The second annual Miss Berlin November took place on Saturday at Mdantsane City Mall with Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student Zizile Mthembu declared the winner.
Director of Versatile Dimlpestyles and founder of Miss Berlin Noloyiso Ngalo said there were over 50 young women who entered, with only 12 making it to the finale.
“The official crowning is on November 23 at the Berlin November and WEARSA Gala dinner at the International Convention Centre (ICC) and prize-giving on November 24 at the horse racing event in Berlin.
“After a mentorship and grooming programme facilitated by the Lulutho Grooming School owner and former beauty queen Yolanda Bam-Pieterson, our finalists all conquered the stage with so much pride in themselves, happiness and presence.”
Ngalo said the purpose of the mentorship programme was to ensure that they capacitate the young women by fuelling their authenticity that is trapped by past experiences, fears and pain.
“The camp was a safe space for healing, self-forgiveness and was meant to help the ladies grow a chain of sisterhood as the first alumni groomed from the Miss Berlin November brand that will be working hand-in-hand throughout the next 12-months in our calendar programmes.”
Their calendar programmes address the pillars that govern the Miss Berlin November: entrepreneurship, social ills, social responsibilities and youth development.
“I would like to express my unmeasurable gratitude to our judges; my team who offered their services because they saw value in Miss Berlin November without any financial compensation; and everyone who donated their time, resources and financial support in ensuring the best end product of Miss Berlin November,” concluded Ngalo added.