MISS South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene may be beautiful‚ but her stunning smile and flawless figure are meaningless without intellect.
This was the message Minister for Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu gave to 60 schoolgirls she hosted at the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday.
“It’s your brain that shapes you‚ not your body‚” the minister said.
“Miss SA can be beautiful but if there’s nothing here [pointing to her head] when she opens her mouth, everyone would be disappointed.”
Shabangu was hosting a Take a Girl Child to Work Day event‚ celebrating the 60th anniversary of the historic march on the Union Buildings when 20 000 women handed in a petition demanding an end to apartheid pass laws.
Shabangu encouraged the girls to dream big‚ work hard and not get side-tracked.
“Say to yourself: ‘I’m not going to have a baby before I finish my education and start fending for myself.’
“You don’t want to [collect] child grants after being deceived by a boy who tells you you’re beautiful‚” she said.
Kunene and former Miss SA Suzette van der Merwe spoke to the girls.