Name: Anzelle von Staden
From: Centurion, Pretoria
Occupation: Full time model
Previous beauty competitions: Miss Million Dollar 2015 winner; Eastgate Look of Fashion 2016 winner and Star of Europe 2017 winner
Why do you want to be Miss South Africa and what do you think you will be able to bring to the role?
To be Miss South Africa would be a big honour. I want to make a meaningful difference every day and I would utilise this platform, with all its privileges, to empower, equip and inspire the youth. To collaborate with all Miss SA initiatives and to share my story. I believe one’s story is a powerful tool to bring about change in one’s world. Someone very dear to me fought a battle against breast cancer for more than 10 years. I was fortunate enough to be part of that journey for eight years and I now recognise that there is a need that I cannot ignore so I would use this brand to attract sponsors that could aid in not just the cancer patients, but their families too, emotionally and financially. One in four South Africans are affected by cancer and more than a hundred thousand South Africans are diagnosed with cancer annually. Due to cancer treatment costs, Medical aids are often unable to cover many of the treatments and medicines.
What qualities do you believe a Miss South Africa should possess?
Miss SA should be the epitome of selflessness, strength, tenacity, love and kindness. She must have a passion for her country and its people. You should make everyone feel like someone and listen to what the people need.
Who is a previous Miss South Africa who has inspired you and why?
Melinda Bam. I was in Grade 8 when she was in matric at my school. To witness the transformation in her becoming such a strong, vibrant, confident woman and to experience how this platform has changed her life and how many doors this has opened is phenomenal. I realise Miss South Africa is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Who are your role models?
An incredible woman whose name was Rentia. She was like a second mom to me. She fought a courageous battle against cancer. She is my role model because even though she had every reason to quit and to become cynical, I never heard her complain once or be negative. She was everyone’s pillar of strength. She taught me to love fearlessly, believe outrageously, hope without measure.
Tell us a bit more about your family.
I come from a very big family. On my mom’s side, I am the youngest of 15 grandchildren. I have two older brothers and yes, they are very tough on me, but I know they love me. My mom is a teacher and my dad is an insurance assessor. I have three furry kids, two Pekinese and a golden retriever called Leo.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle and I’ve been a sporty person all my life.
I love taking my dogs for a walk as I am a very ‘out-doorsy’ person. Nothing beats watching my favourite series or a good book; and don’t forget the chocolate! Quality time with family and close friends – I really treasure relationships.
What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa?
Right now, globally, we are at a time where women are fighting for equal pay in the workforce, equal opportunity, and against sexual harassment. So my messages are: rely on one another and don’t compete; set each other up to win and succeed in life; use education to create opportunities and to become strong, independent woman; embrace and love who you are and share your story.
Live the story you want to tell and smile at your fears with unconquerable eyes.
If you won the Miss South Africa crown and was able to meet one person, who would it be and why?
Billie Jean King. She is a US tennis legend and winner of 20 Wimbledon titles, who famously beat Bobby Riggs in 1973 for a $100 000 prize in ‘The Battle of the Sexes’
What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I have been told that I bring out the best in people and draw out their confidence. It is something I am very passionate about, seeing people succeed and to achieve their dreams. I am a very quirky person and you would never be bored in my presence.
What are you reading?
Lisa Bevere’s book Without Rival. The book is about embracing your identity and purpose in an age of confusion and comparison.
What music are you listening to?
I love listening to Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Bethel Worship. Currently my favourite playlist is the soundtrack from the movie, The Greatest Showman.
Your favourite TV show?
Grey’s Anatomy always reduces me to tears and also The Fixer, because Olivia Pope is just dynamite. And because local is lekker, I always watch Sewende Laan and Binnelanders.
Your favourite meal?
Nothing beats a traditional home-cooked meal with family and friends. And don’t forget the braaibroodjie.