Aysha Bangie is our new Ms Africa Global International World and 1st Princess Ms Africa 2018.
Having heard about a pageant that she resonated with, she took the plunge and entered. And viola, she made the final selection!
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Lenasia, in the Southern Suburbs of Johannesburg. As a child, my love for mother nature always took me outdoors and I spent most of my time in the garden or out in our beautiful park just down the road.
Although I am 42 years old, I still believe age is just a number, as you are only as old as you feel.
Tell me about the Ms Africa pageant and what made you decide to enter.
The Ms Africa Pageant’s mission is to give dignity back to the people, and assist in any way possible in their local communities and on the African Continent.
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The reason why I entered the pageant is because I am inspired in the spirit of giving.
The feeling of being a finalist is very empowering due to the magnitude of this platform covering the entire continent of Africa. This will help to communicate and appeal to people on broader platforms of societies and communities to help make that positive change.
What do you think the biggest misconception about being a pageant finalist is?
The stereotype of the typical beauty queen is broken. There are lot of duties and responsibilities that need to be performed. It’s not as glamorous as it seems from the outside in. The learning and growing process is phenomenal!
What do you hope to be able to achieve using the platform of the pageant?
I want to pursue my passion in uplifting people and communities, taking it further than just South Africa. To me, we are all ONE, so the more people we can help, the better.
What’s the most challenging aspect of being in a pageant?
I haven’t experienced any major challenges as yet. However, learning to balance time between career, family and the pageant requirements is something that I am learning to do quickly – I am loving the journey.
How do you find time to have a full time job and still be able to compete?
My motto is about finding perfect balance. Don’t work hard, work smart, to ensure that there is a balance in everything that I do.
What do you do when nothing goes your way?
I take a step back, reflect and then do it differently.
Aysha is on her journey as she joins an African Sisterhood whose legacies last longer than their year of reign and their positive impact on the continent a lifetime.