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Local model wins 3rd Runner-Up in the Miss Grand SA

Carlswald model and resident Sinamile Dlamini says pageantry is about much more than beauty as she continues her advocacy work.

“I am thrilled that I recently competed in the Miss Grand South Africa pageant and secured the third runner-up position.”

These were the words of a Carlswald resident and model Sinamile Dlamini (24).

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Sinamile Dlamini.
Sinamile Dlamini.

Out of 28 contestants, Dlamini was also honoured to win the Best Talent award for her dance performance at Emperors Palace.

She said her achievement meant a lot to her as this was the first pageant she had participated in, in almost a decade.

“Competing in the Miss Grand South Africa pageant was a truly transformative experience. The competition was intense, and I faced several challenges including overcoming stage fright after such a long hiatus. However, the support from my supporters, fellow contestants and the encouragement from the audience kept me motivated.”

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Although she didn’t take home the crown, Dlamini said this experience had been a journey of growth and learning and was excited to be back in the world of pageantry.

“My focus now is on building my advocacy platform, @itsnotokay_stories. This initiative is close to my heart as it provides a safe space for women to share their stories anonymously, offering support and solidarity to survivors and victims of GBV. Through this platform, I aim to show women that they are not alone, and to empower them to use their voices.”
Dlamini added pageantry was much more than just beauty, it was about inspiring others, addressing important issues and driving meaningful conversations and change.

Sinamile Dlamini is pleased with her recent pageant accolade.
Sinamile Dlamini is pleased with her recent pageant accolade.

“Looking ahead, I am committed to continuing my advocacy work and using my platform to create positive change. I plan to participate in more pageants and use each opportunity to advocate for issues that matter to me, such as mental health awareness, GBV and women’s empowerment. I am also working with NPOs and community-based organisations that focus on these important topics.”

Details: For more information or to support Dlamini’s initiative, visit @sinamilay & @itsnotokay_stories on social media.

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