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What it takes to be Miss Namibia

Mon, 15 July 2013 01:44
by Linekela Halwoodi
Metro


Tsakana Nkandih - Miss Namibia 2012

What activities have you participated in that are required of a Miss Namibia?
I had to dive into the promotional activities of my sponsors right away and I worked with the Red Cross and several other charity organizations. One course that was particularly close to my heart was when we had to build a house for a family whose house had burnt down in rural Kavango with the Red Cross.
What legacy would you like to leave behind for the upcoming Miss Namibia?
I would like some of the  work that I have started to continue with her and I trust that she will pick up on my legacy of helping orphans and motivating rebellious and less privileged children around the country.
Would you say Miss Namibia about beauty and height or brains and passion?
(Laughs) Miss Namibia is about the whole package; beauty, height, brains and passion.
How has your life changed since winning Miss Namibia?
I’m more mature, I’ve grown as a person and I’m so much more confident and happier with myself.
Did you honestly think you stood a chance at the title?
Initially when I entered I thought I stood a good chance, I was really confident. When I got in and saw the other  girls however; I doubted myself a little because they were all beautiful and intelligent.
What does being Miss Namibia mean to you?
It’s a dream come true for me, growing up tall and quirky was always awkward  for me so my height was finally of good use to me (laughs).    Being Miss Namibia is so much more than a title it’s about being compassionate and willing to give without feeling like it’s a task.
Why is Miss Namibia worth participating in?
Young Namibians have a tendency of reliance on the government. I think that we can also be the government because the government can’t do everything for us.
What should one expect from the job as a Miss Namibia?
The participants should expect a lot of competition, they should keep in mind that it’s a competition and there can only be one winner.

Luzaan Van Wyk - Miss Namibia 2011

What activities have you participated in that’s required of a Miss Namibia?
 During my year of reign I was involved with numerous charities in and around Namibia. However, the highlight was to get involved with a mother from Ondagwa in her campaign to raise awareness for pre-mature babies.
Is Miss Namibia about beauty and height or brains and passion?
 The Miss Namibia pageant is not limited to one or the other. It’s multi-faceted. Intelligence, passion and dedication are extremely important.
How has your life changed since winning Miss Namibia?
The first few months of my reign were overwhelming. You were an immediate public figure.  It was wonderful to get the opportunity to meet people from across this beautiful country.
Did you think you stood a chance at the title?
 No, never in a million years! I was so surprised when they called my name.
What does being Namibia mean to you?
Hard work. Dedication. Passion. Compassion. Responsibility. Poise
Why is Miss Namibia worth participating in?
It’s an opportunity to grow as an individual, to get confidence in yourself. It’s a great way to meet new people and to make friends.
What should one expect from the job as a Miss Namibia?
You should expect a life-changing experience. A lot of hard work ,a  chance to make a difference and be the change you want to see, the opportunity to see the most remote parts of beautiful Namibia and meet its wonderful people. 

Odile Gertze - Miss Namibia 2010
 
What activities have you participated in as Miss Namibia?
As Miss Namibia 2010, I took the time to involve myself in many projects and charities, including operation smile, Red Cross Namibia, flood victims with Pasta Polana and many more projects run specifically by Miss Namibia sponsors.
Is Miss Namibia about beauty and height or brains and passion?
It’s about both. we need to have someone that can carry through a conversation of any class, handle her duties and responsibilities with zeal and unstoppable passion.
How has your life changed since winning Miss Namibia?
On a personal level, I have changed drastically. My confidence, passion and understanding have grown, my love for my country has deepened, and I have a greater understanding of when it comes to responsibility.  
Did you honestly think you stood  a chance at the title?
I knew I had what it took to be Miss Namibia, but I was also aware of all the talent that the other finalists had. It was tough competition and if someone else from my year walked away with the title, I would have been extremely happy for them.
What does being Miss Namibia mean to you?
It means giving back to the community, as Miss Namibia, you are given a bigger platform to make a bigger difference.
Why is Miss Namibia worth participating in?
It is a great opportunity to learn. That is why I entered.
What should one expect from the job as a Miss Namibia?
You should have patience, grace and humility. There will be a lot of expectations required from you and it can become a little overwhelming.