The annual Mr and Miss UFS Campus was held at Kovsie Church on Saturday, 27 July. This initiative was started by two pageant competition winners, Mienke van Rooyen (Former Miss Free State) and Stefan Lotter (Former Mr Rag).
Van Rooyen and Lotter told Bloemfontein Courant that the inspiration behind the Mr and Miss Campus came from their love for the industry, and as there was a need on campus, they decided to launch an empowerment and leadership project in the form of a pageant, at the same time adding their love for glitz and glamour to the platform.
The winners of this year’s competition are driven students of the UFS. Noella Mbuyi, a third year BCom Accounting student won the Miss UFS Campus title and said what inspired her is her fascination with pageants. According to her, she lacked self-confidence until she joined Ace Models and was motivated by the outgoing Miss Campus’s self-confidence and how she worked to become the person she was. Mbuyi decided she needed to become part of this amazing brand helping to build the youth, encouraging them to follow their dreams and going after what they believe in.
Victor Uwah, third year BSc Food Science and Biochemistry student, won Mr UFS Campus. “I did not believe that I had the capacity to enter. I tried it and went through to the semi-finals. The one thing that kept me going, is the fact that I realised that this is such a powerful and growing experience,” Uwah said.
The title holders of this year both have big plans up their sleeves. This platform has opened doors for them to do anything that is beneficial to the student culture and their well-being. Mbuyi and Uwah said they want to create a platform where students can be themselves, without any social backlash.
The two were overwhelmed with joy and described being crowned as a powerful, surreal feeling. They want to motivate any student who has the potential to enter the competition and their advice is: “Be yourself and know that every obstacle is a growing experience which allows you to become the best version of yourself.”