Miss Millennium pageant maintains support for women

Miss Millennium promoter, Zenzele Hirschfeld says the event aims at bringing a positive impact on the lives of Batswana women PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Miss Millennium promoter, Zenzele Hirschfeld says the event aims at bringing a positive impact on the lives of Batswana women PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO

For years a pageant that started off as an idea under a tree at the Mogoditshane’s Millennium Jazz Restaurant over a decade and half has been making a great positive impact in women’s lives. The Miss Millennium beauty pageant was birthed in 2008 when a few over 40 years women and men decided to host a beauty pageant that would attract many more elderly women under one roof and enjoy jazz music.

They would get together whilst finding ways to make a positive impact in the lives of fellow underprivileged women. When addressing the gathering at the High Tea All White event hosted at the restaurant on Saturday, former Miss Millennium 2009 Phodiso Seloilwe, said the pageantry taught her a lot. She said it was through it that she became confident in herself and was able to speak confidently before the public. She also said she was able to wear a confident smile and knew she was beautiful and had a great body. She is one of Miss Millennium founders. “One day we were sitting under a tree here with Shima Monageng (owner of Millennium Jazz Restaurant) and others enjoying music but we felt that we had to do something different, something that would attract many more elderly women and bring us together. After brainstorming a few ideas we decided to host a beauty pageant but we agreed it should be for women aged 40 and above. We wanted to do something different for the community. We started off with nothing and I am glad that our pageantry has grown immensely over the years,” she stated.

For her part, the pageantry promoter, Zenzel Hirschfield said the pageantry advocates for women of all body sizes and heights as long as they are citizens of Botswana, aged 40 years and above. She added that she was happy that they hosted a High Tea event and all the phenomenal women invited to inspire and mingle with aspiring queens together with former contestants and queens honoured the invitation. “Our pageantry aims at bringing a positive impact on the lives of Batswana women that is why this year we have adopted Ratong Women’s Shelter because they play a big role in changing the lives of fellow women. They accommodate those women who seek shelter from men because of issues of gender-based violence (GBV). When a woman knocks on their door crying for help they welcome her with open arms. They also teach women handy works and crafts to sustain themselves,” she said.

Editor's Comment
Routine child vaccination imperative

The recent Vaccination Day in Motokwe, orchestrated through collaborative efforts between UNICEF, USAID, BRCS, and the Ministry of Health, underscores a commendable stride towards fortifying child health services.The painful reality as reflected by the Ministry of Health's data regarding the decline in routine immunisation coverage since the onset of the pandemic, is a cause for concern.It underscores the urgent need to address the...

Have a Story? Send Us a tip
arrow up