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MBABANE – The biggest beauty pageant in the kingdom has been making a buzz since its return, the latest development is the news of the final top 35.

After  entry lines were closed the competition had 40 hopefuls but as of last Saturday, two girls dropped out of the competition, have the organisers decided to drop the numbers to 35.
The theme of this year’s competition dubbed ‘Beacon of hope’, has confirmed to have seen the largest number of entries since the very first time the competition was held in 1975.
Entry lines for the competition officially closed last Sunday. Miss Eswatini President Catrien Potgieter, confirmed that the nominations this year were over-whelming as they had over 70 entrants to choose from.


The pageant had a lot of noticeable changes, which were intentional. The videos that were an entry requirement saw a different way of seeing the girls in their raw form and their own space.  No training or photography requirement s were stipulated or needed and this made it quite unique and new to the competition.  It is a very different feel from international pageants requirements like (SA) where physical appearance, height and body structure count. A Miss (SA) applicant must be; at least 20-years -oldand be an SA citizen. The applicant must be in possession of a matric certificate or equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification. (In the event that the applicant makes it through as a semi-finalist she’s required to provide proof of this qualification).

The applicant is encouraged to provide the organisation with details of any further tertiary qualifications, proof of which will be required should the applicant make it through as a semi-finalist, It’s worth mentioning that education is a key must-have in the Miss SA competition. The applicant shall not ever have been married (civil nor customary), nor had a marriage annulled. The applicant should have no criminal record and be truthful in respect of all matters in relation to the run-up to the competition, the competition itself and the period after the competition. There is no restriction in terms of tattoos or piercings that the applicant may have.


Also, a very noticeable difference in Eswatini and SA is that in the kingdom one of the prizes is a scholarship for the winner, whereas in the SA, contestants are required to have a significant tertiary education background. The educational requirement is also a priority even in the Miss USA pageant and the likes. The event organisers had also mentioned in this year’s edition of Miss Eswatini that they were trying to change the image of beauty pageants and the stigma around them. This year there is no restrictions in terms of height, weight or image conditions to qualify. Taken from this year’s theme, the competition is trying to show that the true beauty of an individual is  beauty  inside. “What you contribute to the current state of the entire world it is what you bring to the world, that is more important. What unique trait are you offering to such a world filled with grief and uncertainty,’ said Potgieter.

Voting lines are now open!
Let the games begin, and get those fingers ready as the voting lines for this years’ Miss Eswatini have open. In the interview with Potgieter, it was noted that the girls were judged in stages and voting accounts for only 50 per cent of the final scoring of the contestants. The more votes don’t automatically ensure that the contestants with the most votes wins, but only secures a spot in higher stages of the competition.

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