By Confidente Reporter
THE once-popular Miss Mavis beauty pageant for transgender women is set to make a spectacular comeback after having fizzled out several years back. The pageant operates on a model similar to traditional beauty pageants except that every contestant is born male and aims to raise awareness and promote acceptance of transgender women and other members of LGBTI.
The anticipated pageant is slated for Saturday, October 8 at the Copacabana Entertainment Centre, Khomasdal Grove Mall and has already gained enormous support from volunteers, patrons, sponsors and the community.
Pageant organiser Vincent Elton said that funds raised will go towards the We Care Trust for the establishment of a beauty school to empower unemployed youths with skills.
Elton said that 13 finalists from Keetmanshoop, Swakopmund, Rosh Pinah, Windhoek and Tses will compete for the title that will come with other prizes and the responsibility to serve as ambassador for transgender women and LGBTI people.
“We have been discriminated against and had demeaning insults thrown at us. But being on stage, the girls will definitely feel beautiful as they showcase their talent to help the nation accept them for who they are. This is a chance where they will show the world that they too can make a meaningful contribution and they are assets as through this pageant funds will be raised for social responsibility funds of the We Care Trust,” Elton said.
The finalists hope that the pageant will kick start their careers as professional models as well as help them enter into other fields such as entertainment, business and healthcare.
One of the finalists, Nicole Smith (23) said that the pageant will help her come out of the closet and reveal her true self. “This is my first pageant and I decided to take part so as to come out of the closet. It is also a way for me to gain respect and acceptance from community,” she Smith.
Another finalist, 23-year-old Aurora Bossoj said that the pageant will be a platform for her and other finalists to show that they too are ordinary human beings. “I’ve always looked up to older trans-girls in my community and I’ve always wanted the recognition and exposure. This will be a platform where we show the world that we are not strange and are equally created by God.”
Tickets for the event will be sold at the venue at N$100 for ordinary tickets and N$250 for VIP tickets.
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