It is nothing like that at all; we are so far off the mark. And I am here to enlighten you, to correct your way of thinking, to put you back on the right path and to give you the truth....
These women (and gents) do this to give themselves the platform from which they then can empower, build educate, create awareness and help, they are remarkable people, and we do not give them nearly enough credit.
For the past two events, I have been asked to be the official photographer of the crowning of Mrs/ Miss/ and Mr KZN.
When I did it last year I was too wrapped up in my own insecurity and had my own issues and struggles that I was going through to fully appreciate the extraordinary event that I was actually privileged to be invited to be a part of,
This year my focus has shifted to “making the isness my business” and I was able to drink it all in, to fully hear and see what these organisations are really about.
Saturday I was off on my merry little way to Sibaya to photograph the crowning Gala, I did a mini beauty portrait shoot of the contestants that wanted it then I had some downtime where I got stuck into helping with the preparation, and I got to have coffee with and chat to last year’s Miss KZN Rodee Verburg, along with the Role models foundation and Juanita Smit, they are doing the most incredible work in the community, beauty queens who are willing to kick off their shoes and get their hands dirty and work with the people from all walks of the community. They can go from tiaras to gumboots with the blink of an eye and they do it with a grateful humble heart.
These pageants are all organised and run by the Role models foundation, based in Capetown. They use these pageants and other contests to raise funds for their community projects around the country, building pre-primary schools for the little ones who would otherwise be running around the streets, now they are being given education and a solid grounding so that when they do go to school they will have a great kick-start.
Respect these amazing people, they have earned it, and they do it in heels!!! If you are wanting to aid and help and assist the remarkable work this foundation is doing please contact them and i know for a fact they will be so grateful! https://www.facebook.com/RolemodelsFoundation