What started off as a simple gathering of jazz enthusiasts has over the last eight years has grown to become a fully fledged beauty pageant that not only benefits communities but also creates women of substance who are committed to serving the nation. The eighth installment of the annual Miss Millennium beauty pageant will be held on the eve of Valentine’s Day, and organizers are confident that it will attract large numbers as always.
According to Zenzele Hirschfeld, the pageant is a celebration of mature women over 40 years of age and recognition of their role in the community. In an interview with The Telegraph at a high tea that was held at Millennium Jazz Restaurant to induct contestants ahead of the pageant, Hirschfield said Miss Millennium has over the years managed to establish itself as an extra ordinary pageant that focuses less on physical beauty and more on spiritual beauty.
“This pageant is more focused on the woman within, her substance. We are not necessarily focused on facial looks or a particular body structure, but rather what the woman has to offer towards building a stronger community and making the world a better place,” she said.
Hirschfeld said Miss Millennium has attracted the support of many stakeholders, artists and beauty queens. Former Miss Botswana Judy Peacock attended the high tea to give a motivational talk to the contestants. She told the contestants that a woman of substance sets high standards for herself and is always willing to serve the nation.
“You must work hard to develop the communities that you live in. You must also seek inner happiness by focusing on what makes you happy,” she said.
For her part, outgoing Miss Millennium 2015, Sandra Ramantebe urged her potential successors to carry on the legacy of the pageant and continue to building the nation.
“Do not break the chain, rather do more and work harder to maintain the high standards of Miss Millennium,” she said.
She revealed that during her reign she was more focused on fighting drug and substance abuse.
“There is a serious problem of lack of facilities and limited focus on rehabilitation. I hope those who take over after me will also fight to realize the dream of establishing a rehabilitation center,” she said.
“There is so much that a reigning queen can do to uplift the community, one only needs to look around and identify areas of need. I believe in Miss Millennium and the fact that there is no prize to be won attests to the contestants’ commitment to loving and uplifting their communities,” said Ramanteba.