THE top 26 Miss South Africa semi-finalists who are vying for the title of Miss South Africa 2017 have been announced – and they include our very own home-grown beauty, 22 year-old Shenai Bridglall.
Shenai is an honours student at the University of Cape Town, currently completing her Business Science degree in marketing, statistics and economics. She also founded her own non-profit organisation called The EssBee Foundation.
Our objective is to build a flourishing South Africa by focusing on four essential pillars; education, personal hygiene, nutrition and female empowerment, – Shenai Bridglall.
Asked why she wants to be Miss South Africa and what she thinks she will be able to bring to the role, Shenai had this to say:
“Becoming Miss South Africa has been my childhood dream. I value that the Miss South Africa organisation looks for goal-orientated women to represent our stunning country and I seek to be that. I know what my goals are in life and I want to inspire young girls to discover who they are, what they want to achieve in life and encourage them that no dream is too big to achieve if they work hard, believe in themselves and never give up.”
Shenai’s dad Vinodh is the founding director of his own architectural company, VHB Associates and her mom, Ashnee, works with her dad in the company. In her spare time, Shenai enjoys working out at the gym, doing EMS training, and taking walks with her dog. She also attends hot yoga and boxing classes.
All in all, the semi-finalists are an impressive group. Among them are a medical doctor and a speech therapist; several law students; one about to qualify as an engineer; the owner of a construction company and a news reader on Soweto TV.
They hail from six of the country’s nine provinces: 14 are from Gauteng, six from the Western Cape, three from KwaZulu-Natal and one each from the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
The young woman who is crowned Miss South Africa 2017 will automatically become the spokesperson for the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day initiative.
Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, the current Miss South Africa, will crown her successor at Sun City on March 25 next year.
Miss South Africa is the most prestigious pageant in South Africa, boasting a Miss Universe and three Miss Worlds, and the women who have worn the crown are icons in many different spheres of life.
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