BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE

                       

Maclear High student model Zenande Funani (left) Nokoyisa Funani, her mother who has been he pillar of strength

 

Zenande strutting her stuff

 

Zenande is an 18 year-old Maclear High student who is in love with modeling because she feels this is not just beauty but something that makes a difference in people. She feels that this is a great platform where she could spread her wings and assist those less fortunate. Last year (2015) she decided to start a small charity project for hand sanitizers to help the community by giving back to the community. This was exactly the same time that Elundini municipal area was experiencing scarcity of water due to drought. She used her own pocket that she was supposed to buy herself blazer and a new cellphone. “I started the project early this year (2016) with the money I saved last year to buy my school blazer and a new cellphone. Because there was no water we needed to educate people to wash their hands to protect them from germs. In handing out sanitizers I was targeting the less privileged schools because they are the most vulnerable”.

Zenande is a beauty of note having won Miss Maclear, Miss Elundini and has entered a host of other beauty pageants like Miss Eastern Cape as recently as last year. She and another beauty from Port Elizabeth will fly the Eastern Cape flag when she enters Miss Teen Commonwealth title 2016 competing with 40 other contestants. She feels Miss Teen Commonwealth would give her a great platform competing with other contestants. The pageants is open to ladies from 16-19, creates a platform for women to become Charity and Culture Ambassadors within South Africa and the broader International community. Zenande, as with other contests feels that she did not get a platform for her campaigns. She explains:”I did not do any campaigns that I would like to have done to inspire my peers and to encourage those who want to venture into modeling. I would like to inspire the youth from my community as our area is mostly rural in nature and not exposed to city lifestyle. My plan is to help young people from communities by sharing knowledge that I have, motivate them without expecting anything because I’m doing something I love”.

Zenande says to thrive in this industry you need to have self-respect, confidence and love what you are doing. She also says morals and values are important. “I wish I could continue with other competitions because what I’m doing is about my career. I have gained experience with the contests that I entered and the support from my family has helped a lot”.

Her pillar of strength has been her mother, Nokoyisa Noncubeko Funani who has been supportive throughout this journey. She once travelled to Port Elizabeth when her beauty queen missed auditions that were to be staged in East London. Zenande says that her support from her mother has given her confidence and morale. Nokoyisa says she noticed Zenande’s career path at an early stage because she used to compete at church in Sunday school pageants. She says: “She always wanted to compete even in community contests and she certainly won those. I only took this modeling business serious when she won Miss Maclear and Miss Summer. From there I worked hard to give her support, even if she needed something I tried by all means to get it for her to make her dreams come through. I am also willing to support her campaigns”. Nokoyisa says Zenande’s modelling has shaped her into being the person she is- self-respecting, mature for her age and takes good care of herself.

For this Maclear Beauty, the sky is the limit.

Zenande is an 18 year-old Maclear High student who is in love with modeling because she feels this is not just beauty but something that makes a difference in people. She feels that this is a great platform where she could spread her wings and assist those less fortunate. Last year (2015) she decided to start a small charity project for hand sanitizers to help the community by giving back to the community. This was exactly the same time that Elundini municipal area was experiencing scarcity of water due to drought. She used her own pocket that she was supposed to buy herself blazer and a new cellphone. “I started the project early this year (2016) with the money I saved last year to buy my school blazer and a new cellphone. Because there was no water we needed to educate people to wash their hands to protect them from germs. In handing out sanitizers I was targeting the less privileged schools because they are the most vulnerable”.

Zenande is a beauty of note having won Miss Maclear, Miss Elundini and has entered a host of other beauty pageants like Miss Eastern Cape as recently as last year. She and another beauty from Port Elizabeth will fly the Eastern Cape flag when she enters Miss Teen Commonwealth title 2016 competing with 40 other contestants. She feels Miss Teen Commonwealth would give her a great platform competing with other contestants. The pageants is open to ladies from 16-19, creates a platform for women to become Charity and Culture Ambassadors within South Africa and the broader International community. Zenande, as with other contests feels that she did not get a platform for her campaigns. She explains:”I did not do any campaigns that I would like to have done to inspire my peers and to encourage those who want to venture into modeling. I would like to inspire the youth from my community as our area is mostly rural in nature and not exposed to city lifestyle. My plan is to help young people from communities by sharing knowledge that I have, motivate them without expecting anything because I’m doing something I love”.

Zenande says to thrive in this industry you need to have self-respect, confidence and love what you are doing. She also says morals and values are important. “I wish I could continue with other competitions because what I’m doing is about my career. I have gained experience with the contests that I entered and the support from my family has helped a lot”.

Her pillar of strength has been her mother, Nokoyisa Noncubeko Funani who has been supportive throughout this journey. She once travelled to Port Elizabeth when her beauty queen missed auditions that were to be staged in East London. Zenande says that her support from her mother has given her confidence and morale. Nokoyisa says she noticed Zenande’s career path at an early stage because she used to compete at church in Sunday school pageants. She says: “She always wanted to compete even in community contests and she certainly won those. I only took this modeling business serious when she won Miss Maclear and Miss Summer. From there I worked hard to give her support, even if she needed something I tried by all means to get it for her to make her dreams come through. I am also willing to support her campaigns”. Nokoyisa says Zenande’s modelling has shaped her into being the person she is- self-respecting, mature for her age and takes good care of herself.

For this Maclear Beauty, the sky is the limit.