About 14 finalists for the Mrs Plus Size are set to parade their big figures in one of the beauty pageants that seeks to give a platform to married women between the ages of 20 and 50.
These are women who have previously been spectators to their skinny counterparts. According to the organiser of the event, Chief Leeuw of the charity organisation Chief Leeuw Foundation, the pageant also aims to give the plus-sized figured ladies a sense of confidence as well as to encourage them to embrace and love their bodies, unlike in the past when being big was seen as taboo.
“Above all, we want to give them a different view to issues of beauty including helping those who design clothes to understand that they also have to accommodate our plus-sized sisters,” said Leeuw.
He said the finals of the event will take place on August 6 towards Women’s Month celebrations which take place on August 9.
Leeuw added that the event is also in line with raising funds for the Cansa Katleho Care Home which is situated in Mangaung, a centre that offers a home away from home for cancer survivors.
“In addition to this, the contestants will use the opportunity to support the 67 Minutes for Mandela Campaign. The winner of the pageant will also act as an ambassador for the foundation,” said Leeuw.
He urged members of the public to support the initiative which is the first to be held in the City of Roses.
He said an entrance fee of R100 is payable and for more details he can be contacted on 0729500032.
One of the finalists, Matshidiso Makhetha, said it was such an honour for them to see that they can also contribute to charity events while also having fun at the same time.
Other finalists include, among others, Dora Mosala, Maserame Mohobeleli, Thato Lerumo, Puleng Direko and Lerato Garekoe.
By Junior Bonase