Siwaphiwe Sonyabashe from Tsomo has stepped out of her comfort zone and was recently announced as one of the Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa semi-finalists for 2020.
The semi-finalists in this year’s edition recently received their sashes during a national live casting in Pretoria.
Sonyabashe, who will soon celebrate five years of marriage, said the journey had been overwhelming yet exciting. “I think it is time we make women aware about this pageant. I have gained a lot and have stepped out of my comfort zone. I have faced my challenges and fears and I think I will overcome them because this movement is not just a beauty pageant, but an empowerment programme for young married women.”
This being her first beauty pageant, the mother of two is ready to conquer the stage and advance in the competition. “As a semi-finalist, you are expected to be an example to the outside world and are expected to raise funds for charity. As much as it is a pageant, the focus is on charity work,” she said.
Sonyabashe said she was motivated by the likes of Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi who hails from Tsolo and Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa 2019 finalist Shirley Jones-Ndaba of Komani. “The fact that Zozibini Tunzi is now Miss Universe emphasises that even if you are from the rural areas anything that you pursue is possible. The perception in our society is that beauty pageants are for people in the urban areas and we want to phase that out.
“I appeal to everyone to please vote for me by liking the Mrs South Africa Facebook page and also like my picture on that page and share it. This is the only voting platform thus far in the competition. More details are yet to follow. People can also follow me on Facebook. My username is Siwa Sanesh Sonyabashe,” she said.
After embarking on four months of mentorship and empowerment programmes including fundraising events, the 25 finalists will be announced in June.