Wieland's quest for true love

This beauty queen is Miss Continents 2017 and has time on her hands for love.

14 February 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Namibian beauty queen from Swakopmund, Andeline Wieland (24) is one of the 22 contestants taking part in the second season of The Bachelor South Africa, which had premiered yesterday on MNet.

Wieland, who was crowned Miss Teen Namibia in 2012, Miss Namibia first princess in 2016 and Miss Continents in 2017, will be competing for the affection of the new bachelor, Marc Buckner (36).

In an interview with tjil, Wieland said she entered the show because she's found success in all aspects of life – Except true love.

“After my ex-boyfriend of four years left me to pursue his career, I have had bad luck with finding any partners who are serious about dating and future marriage.

“The Bachelor offered me a chance to fall in love with a guy like that and I thought to myself: What do I have to lose?” the bubbly beauty said.

Wieland, who holds degrees in journalism and drama, is currently pursuing another qualification in marketing at the University of Stellenbosch. She said her family and friends were surprised that she entered.

“My mom, however, has been pushing me to put myself out there. My dad even suggested Tinder at some point so I think they realised it was partially their doing that I had the guts to enter something this insane! They were supportive, though. I almost missed my best friend's wedding to be on the show and she was very supportive nonetheless,” she said.

Her ideal date would involve good conversation, beautiful scenery, food and wine and, most importantly, a man who can dance.

“From my experience, if he can dance well, I am almost guaranteed that he can kiss well. I also truly value a gentleman. Picking me up and pulling out my chair are small gestures that mean a lot to me. It's in the effort. If I see he's made an effort, I very easily fall in love,” she said.

When asked whether would support her future children in finding love this way, she said she would support them in whatever way, even through a route like The Bachelor.

“I would always hope that my children listen to their heart and find the one in whichever way seems right. This show is serious.”

“I have seldom been tested and have had to reflect on my own emotions so much before, but I've walked out very self-assured and confident in my abilities. Like they say it's a 'crazy little thing called love', and this certainly was crazy but oh so fun!” she said.

Wieland also informed tjil she formed great bonds with the other contestants on the show.

“They really are a great bunch with so many surprising talents, skills and interests and you constantly find out something new about each one.”

Viewers can join Wieland on her quest for true love by tuning in to MNet (channel 102 on DStv) every Thursday at 19:00.

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