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5 Minutes With Shajar Khan – Miss International SA 2013

Platform SheetI was lucky enough to get to interview the equally classy and fabulous Shajar Khan – Miss International SA 2013.

Hi Shajar, for those of you that don’t know you, could you give me a brief introduction of whom you are and where you’re from?

  • I am 22 years of age and the current Miss International South Africa 2013; I have represented South Africa at the Miss International 2013 pageant, which took place in Chicago, 23 – 27 July 2013. I am from the city of Gold, Johannesburg and I am a student at the University of Johannesburg where I completed psychology in 2012, and I am currently completing a Human Resource Management degree. Presently I am employed at Media 24 – On the Dot, and I am the Co-Owner and Founder of Paper Dolls – Modeling and Finishing School. In addition to being a succesful business owener, I am a model, TV presenter and celebrity writer for ZAlebs. I am also a proud ambassador of help2read, Khayalitsha Cookies, and Ralo Cosmetics.

What prompted you to get involved with pageants and was being Miss International SA one of your goals?

  • I started modelling at the age of 13, and developed a passion for pageantry; it has always been a goal of mine to represent South Africa on an international level. My first title – which was the Miss India Gauteng 2011, allowed me to represent Gauteng at the Miss India South Africa 2011, where I placed in the top 5 and was crowned The Avant Garde Face/Most Beautiful Face of Miss India SA 2011. In 2012 I was crowned Miss Impressions and went on to be an ambassador for impressions magazine, I then competed in the Miss India SA International 2012 and was crowned poise model of the year. Upon entering Miss International South Africa 2013, I sought to be an ambassador, someone who can make a difference in the world, and more importantly our country.

Interview segmentHow do you think wearing the crown has impacted your life?

  • My Swarovski crystal crown that I left Chicago with, reassured me that an International woman knows that no amount of diamonds defines her, you have to see past the sparkles and into her heart. I believe the title itself has impacted my life, not only is it an honour, I am able to uplift many young girls around me, and set an example for them. The title has given me an opportunity to promote my platform on a larger scale and be heard.

What advice could you give to anyone that wishes to explore the pageant world?

  • Pageantry teaches the same values that any sport does, the only difference is that we do it in heels :) , I would recommend it to any young aspiring girl. Being the co-owner of Paper Dolls: which is modelling and finishing School, we train students on pageantry, self confidence, life coaching, modelling and deportment, I can say without a doubt that pageantry helps build confidence, adds value to one’s life, and teaches girls about having beauty with a purpose.

Shajar Khan - Platform SheetWith regards to your personal project, who are you raising awareness and funds for and why is to so close to your heart?

  • My platform is to create public awareness of illiteracy among underprivileged and orphaned youth, and the impact thereof on themselves and the community. My platform embodies “pro-literacy”.

I’m passionate about youth development and education. I love working with organizations which promote literacy among young children and teens. I intend on starting my NGO in order to continue and uplift underprivileged homes and townships to raise funds for books, and educational material. As well as ensuring distribution of books in local schools, and in communities across the country.

What attracted you to becoming the brand ambassador for Ralo Cosmetics and what does your role involve?

  • I am a lover of fashion and makeup. When I was approached by the owner of Ralo Cosmetics, and asked to become an ambassador, I took on the opportunity. I know that a brand ambassador is meant to embody the brand in appearance, demeanour, values and ethics. I felt that this would be perfect for me, as I use Ralo cosmetics on a daily basis, and it describes my personal style, from there bright colours to the variety of accessories, it matched the image that I like to uphold.
  • As any brand ambassador would say, being an ambassador for a brand is about marketing that brand to the best of your ability. Being someone that many young girls look up to, having the right image is important. I love sharing make up tips and ideas, I am a qualified makeup artist, and I always use Ralo on my clients, I highly recommend the cosmetics as it is affordable and have great quality.

For a new Ralo Cosmetics customer, what product do you recommend to get ‘hooked’ on the brand?

  • Ralo has such a wide range of products it is so difficult to choose just one product, however, the magic lipstick is my favourite product, it’s subtle and yet it still makes all the difference. I gym, straight after work and replying a bright colour lipstick isn’t the best thing to do before a gym session, the magic lipstick, moisturises my lips and stays on throughout my workout, the best part is that when it is applied it changes colour to suit your skin tone.

 

Pageant - IntroductionDo you have any beauty tips or tricks that you would like to share with our readers?

  • Most definitely, this might sound cliché however every young lady and women  should invest in a good skincare range, and remember to keep hydrated by drinking lots of water.

If you had to choose one: good hair day and no makeup or bad hair day and perfect makeup?

  • This seems like choosing between the lesser evil, lol! I would choose a bad hair day and perfect make up. I think hair can always be passed as a “messy look” or it can be pulled off to make it seem as if you are trying to do something different. People interact with you on constant basis and face to face interaction happens every day so having perfect makeup and a flawless face, always gives a good impression and gives you confidence.

Pageant - evening gownWhat summer trends are you most looking forward to wearing – be it hair, makeup, fashion etc.?

  • I hardly follow fashion trends, as it always fades, having a unique style I love keeping my image “classy and fabulous” this summer, shorts are making a comeback, orange is the new black. Pastel colours paired with printed tops and skirts.

Thank you so much for taking the time to communicate with me Shajar. You are truly a role model and inspiration for women everywhere.

We are behind you all the way! All the best with the rest of your reign as Miss International SA, I am sure you will continue to make a difference!

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Follow Shajar on Twitter here!

x flea143

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Ever so Inspiring Simoné Meyer – Miss Teen International SA

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Here is what Simoné Meyer, Miss Teen International SA, had to say and share with us in her own words….

My journey so far has been very eye opening, working in cooperation with the JAG foundation at their project called BullyProof. Since that is my platform to stand against bullying as I was bullied when I was in grade 6 all the way through until matric. I’ve become an ambassador for them since it’s better to work together than putting up a lot of different organizations that has no effect. Working with the JAG Foundation we are trying to incorporate a system in primary schools that will teach the children to stand up for themselves without it resulting in to violence.

The JAG BullyProof Foundation is trying to start at primary schools to develop the skills to stand up against bullying. Also trying to find why the bully is bullying other children. As a bully is also nothing less than a victim himself, he as well has somewhere to go when he wants to speak. So instead of punishing the bully we encourage the teachers and parents to go and look why he is acting in that way and try to help them, instead of making them more angry by punishment.

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The Foundation also have a slogan that says “Don’t Stand By, Stand Up” Even a bystander is a victim or an encourager. If you watch and then do nothing about it as well as taking the bully’s side and laughing you are just as good as a bully. If the victim is too scared to go and talk to someone you should help them and try to convince them to go talk to a adult they can trust.Simone Meyer - Miss Teen SA 03

This is just a nutshell of what the JAG BullyProof Foundation is doing. They have a free manual that is downloadable since bullying is a epidemic that people too easily pass by as ‘growing up’ . Being their ambassador and teaching children not to tolerate bullying has made me a better person. We need to start standing up and stop standing by.

I’ve became an ambassador for Ralo Cosmetics because I believe in publicity. They can help me to advertise and promote my cause in return for me promoting their products – carrying their name as high as I possibly can. Ralo also has a wide range of cosmetics for any girl/woman’s needs. It’s market is wide and helping them opening more doors for them, making their horizon as wide as possible is also a task that made me become an ambassador for Ralo Cosmetics.

Simone Meyer

Miss Teen International South Africa

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Thank you very much Simoné, for your time in responding to my questions and we will continue to watch your journey wishing you every success and more along the way. The world can learn a lot from determination as strong as yours! Never lose that. All the best with the rest of your journey and keep reaching for the stars!

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Unborn Baby Entered into a Beauty Pageant

Hiya Poutlings!

It’s never too early to start preparing your child to be a beauty queen…. at least, that is what mum-to-be Jenny Oliver thinks.

Crazy pageant mother in question - Jenny Oliver from Blackpool, UK.

Crazy pageant mother in question – Jenny Oliver from Blackpool, UK.

At seven months pregnant, she’s already entered her unborn daughter, tentatively named “Ella” into her first Bonnie Baby pageant.

“With my dance skills and her sister Jess’s knowledge of pageants, there’s no way she won’t win the prize for bonniest baby… It was only a tenner to enter her and I believe you should start them young. Ella will do so much better in life with all that experience under her belt… She’s only going to be three months old but she’ll have a bit of fun on the day… Walking down the catwalk with my gorgeous baby will make me feel a million dollars – even though I’ll still be carrying my baby weight and wearing baggy clothes. I hope she wins – it would be fab to have a baby sash and crown to add to the collection. I have so much planned for her.”

Can we just stop for a minute? Goodness. I feel stressed reading that. What about you? THIS POOR CHILD DOESN’T EVEN EXIST YET. I suppose they will start fitting her for a “flipper” the moment after her first feeding.

I have so many questions when reading this:

1. What if she doesn’t arrive on her due date.

2. What if her skin doesn’t take to spray tans well?

3. What if she doesn’t look good in nappies?

4. What if Ella is a boy?

There are too many unanswered questions here, and I feel stressed for a life that is even yet to live. What the hell is happening with the world?

It is worrying enough seeing toddlers dressed up in pink frills, covered in makeup and encouraged to be swoon-worthy in front of judges at teeny beauty pageants but its positively scary to think unborn babies are being lined up for a childhood spent being judged on how they look.

I rest my case.

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MISS UNIVERSE 2012 WINNER & TOP 10

CONGRATULATIONS to Olivia Culpo from the United States on winning the MISS UNIVERSE 2012 pageant!

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Anyway, lets take a look at who the TOP 10 finalists were and what they wore as their national outfits, which is always to me the most interesting part of the pageant. Always nice to see what they designers come up with.

MISS AUSTRALIA
Renae Ayris

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MISS USA
OLIVIA CULPO

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MISS BRAZIL
GABRIELA MARKUS

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MISS PHILIPPINES
JANINE TUGONON

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MISS SOUTH AFRICA
MELINDA BAM

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MISS HUNGARY
AGNES KONKOLY

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MISS MEXICO
KARINA GONZALEZ

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MISS RUSSIA
ELIZABETH GOLOVANOVA

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MISS FRANCE
MARIE PAYET

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MISS VENEZUELA
IRENE SOFIA ESSER QUINTERO

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I think Miss Russia is the most stunning woman! Omg, the Russians are so blessed in the beauty department. Anyhow, thanks ladies for making me feel fat and not so pretty! Ai Ai Ai! Haha. At the end of the day, all the contestants are stunning!……… But so are the rest of us! XXO

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<3Sandy<3

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FITNESS MAGAZINE

FITNESS MAGAZINE!

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Being a fitness fanatic, I am completely in love with FITNESS MAGAZINE !

Never have I come across a magazine so informative and interesting, I have been buying and reading this magazine religiously for over 2 years now, never once have I been disappointed in it.

Being from South Africa, a lot of our fitness magazines were imported from overseas, which I didn’t bother buying due to the fact that if there were recipes or anything in them, I wouldn’t find half the ingredients or clothing and supplements they had for sale or advertised in the magazine.

Having fallen in love with FITNESS MAGAZINE SOUTH AFRICA I would highly recommended this magazine to any fitness fanatic, or those starting off new in the gym or fitness and health lifestyle.

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Fitness magazine is very comprehensive, they have articles for beginners and advanced fitness freaks (like me), they have articles for the pregnant fairy’s, articles on health and training, success stories, and fat loss articles.

Ladies take advantage! Best magazine to buy, so educational and articles are always a pleasure to read. Awesome fitness clothes advertised along with nutritional supplements from leading brands.

Fitness magazine is available in your leading stores, like CNA and Dis-Chem or even better get a subscription and have it delivered to you, even better get a Digital Copy.

Fitness Magazine is well priced and well worth it! SO what you waiting for ladies, go grab one and get fit!

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XoXo

Megs

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