I think we are afraid to take up space. We are afraid to be amazing. As soon as that fear leaves us and we start building that confidence of being unapologetic about being great, then i think we can get into that space of having a lot of women leaders who are just fearless.
Isn’t it incredible how, you know, people have to fight to look like themselves. It’s so crazy to me.
I’m so grateful to have been able to go to the world and tell the story of South African women and South African children. As I stood there for Miss Universe, I spoke about leadership and I spoke about empowering young women and young boys as well.
I think the most important thing… is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young women and girls for a very long time, not because we don’t want to but because of what society has labeled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity.
I think women should be in women’s corner even more, wherever… across the world, women need to be in each other’s corners.
I have been feeling the love of South Africans since I got crowned Miss South Africa, even before going to Miss Universe. Because of that, while I was walking on the Miss Universe stage, I knew that I was there as one body, but as I stood on that stage, I stood as millions of South Africans.
Women are not one-dimensional, we come in different shapes and sizes, and we are all equally beautiful.
The platform Miss Universe has given me has exceeded my wildest expectations.
Every time people ask me, ‘Did you know that you would be Miss Universe?’, my answer is, ‘I didn’t know that I would be Miss Universe because I didn’t know it was possible for someone like me.’
I believe that beauty means being comfortable with who you are.
My grandmother probably never thought she would see a day where, you know, a young black woman would be seen as a leader, which is incredible.
Society has been conditioned for a very long time to see beauty as something that’s been westernised.
I want the men of our nation to stand and take a stand against gender based violence.
When you leave home, then you leave with the possibility of not returning.
If learners do not have a roof under which they can learn we are already setting them up for failure.
People speak about diversity and representation like the world is ready. But when it actually happens, people can’t take change. They can’t deal with it. Which is why we have things like cyberbullying, which is why people will send you nasty DMs, say nasty things in your comments. Because they’re just not dealing with it, they’re not ready.
As Miss South Africa, I cannot wait to make a contribution to important social causes.
I believe that every single person was brought into this world for a purpose and that we should never leave the world as we found it, we should always strive to make a positive change.
It was a question I got asked often from my friends when they heard I had entered Miss S.A. – ‘will you get a weave?’ I always said I haven’t changed myself before so why should I now change for a competition?
For as long as I can remember, I always knew that I had to do something extraordinary with my life.
I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair, was never considered to be beautiful.
Coming from the Eastern Cape, it’s one of the most poverty-stricken provinces in the country, so whether it be in education or something else, I’d like to go directly there and help because I’ve seen it first-hand and experienced it.
Being black has been put in such a negative light. For such a long time, being black has been criminalized, but being black is something that I should be proud of because we have so many black people who have accomplished so many amazing things in the world.
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