By Melba Kaure
WINDHOEK – Namibian serial pageant winner, Jeanette Thlabanelo is appealing for sponsorships which will enable her to represent Namibia at the Mrs Globe pageant in China later this year.
Speaking to The Southern Times this week, Thlabanelo beseeched Namibians for funding that: “I really want to bring the title back home and prove myself to the community that I am willing to make a difference”.
Thlabanelo qualified for the global showpiece after winning the Mrs Globe Namibia pageant earlier this year. According to the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) graduate, she joined the pageant so that it can help her plough back into her community.
“I jointed this pageant because I always dreamed that I will one day be in a position to be a Good Samaritan to some unfortunate people, promote goodwill, be an example of gentleness, kindness and faith and most of all, be a tool of the Lord for spreading his will.”
“Taking part in this pageant helped me realize that dream. Winning Mrs Africa Namibia & Globe Namibia 2017 has given me a huge platform to not only gain support for my causes but also showcase our beautiful country of Namibia and the African Continent to the world,” she said.
Mrs Africa is a pageant for married women as the founders believe most pageants and modelling competitions are limited to single women and thus singling out women with potential to make a change within their community. It is a unique and innovative opportunity for mothers and married women to exercise their pre-existing care and nurturing way of living to work for the community.
“As a mother and a wife, it comes naturally to show your love for different people. I am an active community member and this is something I have within me as I believe charity starts at home.
A few years down the line, the bubbly beauty queen won a few competitions which include; Miss Independence (in 2002) Miss Katutura (in 2002), Miss Khomasdal (in 2004) and Miss Windhoek Show (in 2005).
Her last participation in a conventional pageant was the Miss Namibia pageant in 2006 where she made it to the top 10. She explained how she initially got involved in beauty pageants.
“Pageantry was never my cup of tea. My high school teacher who noticed my elegance advised me to take part take in an upcoming School pageant. I was against it at first as I was never the average girly girl. I liked hanging out with boys so you can imagine my reaction when my teacher approached me and told me to enter. To my surprise, I managed to bag the title,” said the bubbly Thlabanelo.
Thlabanelo is currently busy with two community projects namely – the Dignity Dream Pad which is washable feminine sanitary pads for underprivileged girls and women in the Omaheke Region while the Desk Bags are functional, eco-friendly school bags that are also a portable desk solution.