Celebrating Namibian women

The beauty pageant for curvaceous Namibian women is back for its second instalment.

18 April 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Speaking at the pageant's media launch last Friday, Margo Ruski, founder and organiser of the event, announced that this year's Miss Plus Size Namibia will take place on Saturday, 22 June 2019 at the Kovambo Hall at the Khomas Regional Council in Windhoek.

This year, the pageant will see a total of 12 contestants all hailing from different regions in Namibia, vying for the crown.

Ruski shared that Miss Plus Size Namibia is a beauty pageant for curvy local women. It was founded in 2018 and focuses mainly on the elimination of body-shaming and the associated psychological effects on curvy women in our society, through the celebration of body diversity and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

“We look forward to crowning the best beauty queen. A queen who is elegant, well-versed and graceful. Someone capable of breeding self-confidence in others, with the ability to inspire people to work together as a team to reach for common objectives,” said Ruski.

As part of the preparations for the Miss Plus Size Namibia grand finale, organisers will be hosting a gala dinner on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 which will be graced by renowned speakers and an innovative presentation from the contestants.

Tickets to the gala dinner are going for N$1 000 per person and a table of 10 for N$10 000.

Frans Ugwanga, the creative director of Trending World, the public relations company that has been trusted to do the pageant's PR told tjl that Miss Plus Size Namibia is more than a beauty pageant.

“It's a social entrepreneurship initiative that is creating employment for the models. In addition, the pageant is uplifting and supporting plus-sized women and eliminating body shaming on plus-sized women in our societies.”

“Trending World is very proud and grateful to work with a meaningful and tangible brand like Miss Plus Size Namibia and we hope to work with them on more projects in the future,” added Ugwanga.

Motivating why she entered the pageant, one of the contestants for this year Hilma Kanhu told tjil she strives to be a reminder that just because you are plus-sized does not mean you are not phenomenal enough to things to change the world.

“I was enticed by what the pageant stands for and promotes,” said Kanhu.

Tickets to the second annual MSPN are available countrywide at Webtickets at all Pick n Pay stores.



MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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