Beauty with purpose

AN AFRICAN QUEEN: Asonele Mlenze in her traditional costume was the winner of the inaugural Blacktoti beauty pageant that was held at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday Picture: SUPPLIED

You just need to be confident. That is how you convince judges you are the fairest of them all.” Asonele Mlenze, who was crowned the first Miss Blacktoti on Saturday, said she had to learn to be confident in herself and her abilities.

This was my second pageant. The first time I did not win, but I did not let that deter me. The judges told me I had to be more confident in myself.”

The Ngcobo-based queen is currently studying at WSU doing a bachelor of education and said she wants to use her reign to encourage the youth to reach for their dreams.

A lot of young people fall into social ills because they feel there is nothing to do. I want them to know that anything is possible. Everyone has something to offer and they can take steps to try and achieve their goals,” said Mlenze.

The Blacktoti beauty pageant, which was held at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Complex, was an elegant event attended by contestants from as far as Mzimkhulu in KwaZulu Natal.

There were 19 finalists including 10 bachelors with Wonga Godlimpi from Butterworth crowned king. The night included performances by local artists like Asanda ‘Bianca’ Maqhina, who entertained the audience with dance and music.

Mlenze was crowned queen with Ovayo Ntloko from Ilinge and Asemahle Tshemese from Machibini as first and second princesses respectively. Godlimpi’s first and second princes were Zukisa Ngcobo and Mihle Mbenyana who are both from Sada.

We wanted to make a positive spectacle that the whole family could enjoy and I think we achieved that,” said Qaqamba Mtebele, spokesperson of Bkacktoti.

We also wanted to introduce Blacktoti to the community of Komani and this was the first of the outreach programs we will be doing in the community.

Blacktoti provides a variety of services and products. We initiated our non-profit side to help alleviate some of the negative issues that affect communities such as youth unemployment, substance abuse and mental health issues,” said Mtebele.

The queen and king walked away with career guidance, personal branding, personal growth and community involvement packages which will take place on a mentorship basis.

Mtebele said they were happy with the way the night went: “There were hiccups but people pulled through. There was a lot of community support with people who helped right on the day.

We extend special thanks to Ken Clark from Twizza and the rest of our partners which included Cecil Printers, Miselo Tours, Mathiso Transport and Trading, Kingdom Connexion and many others.”

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