Hundreds of supporters filled up Protea Hall at Showgate last night (6 October 2019) where the crowning of Miss Glamorous Free State 2020 took place. What can be described as a glamorous event where local designers, socialites, models and supporters from right across the country came together to celebrate the one-of-a-kind pageant founded by the Dipalesa Pitchov Foundation.
The 19-year-old first-year LLB student from the University of the Free State, Wandile Msibi, walked away with the crown as she was crowned Miss Glamorous Free State 2020. Msibi is from Harrismith in the Free State Province and she is also the founder of the Wandile Msibi Foundation, non-profit organisation (NPO) that aims to inspire and stimulate greatness in the lives of the youth.
The 25-year-old Tsholofelo Oageng was crowned 1st Princess and is a Civil Engineer and part-time photographer.
Second Princess, Roslyn Meyer, is a 21-year-old that is currently pursuing her degree at the University of the Free State towards becoming a judge.
According to founder, Pitchov Ngombe, the pageant, with the challenges, was a four-month journey filled with hard work, fun and growth. “We focused on personal brand development and took part in various programmes such as entrepreneurial training, adopt a “girl child” (where we mentor girls) and engaged with our respective communities,” said Ngombe.
This year, Miss Glamorous Free State joined hands with Free State Fashion Week, founded by Candy Smith. According to Ngombe, supporting local talent inspires young minds and creates a sense of culture. “Local talent is the core of a healthy functioning society and economy. It is important to collaborate and elevate those around to ensure sustainable self-owned businesses and the success of our entrepreneurs,” Ngombe added.
Local designers had the crowd on their feet with their stunning garments, while local models from the city owned the runway.
Miss Glamorous Free State reminded the finalists about the importance of hard work and a good work ethic. Time management, appearance, etiquette, business mindedness and many other skills were incorporated into the programme. It’s more than just a pageant.
PIERCE VAN HEERDEN