Monday, November 29, 2021

Theresa Hirschfeldt ÔÇô the queen of hearts speaks

When the Valentine’s eve sun sets today, so will Miss Millennium 2010. Theresa Hirschfeldt’s reign comes to an end.

After a year as the reigning Miss Millenium, the ample-bodied queen will relinquish her crown to another beauty queen.

Speaking to Standard Lifestyle, Hirschfeldt said her year as the reigning queen had opened her eyes to a lot of things that she would have never seen had she not taken the crown.

“When I took the crown last year, my mission was to work with the elderly. Once I got to work, I realised that concentrating with the elderly alone was very limiting as I wanted to do more,” Hirschfeldt said.

She pointed out that while working in her projects, she read an article in one of the local newspapers about a poverty stricken grandmother in Moshaneng who was taking care of her 24 grandchildren.

“I felt like I wanted to see firsthand what was happening and I took a trip to Moshaneng. When I got there, the situation was worse than I had thought and this drove me to tears. I felt I needed to help and has been there twice since then,” she said.

Hirschfeldt says the trip also opened her eyes to the suffering of people in Moshaneng, where she says people live in poverty.

However, with her reign coming to an end today, Hirschfeldt says this won’t stop her from completing her projects and continuing where she had left off.

“I do not want my work to overshadow the incoming Miss Millenium, but I will be continuing with my projects. I still want to complete the project. I am doing for the elderly, which is still unfinished. I will also be trying to continue helping destitute families,” Hirschfeldt said. “I would like to express my gratitude to Miss Millenium organisers for giving me this platform; it has been an eye opener and I am thankful.”

Quizzed on her perception of beauty and love, Hirschfeldt said beauty is not dependent on the size of an individual but rather on her heart. She says she does not buy into the idea of the current definition of beauty being ‘slim,’ adding that being a full bodied woman, she will not conform to people’s definition of beauty.

“Whoever talks of body size as defining beauty talks his/her opinion, and that is allowed, but that does not necessarily translate into beauty,” she said.

She encouraged young people to be happy and content with their body structures and sizes, saying they should not be dictated to with regard to beauty.

On love and Valentine’s Day, Hirschfeldt, who is in her 17th year of marriage, said love cannot be defined by the single day of Valentine’s. “Love is trust. It is not about sending a person flowers once in a year but about telling the person how much she is loved every day.”

Speaking of Hirschfeldt, her superior at work, Andrew Taylor, described her as a ‘one woman powerhouse,’ adding that she has been instrumental in teaching students coming through the office doors at Maru-a-Pula Secondary School acceptable manners and respect.

“She has always been a supportive elder and we are very happy to have her in this school,” Taylor said.


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