… As Mrs Namibia Universal lives her dream
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
ESTHER Sanberg, who was crowned Mrs Namibia Universal at ceremony held at the Flamingo Villa boutique hotel in Walvis Bay on 29 April, is set to take on beauty queens from around the world at the Mrs Universal beauty pageant, which takes place in London from 3 to 9 September.
Her United Kingdom itinerary includes a seven-day stay at a five-star hotel and a tour of London, Buckingham Palace, Picadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the London Eye, the Tower Bridge, the London Bridge and Trafalgar Square
In an interview with Confidente this week, Esther’s said that her biggest motivation is Mother Theresa, because she had helped vulnerable people during her lifetime. Esther is a wife, zumba instructor, a runner, a paramedic and also employed as a doctor’s assistant at the Okahandja Medical Practice.
“I am a resident of a small beautiful town called Okahandja. I grew up in a very poor home and had dreams like any other child. My dream was to walk on a fashion runway and become a beauty queen, and now here I am living that dream,” she told Confidente.
Asked if she expected to win the Miss Namibia Universal crown, she said, “Not all. But I practiced my victory smile and imagined myself as the winner. I believed I had all it took to win, but I was definitely nervous. Even though I was nervous, confidence is something I’ve always had all along.”
She said winning felt like a dream.
“I had to pinch myself to see if I was in a dream or if this was real. It was like a dream come true; I felt my world grow bigger, as I knew right away I was given a platform to make a difference. I wanted to get to work right away. I felt alive, strong, happened so excited!”
Asked what community projects she is involved in, Esther said, “I have a dance and craft ministry, involving 50 girls, called Oshili Girls Ministry, which I do every Sunday afternoon. My husband and I run have a street kids’ ministry called Oshili Boys, where we have dedicated our time to 11 boys living on the streets of Okahandja.
“We get sponsorship and donations for their basic needs. I help the local schools with pageant training for their seasonal pageants. The schools I help are Berg-Op, Prestantia College and the local community school, Five Rand School. With this my vision and compassion is to help the community in the future, to locate a place of safety and shelter for the generations to come.”
She said that with exposure she has gained so far, she will use the Mrs Namibia Universal platform to develop confidence, self-esteem and other skills among the younger generation, so they can help to build the nation’s economy, through self-help programs and entrepreneurship training.
Esther is not new to the beauty and fashion industry, as she has had the opportunity to do a commercial shoot with the big names like American basketball star LeBron James, and also modelled at the Miami Fashion Week.
Asked what she loves about pageantry, Esther said, “Pageantry is a great platform for every woman and girl to shine. It brings out your strength, the qualities you posses and it helps every participant with self-esteem. “What I bring that is unique to the eyes of the judges is the way I carry myself and present myself. There’s only one me and my authenticity is what I portray to the judges; no matter what is going on, I still light up with a smile.
She said that apart from having a crown and a sash, she is just a simple, passionate person serving her community.
Asked about her long-term goals, she said that she definitely would like to start a street kids’ shelter and a crisis centre to help young women with unwanted pregnancies, as well as a programme for all unwanted babies that are dumped. “I want to create a home for these kids.”
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