The Millennium jazz joint staged an unusual hot show on Saturday night, unusual since it is renowned for its famous Sunday night rendezvous.
This was, however, a special occasion, as it was the crowning ceremony of the Miss Millennium 2013, Michelle Tjienda.
The red carpet event, organized by the Millennium Jazz Cafe in collaboration with Savanna Dry and event management coordinators, 79 Macheri, was graced by former My Star winner, Kitso, and the Ladies of Jazz and many other players in the music industry.
This exclusive pageant is open to women specifically over the age of forty and, according to organizer and host, Shima Monageng, it is to celebrate the much celebrated milestone that “Life begins at forty”.
All eleven contestants had an opening parade with casual wear comprising of denims and t-shirts branded by the main sponsor, Savanna Dry. During this procession, the ladies were also given a chance to express their dancing prowess, which left the audience in stitches as the 40-year-olds plus tried to pull off rather interesting moves on the dance floor.
The second parade was breathtaking as the contestants paraded with their traditional attire as local pop sensation, Kitso, serenaded the crowd with a rendition of famous love song, like ‘Goodbye my lover’, made famous by international pop star James Blunt.
The ladies were also afforded the opportunity to strut their stuff in eveningwear after which the judges crowned Tjienda as Miss Millennium 2013.
Tjienda, who, through her tears, expressed how ‘pleasantly surprised’, she was walked away with a deep freezer, an electric kettle and iron set, a beauty course bursary worth R5, 000 from Susca Watts Beauty academy in South Africa, a Savanna Dry Hamper, a night for two at Montana Lodge and one year free access to all shows in the Millennium Jazz restaurant with meal voucher.
The First Princess, Rachel Caddy, won a washing machine, a Savanna Dry Hamper and 6 months free access to all shows in Millennium Jazz restaurant with meal voucher.
And the second Princess, Queen Mofhokeng, bagged a fridge, a Savanna Dry Hamper and 3 months free access to the Millennium and a meal voucher.
As her predecessors have done in the past, Tjienda is going to engage as many stakeholders as possible to aid her in the community development and poverty eradication projects that she will embark on.
Immediate past Miss Millennium 2012, Patience Motlhapi, is still involved with raising funds, getting jobs and finding schools for a destitute family in Kweneng District.