No one had reason to doubt the judges’ decision when Shoni Mulaudzi was announced as Mrs South Africa Photogenic 2016 at the prestigious pageant recently held at Emperors Palace.
Mulaudzi, one of the top 25 finalists, said that she was overwhelmed with joy when she won the title. “I am so happy. The competition was a wonderful experience and a real eye opener.” She describes the pageant as a fun experience where she many new friends among the other finalists. She said that they are still engaged with each other and that they are planning to do activities together.
Mulaudzi, who is now a brand ambassador for Mrs SA the competition gave her more confidence and the ability to speak to people without hesitation or fear.
She regularly gives motivational talks at schools and is involved at the Cancer Association of South Africa’s Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Oncology Ward at the Polokwane Provincial Hospital. She said she is more determined than ever to motivate learners to give their best at school because she believes education is the key to the future. She also intends to help the TLC Ward even more.
She also plans to open a grooming and modelling school for older women to give them also the opportunity to do something different and to gain confidence.
She credited her friends and family for their support and encouragement and said that without them she would not have made it so far in the competition. Her motto in life is to believe in yourself in whatever you want to achieve, even if it takes years to achieve what you set your mind on achieving, never let negativity occupy space in your mind.
Story: LEANDRI VAN SCHALKWYK
Photo: Shoni Mulaudzi from Polokwane held the province’s name high when she was named Mrs South Africa Photogenic 2016 during the recent pageant final. Mulaudzi is now also a brand ambassador for Mrs SA. On the right she is on stage during the crowning.