This Friday evening a new Queen will be crowned the Miss Millennium 2017 at the Millennium Jazz Caf├® in Mogoditshane. Miss Millennium, which has now grown to a high profile, red carpet event has continued to grow from just a mere annual event to what now seems like a tradition which has been taking place every single year for the past 9 years during the first quarter of the year.
Almost synonymous with the pageant, promoter/ manager, Zenzele Hirschfeld of Zen Promotions stated that, “We have raised the bar in terms of Miss Millennium production for this year and we promise a good well organised show as always. This year ten contestants (finalists) will be competing for this year’s title for this Miss Millennium.”
According to Hirschfeld, this year they have three parades scheduled to take place on the night of the event. The opening Back to School parade which will be followed by the Strength of A woman Parade and lastly formal parade. On a more somber note, all the former Miss Millennium queens present will pay a tribute to Former Miss Millennium 2013 Mitchel Tianje who passed on in 2016.
The Miss Millennium pageant is a woman empowerment and development project which was established in 2008 by the Millennium Jazz Caf├® patrons then. The core mandate was to nurture women to uphold a vision 2016 pillar of being a compassionate just and caring nation beyond 2016.
With almost a decade under its belt, Miss Millennium has over the years attracted positive publicity and has successfully held a series of high teas prior to the grand finale in which motivational speakers, personal grooming experts and community leaders were all invited as a means of grooming them to take over this title.
Contrary to the beauty pageant norm of the size zero under 21 models, Miss Millennium targets and embraces the over 40 curvaceous and vivacious African women proving that indeed life begins at 40. Former beauty Queens have significantly contributed to community based projects within and around Mogoditshane and most of them specifically targeting under privileged youths and the elderly. Not only do they make donations towards their causes they also establish tournaments to sustain further community development in the future.
This pageant is essentially a celebration of mature women over 40 years of age and recognition of their role in the community fully embracing their ‘Beauty from within’ motto.