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Lize Botha Mrs Limpopo 2019 – Mzantsi Africa

Lize Botha Mrs Limpopo 2019 – Mzantsi Africa, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Lena Eagar

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Lize Botha Mrs Limpopo 2019 – Mzantsi Africa.

Full name: Lize Botha

Title/Year: Mrs Limpopo 2019 – Mzantsi Africa

Pageant System: RoleModels Foundation

Age: 36 years old

Zodiac sign:Aries / Ram

Hobbies: Painting, drawing and anything that includes pageantry and fashion

Platform: Provincial title holder

Years competed: 2019

Countries visited: Only SA

Likes: Smiling/laughing, Helping others, Giving back, Hugs, Honesty, Loyalty, Chocolates, Coffee and more coffee

Dislikes: Rudeness, Poverty, Hunger, Sadness, Lies, Unfairness

Status: Married

World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.

I am an only child. Got married at the age of 22 to my high school sweetheart. Had my son, Tiwhan, now 1, at the age of 23 and my daughter, Marlioné, at the age of 27. I had 2 miscarriages. I have 7 tattoos, each having a special meaning to me and what I have been through in my life. I love animals and have 7 dogs, a parrot, a hedgehog and a bearded dragon. Family first always – I am very close to my family and few friends who became family.

World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?

Women empowerment to me means building women up. To encourage women to truly love themselves. To fight for more, to be seen, heard and to stand with each other, no matter age, skin colour, culture or social status. Every woman you meet is fighting her own battle others know nothing about.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.

I am actually just a pageant mom.

My titles include:

Mrs Polokwane Photogenic 2016

1st Princess Mrs Polokwane Show 2018

Mrs Limpopo 2019 – Mzantsi Africa

World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?

In 2013 I entered my 1st Mrs pageant because I wanted to see change in the way married women, especially moms perceive themselves and are perceived by others… We are so much more than just moms and wives, we are WOMEN.

World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?

Limpopo Province is such a beautiful Province with so much to offer… I wanted to send that message out to the rest of South Africa and the world.

World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?

Mrs Limpopo Mzantsi Africa is a philanthropic title empowered by RoleModels Foundation’s motto is: “Inspiring Hope in the Heart of the Community” There is no weight or height restriction. It is a pageant for ordinary women stepping up to achieve extra-ordinary things.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?

Obviously, the normal pageant “rules” apply, although it is not a pageant for the perfect woman with the perfect life. It is for real women who can step up and speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves. Real women are women who have been broken, have known hardships in life, but have made a decision to be significant anyway.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.

In short; it has been one of the bravest things I have done. One of the most rewarding, most fulfilling experiences of my life.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.

RoleModels Foundation is a NPO Empowering Community Upliftment. Their motto: Proverbs 31: 8-9: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?

Hosted and acted as MC at Mr & Miss Sekelbosfees 2019

Special guest at Limpopo TV’s Women in Business breakfast

Judged Miss Lenyesa in Zebediela Township

Guest at MCC & Champagne Affair, hosted by Uhuru Lifestyle Centre and Ms. Lethabo Ramokgopa

Judged the Mr & Miss Beauty Lebowakgomo

Judge at Limpopo TV’s auditions

Judge at Mrs Polokwane Gala Event

Guest speaker at ABE 1st Ladies Business Seminar hosted by Alabaster Box Events

Guest on Heita Radio

World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?

I believe that I have shown and motivated women of Limpopo to step up and be unapologetically real and to embrace all they are and are not. I am in the process of putting Limpopo Province on the proverbial map

World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?

I am always myself. I never pretend to be better than anyone else. I keep it real and know what I stand for. I always try and make everyone I meet feel like someone. I believe that I leave people better than I found them.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.

One word: Unreal!!! It is a feeling I wish upon every girl / woman dreaming of becoming a princess… a fairy tale. A dream come true.

World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?

To be a beauty queen is not just about being beautiful on the outside (well taken care off, yes), but also: To have a lion-heart, To be nerdy, To remain intelligent To feel, be and do good. And to embrace your insanity.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?

It has taught me that you never lose. You either win or you learn. That you are not everyone’s “cup of tea” and that is okay.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image?

I grew up always having a good self-esteem. I have now just learned how to use that to show and teach girls and women to also believe that they are enough. I am a plus size (size 12/36) and 100% happy with my body. I am not a typical size 0 model and wouldn’t want to be, as I love the skin I’m in.

World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?

It is MAGICAL! I hope to always inspire girls and women to grow so strong on the inside that nothing on the outside can affect their inner wellness without their conscious permission.

World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?

A million dollar smile….

The mindset that you have already been crowned as THE QUEEN;

The heart of a WARRIOR;

To be something between a dream and a miracle… stay true to who you are. Let who you are show on stage.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?

Coffee and prayer… a lot of both.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?

Shoulders back

Chest out

Straight back

Smile and own the stage

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?

Know your body type then find a dress that compliments your body and that you feel comfortable in, but also look breathtaking in.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?

Interview is, in my opinion, the most important part of a pageant. A balance between confidence, honesty, seriousness and silliness is important. I always try to remain calm, collected and confident when answering interview questions. It is important to think and answer each question true to yourself and your beliefs.

World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?

I wouldn’t want to change anything, not even the fact that I tripped and almost fell on my face.

World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?

Some overdo their walks, turns and poses. It is important to be as natural as possible and don’t look down. Eye contact is important and sends out the message that you are well prepared and confident.

World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?

I do not have any official modelling experience. I, however, do take mental notes from my daughter’s modelling classes. I was a radio presenter at a local radio station in Polokwane, but have not done any acting on television.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen?

To serve my community. To put Limpopo Province on the “map”.

World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

I just know that AVERAGE will not be my legacy. I will be useful, responsible, honorable and compassionate. I will count and stand for something. I hope that when people remember me, they will say that I inspired them. I want someone (even if it just one person) to look at me someday and say, because of you I kept going, I chased my dreams and I did not give up.

Your Director: Juanita Smit

Pageant website: https://rolemodelsfoundation.org

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.

Lize Botha Mrs Limpopo 2019 – Mzantsi Africa, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Lena Eagar

Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment Ambassador to International Foundation for Orphans iffocares.org

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