Theresho Makwiya: Miss Africa finalist is a township girl with an African dream

MOKGADI RABOSHAKGA

LIMPOPO-born beauty queen Theresho Makwiya is looking forward to taking the continent by storm after making it to the finals of the Miss Africa Continent beauty pageant.

The 25-year-old from Lebowakgomo, outside Polokwane, says although she is excited to be part of the continent’s largest pageant, she never thought she would make it to the finals.

“I was introduced to Miss Africa on Facebook, by the director Carolyn Baldwin. She encouraged me and said she thought I was fit to be a contestant. I entered three days before the closing date, so I was very lucky to make it to the finals as I didn’t have time to prepare,” said Makwiya

Miss Africa Continent is an annual international beauty pageant run by ProAct Communications, along with Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth contests.

“We have been doing a lot of charity work and that opened my eyes to a whole new world and the importance of giving back. You don’t just wait and be pretty but you put in the work and empower yourself as a woman,” she said.

Makwiya was first introduced to pageants in Lebowakgomo when she was 16 years old. Most Parents are not always supportive of their daughters joining beauty contests but Makwiya said it was the opposite for her.

“My mother is the one who actually introduced me to the pageant world. I started by competing in community pageants at home. My parents were super supportive; they are the ones that told me to go for it. I am thankful to have parents like them,” she said.

The full-time nursing student is debunking the myth; “beauty without brains”. She said even if she wins, she would stay committed to her studies and complete her course.

“I just finished doing my nursing practices in June and I took a lot of time off to focus on Miss Africa. I, however, don’t just want to be a beauty queen, I want to add education to the equation,” adds Makwiya.

She also emphasised that it is important for young aspiring beauty queens to squash the negative idea perpetuated by the beauty pageant industry that you have to look a certain way to be defined as beautiful.

“It is important to take care yourself and health, but do not focus on fitting a certain image.

“What I love about Miss Africa is that it doesn’t discriminate against any body type, skin colour or hair. You come as you are, be yourself and do you,” she adds.

Makwiya said she is looking forward to the finals and said she believes that she has what it takes to scoop the crown.

“I believe in myself. I am aiming for that crown and I want to bring it back to Limpopo and people should keep on voting, by SMSing Miss08 to 47018!” she says excitedly.

Miss Africa 2017 will be crowned on the 5th of November in the North West province.

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