Now, I’m not one for beauty pageant, nonetheless, I accepted the invite to the 2017 Schwartzkopf Professional Mrs South Africa which was held on the 21st of October 2016.
It’s just after 5PM my cousin & I are getting ready for the event, fretting over every little detail as though we were one of the contestants. Three outfits later, we’re ready to go.
There’s something about Emperors Palace that just oozes luxury & excitement at the same time, if you’re all dressed up like we were – it’s the perfect place to be. Less than an hour later, we take our seats and the show begins.
After a few minutes of entertainment from “1st Project” – the ladies walk onto the stage ever so confidently in their beautiful Khosi Nkosi outfits their garments varied from “hot pants” (yup, hot pants) to “boob tube dresses” items any woman would give anything to wear. Other designers that were featured included; swimsuits by Miraclesuit, beautiful everyday wear by international clothing brand Joseph Ribkoff, glamorous evening wear by Wena Day & Anel Botha. Host for the evening, Minnie Dlamini was outstanding as always.
It was very empowering & inspiring to watch these beautiful women who are married, some are working mums – to be so confident & happy in their skin. To be that hot in your late 30’s or 40’s is just amazing! Usually, a negative picture is painted about how your body changes once you’re mum, it gave me such hope to know that one day after 2, 3 or 4 kids (kidding) I too can be comfortable in my skin & be a HOT MAMA, it is possible!
I mean look at Mrs World, our very own Candice Abrahams – hot as can be! Sometimes we doubt ourselves & get carried away with the day to day stuff that we forget to appreciate or motivate ourselves to achieve those other goals that seem impossible to achieve. Mrs South Africa is one of those contests that takes any woman out of their comfort zone. #VivaToHotWorkingMamas
The evening, unfortunately, came to an end & the top 3 were chosen! Hlengiwe Twala (37) was crowned as the 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Mrs South Africa – what a gem. Olwethu Leshabane (26) was crowned the first princess and Lilliana Lulli-Marruchi (32) won the second princess.
My cousin & I also had the privilege of having breakfast with the top 25 finalists. All I can say is, WOW! To be surrounded by such greatness, women that not only love one another but also celebrate each other was inspiring. It got me thinking about my journey as a wife, a future mum but, most of a all a woman in South Africa.
The energy in the room was of excitement & it was infectious. Mrs South Africa is not just a beauty pageant; it is a woman empowerment platform. Phumeza & I were sitting amongst movers & shakers and, we took it all in.
Hlengiwe Twala had the opportunity to say a few words at the breakfast. She is such a gem – a confident, poised woman amongst other things & yes, she is Mrs South Africa. She took the time to thank her family, my heart melted when she thanked her hubs, saying he said to her “…Sthandwa, you are a force…” Aww, love!
Hlengiwe jets off later this week to represent South Africa in the Mrs World pageant.
There were a few awards handed out at the breakfast as the ladies have been hard at work since the beginning of the year.
- Mrs Charity: Claire Gardiner (Claire raised R160 000 individually for CANSA, the finalists collectively raised R1 130 904 – AMAZING)
- Woman Empowerment: Ephy Mathebula
Congratulations to all the ladies you are fantastic!
Back row: (left to right) Tamzin Vassanjee , Rebekah Van Rooyen -Krossynski, Corrine Cornelissen , Shelley Loots, Christy Haefele, Olwethu Leshabane ,Margy Pretorius , Levinia Arran, Trice Mazwi, Lebitso Ramphore , Simone Schroeter. Second row: (left to right) Maritsa Gouws, Claire Gardiner, Trisha Poona, Shadi Chauke, Melony Naidoo, Bright Ntuli – Kunene, Lilliana Lulli-Marucchi, Lungi Hlatshwayo, Hlengiwe Twala. Front row: (left to right) Rone’ Verster, Ephy Mathebula, Teneille White, Martina Schoen, Semone Skosan
Get to know the contestants a little better here:www.mrssouthafrican.co.za/top-25