By Entertainment Reporter
THIRTY-ONE year old Fayonce von Knowles from Keetmanshoop was on Saturday crowned Miss Mavis 2016, as she emerged the crowd favourite, at the event held at the Copacabana Entertainment Centre at the Khomas Grove Mall.
Te’Amor Duch Ramuch (24) also from Keetmanshoop was crowned first princess while 19-year-old Penelope van Zyl from Mariental was crowned as the second princess.
In this year’s revived transgender beauty pageant, 14 trans-women from all across the country competed for the crown.
The 14 finalists opened the show with a performance dance. They also paraded in their cocktail dresses, swimwear and evening gowns.
Speaking after the crowning, von Knowles said the reason she decided to enter Miss Mavis 2016 was for the stage to give her a platform “to touch a lot of hearts and minds”.
“Hearts meaning by helping the less fortunate and minds I mean the current ignorance and discrimination against homosexuality in Namibia. And me being the ambassador for LBTI people with support from both the We Care Trust and Miss Mavis, all my tasks during the year of reign I believe they will be fruitful,” said von Knowles. Von Knowles said she heard about the Miss Mavis beauty pageant through a friend, and when she entered the competition she discovered that she was the eldest of all the finalists and she realised that she needed to inspire them even though they were all in a competition.
“So for me it was an opportunity to be their role model, and for them to look at me and say; whether one is old or young she can achieve anything she desires”.
Second princess van Zyl said she decided to enter Miss Mavis so as to show the world that trans-women can also do well in beauty pageants when compared to other women.
An amount of N$4 000 was raised during the event and this will go to the We Care Trust towards the construction of a beauty vocational training school.
We Care Trust chairperson Karen Woermann confirmed that the beauty vocational training school will be for children between the ages of 12 and 19.
The teens will be trained to be hairdressers, make-up artists, and professional body massagers amongst others.
“We are trying to add value to their lives because when they graduate they will be able to do something for themselves. Academic schools do not cater for everyone and these are kids are either good with their hands or they got a different talent but they fail to thrive just because they are not at the right places in their lives,” concluded Woermann.
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