Alfonso Nqunjana is a student journalist for Wits Vuvuzela and he captured the Miss Gauteng 2021 auditions at City Lodge Hotel in Newton on May 31, 2021.
After a year of running online auditions due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Miss Gauteng Exclusive Foundation held its first round of physical auditions, in search of the new Miss Gauteng Exclusive 2022.
The Miss Gauteng Exclusive is a Foundation founded by a group of young African social entrepreneurs. The foundation focuses on the holistic building of women’s characters. It accepts young women from 18 to 27 years of age and contestants need to pay a R200 fee to audition to enter.
During the auditions, most of the contestants were visibly nervous when on stage. The co-founder and CEO of Miss Gauteng Exclusive, Kagiso Selele explained the audition process as “wanting young women of Gauteng communities to model our Queens because of what they do in our society, not how they look.”
Ashley Mvunguse, the reigning Miss Gauteng Exclusive 2021, is also a student at Wits University, doing her 2nd year in Bachelor of Education. It was Mvunguse’s first time judging the auditions, “I have noticed from the ladies auditioning that some struggle to show authenticity,” she told Wits Vuvuzela.
The audition process is an exploration of the individuals and what they have done in their communities, “I think the contestants tend to forget that they are auditioning to be the next Queen,” Ashley added.
“The questions are constructed in a way that helps us to get to know and understand the entrant on a deeper level,” said Annwen Jordan, co-founder and manager of the Miss Gauteng Exclusive.
The foundation has been running since 2017 and apart from being crowned, finalists will also get access to mentorship, leadership and entrepreneurial programmes that empower them to be women who are role models and future ambassadors of South Africa.
FEATURED IMAGE: Picture of a sash, mask, crown and a judge’s mark book. Photo: Alfonso Nqunjana
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