Contrary to the norm of having size 0 girls competing in pageants, 16 curvaceous ladies will be battling it out on the 6th of November, 2014 in an attempt to be crowned Diamond queen of Africa. The beauty contest which is a first in Botswana is done as a way of celebrating curvy woman all over Africa.??One of the organisers, Thuto Marobela said that the pageant is a charity event, which aims at combining extensive experience with the passion to give back to the community. He said it started in 2009 as Miss Curvy Africa and later changed to Diamond Queen Africa.??Marobela explained that the name had to be changed because the directors found it fit to define African women’s curves as a diamond to show just how precious they are hence the slogan ‘they have diamonds in their curves’.??
Marobela explained that this particular pageant demonstrates that all women are beautiful and should celebrate their God-given bodies.??We are hoping to find two ambassadors here who will represent the rest of curvy women in Botswana who are proud of their bodies,” he said.??The beauty contest will be held at Boipuso Hall and will feature performances by some of the best local acts. Marobela added that they will also be a rich display of culture incorporating charity work, explosively colorful, exciting cultural and unforgettably entertaining as well as beautiful confident women who will be competing that night.??He continued that Botswana has beautiful curvy women who are comfortable in their own skin. He said last year they managed to send Thabang Lesejane who represented the country well.┬á??Even though she did not make the top three, Marobela said that they we were happy with how she performed, as it was the first time a Motswana participated in the pageant.┬á
“We feel the experience she gathered is good enough to help us prepare for this year’s pageant, more so, Lesejane was loved and adored by many.┬á??He continued to say that the two women who will be chosen will represent the country at the nationals in Namibia. The final beauty contest will be held at┬áWindhoek under the theme Models Paint for Charity.??He said upon arrival at Namibia, the different contestants will be involved in charitable deeds that will see them painting homes for elderly people, the less fortunate and orphans living in Namibia.??“The contestants are expected to gather gallons of paint through donations while they are there, as well as indulge the Namibian community in their painting projects, which should be complete by the time they go on stage to compete for the crown,” he said.