An assistant model teacher at RVT modelling school, South Africa, will represent the African continent as Miss Junior Africa 2017 at the Magnificent Women International (MWI) 2017 in November.
Charné Heunis, a Grade 10 student from Hoërskool Alberton, is keen on using the platform to highlight the importance of charity.
She currently supports the SPCA, Epic foundation (which gives support to rape victims) and Klein Engele and this is also her way of giving back to the community.
“Charity is one of my passions,” Heunis said in a statement.
The young model is also an ambassador for the Siyabonga Children’s Cottage in Germiston, South Africa.
Founded in 2010, Ms. MWI International is a competition focused primarily on women aged 35 and over, but has recently opened up to younger candidates to compete in different categories.
According to the competition’s website, the mission of the organisation is to “spotlight women who are confident, motivated and natural born leaders”. The competition is best categorised as “pageantry meets Woman of the Year” and celebrates not only beauty, fitness and style of participating Magnificent Women, but the spirit of who they were, who they are and who they strive to be.
MWI International was designed to showcase beauty, intelligence, sophistication & grace of women at any age. It looks to have each participant share their ideas and goals, and promote a sense of “womanhood” to the world.
MWI International says that it is about “today’s woman”.
“Women who know who they are, who are comfortable in her own shoes and who will not be defined by someone else’s labels. We are about celebrating the beauty, elegance & sophistication of today’s iconic women,” the site says in its Concept Statement.