Face of Vilakazi Street is South Africa’s first pageant named after the iconic Vilakazi Street in Soweto.
In a world that questions the relevance of beauty pageants, Face of Vilakazi Street seeks to change the status quo by providing a platform for empowering young women.
Founded by Miss Soweto 2014, Lungile Buhale, the pageant is aimed at up-skilling and empowering girls from the whole of Johannesburg.
Launched in 2016, the event will be held on February 25, 2017, at 12pm, where 12 contestants will battle it out for 1 crown. The finale will be held on Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto. The street is famous as being the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize laureates once lived. Both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu lived here.
The street is named after Dr BW Vilakazi, a poet, novelist and intellectual who wrote in numerous indigenous languages. Vilakazi was also the first black man to teach Wits University. He later acquired a PhD in literature and went on to help put together the isiZulu dictionary.
Founder Buhale saw the need to create a pageant that has higher emphasis on education and skills that are both tangible and intangible. Workshops were recently conducted in preparation for the main event. At these workshops contestants were taught about dressing well, eating healthy and how to conduct themselves in public.
To qualify for entry into the Face of Vilakazi Street pageant, contestants have to be aged between 18 and 25 years old and living in Johannesburg. Contestants also need to have a matric certificate with an average of 55% and above, in addition to not having a credit record. A valid South African ID is needed and contestants are required to be African citizens.
For more details, visit www.missvilakazistreet.co.za