Amelia Msubelele (35) from Hartbeespoort has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the Mrs South Africa pageant.
This pageant is aimed at women empowerment for married women in South Africa and the pageant programme is one of self-development, community work, networking and business.
“I am thrilled to be part of this journey. It is a self-awareness and self-actualisation journey for me. I entered because I want to learn more about who I am at the core, to further unlock my full potential as a woman, and gain more confidence. The programme is just about beauty, it is mainly about women’s empowerment. I want my femininity when walking down the stage to be a symbol of woman power, to be a symbol of acceptance of who we are as women, be it our skin colour, our hair colour, our bodies sizes,” she says.
Amelia lives in a Hartbeespoort estate with her “two cute boys and a wonderful husband”, as she describes them “I grew up in a village called Dinokana in Zeerust. I refer to myself as a “proud village girl” because of the morals and principles that were imparted to me when I was still a little girl. The saying “ It takes a village to raise a child” resonates so much with me and my upbringing.”
Through the pageant she wants to bring hope to the hopeless. “, I want to be an example to many who may have entirely lived their lives in villages or townships with little or no resources at all. I want to show them that it is not impossible to turn your life around and be who you want to be in life. I will use this opportunity to tirelessly unlock women, little girls and boys’ confidence and their potential, to help them realise that they are resourceful and need to be their destiny creators and discourage fear in their lives at all costs.”
Her family is very supportive of this journey she is undertaking. “My husband and my boys always support me, my little sisters always check up on me and ensure that I do not miss the important dates, they help me practice my catwalk and prepare me for the question and answer sessions, which is quite sweet. My mother has always been my number one fan,” she says.
“I am looking forward to this journey and hope to make a difference in many people’s lives.”