Nadja shares her plans

Following her crowning last Saturday at the Windhoek Country Club Resort, tjil got an opportunity to chat to the new queen about her plans.

12 July 2019 | Art and Entertainment

There are so many people out in the world who are constantly driving themselves towards their desired dreams. To drive means to take control and one such individual is Miss Namibia 2019, Nadja Breytenbach, who has a tight grip on the steering wheel of destiny.

When you first take a glance at her, you will probably be startled or mesmerised by her beauty, which might get you to a point where you even start feeling nervous for no reason. But when you dare to look beyond the externals, you will be amazed and encouraged by her ambitions to conquer, which will inspire you to push yourself too. Breytenbach graces today's edition of tjil and we had an interesting chat, so please pay attention.

“It is slowly but surely sinking in. It feels so surreal and I feel very honoured,” said Breytenbach about her victory at the Miss Namibia 2019 beauty pageant. Breytenbach understands that being Miss Namibia is both an honour and a very big responsibility that will go beyond her year of reign. “Being Miss Namibia 2019 means a lot to me,” she said.

When asked to what she attributes her victory, the beauty queen mentioned that she believes that a big contribution to her success in this beauty pageant was that she stayed true to herself. “I never tried to be someone I am not.

“I also started preparing at the beginning of 2018 and intensified my preparation together with a coach starting this year. My preparation helped me to understand what to expect and what would be expected from me,” said Breytenbach.

On the highlights of her journey to Miss Namibia, Breytenbach shared that she could not pinpoint only one highlight.

She said, every single day was a highlight for her. “However, one profound experience throughout this whole journey was to meet so many beautiful and extremely intelligent young women. We are truly a sisterhood and I have made true and genuine friends for the rest of my life,” shared Breytenbach.





She added that she will be working together with the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) which is one of Miss Namibia's main sponsors, to build a Diamond Generation.

She will be visiting three different regions, together with Julita Kitwe Mbangula and Johanna Swartbooi, who walked away with the 1st princess and 2nd princess titles, to talk about important issues that the country is facing, such as teenage pregnancy, dropping out of school and substance and drug abuse.

“I started working with Side By Side Early Intervention Centre and House Maerua Children's Home at the beginning of this year, and I will continue doing so throughout my year of reign and thereafter.

“Hope Village has also touched my heart deeply during my visit this week,” she added.

On her worries and anxieties for the big role that is Miss Namibia, Breytenbach said as much as being a Miss Namibia is an honour; it is also a great responsibility. She emphasised that she truly cares about making a lasting and positive change.

She added she will always worry that she is not doing enough.

“However, I have an amazing support team behind me and I am sure that they will see to it that I will be able to give each and every project and appearance my all.

“I am also afraid to fail my Namibian people and thus I am so grateful that I get the opportunity to work with Michelle McLean to become the best version of myself that I can possibly be,” she said.

Breytenbach commended her family and friends for being her best supporters since day one, and said she will be forever grateful for them. “My coach from The Edge has believed in me before I believed in myself, and the Miss Namibia organisation has been so supportive over the last few days that I am truly looking forward to working with them,” said Breytenbach.

She understands that being Miss Namibia does not stop after your year of reign; she truly wants to make a positive and lasting change in her community and admitted that it will take hard work, passion and true dedication for the rest of her life.

“I want to be remembered as the Miss Namibia that truly cares for her country and who loves what she does. If I changed only one person's life after my reign, I have achieved what I wanted, as this will cause a ripple effect that will not be stopped,” she summed up.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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