models. She told NewsHorn that it had a huge positive effect on the lives of these girls and it provided a platform to them to give back to their communities. “To be a model it means you need to have a heart to care, a hand for help and beauty to inspire,” Moloto said. She also said that her aim is to teach rural area’s young women good morals and prepare them for the outside world.
The Esther Matsabe Foundation (EMF) founder, Locrecia Mkhabela, said many children living in rural areas such as Marite have all the attributes to become models. “They only lack a role model who will inspire, motivate and train them to be what they want to be,” Matsabe said.
“The EMF is here to help those girls and to guide them to make the right decisions. We want to teach them that it is possible to reach their dreams. Anything is possible, even in rural areas if you know which doors to knock on. We would be working with primary schools and ensure these talented young girls reach their goals,” she said.
The newly beauty queen said winning the competition had encouraged her to take modelling as a career seriously. “I never thought I will win the competition because I was competing with fellow learners whom I thought were better than me. That is why I am considering to follow the model route as a career,” said this humble girl.