BLOEMFONTEIN-The beauty pageant designed for curvy and shapely models, Miss and Mrs Plus Size is Me South Africa, proves to have the charm too. Finalists from the Free State vying for the coveted title for unmarried women are already shaping up for the big stage for 2018, in an event held for the second year. The twelve finalists from the Free State and other ladies across South Africa were announced in November.
This year’s final round, in which the top three will be crowned, is on 7 April. The finalists from the Free State will compete among the top 23 finalists from across South Africa. According to the initiator of the pageant, Mokone Chief Leeuw (chief executive officer), this beauty pageant for curvy women is gradually gaining popularity. “It is attracting interest among candidates across South Africa.
I have received enquiries from women in the neighbouring countries. For now, the focus is on South Africa and the winner will represent South Africa next year in Atlanta, Georgia,"said Leeuw. He added:"the pageant is about self worth and appreciation.As much as slender,thin or fat or curvy should be part of the celebration of who we are."
“The pageant is giving women in this category the opportunity to showcase their talent and to embrace themselves as models having the same qualities as the opposite.
“It is also opening doors for curvy women in the modelling industry,” said Leeuw. Last year's finalists were from Free State,North West,Mpumalanga Limpopo and Eastern Cape.