The Miss Deaf Pride 2019 queen, Natasha Sibanda is preparing to take part in the Miss Deaf Africa beauty pageant in Seychelles in November 2019.
Natasha, who was crowned Miss Deaf Pride queen on the 28th of September 2019 after outshining 16 other finalists, is excited to represent the Zimbabwean deaf community at continental level. She explained that such platforms are weighty in raising awareness in the local communities.
Speaking on the side-lines of the beauty pageant contest in Bulawayo in September this year, she said ‘I am happy to be crowned Miss Deaf Pride Zimbabwe queen. I want to thank my family, especially my mother for the unwavering support and encouragement I receive every day. It is important that families do support their children when taking part in such meaningful and impactful events. I am looking forward to represent my country and hopefully, to be crowned Miss Deaf Africa’.
The spokesperson of the Miss Deaf Pride Zimbabwe Trust, Apphia Musavengana, expressed their delight in the success of this event annual event. The trust has managed to be consistent in terms of having an annual beauty pageant since its inception in 2017. She said, ‘We are very proud as a trust that we have managed to be consistent regarding the miss deaf beauty pageant since we started in 2017. The contest is massively changing lives and societal perceptions. We will do what it takes for our queen to be well prepared and hopefully excel in the Miss Deaf Africa ’.
The organisation runs the pageant from district levels, the provincial stages up-to national level. She also pointed out that the trust is also going to introduce other means of raising awareness apart from the beauty pageant. The use of sign language being an example of one such means.
It is with no doubt that the beauty pageant is one of the most effective ways of emancipating disadvantaged groups from societal prejudices. The deaf community and people with disabilities at large are pleased to be provided with such daises to continue raising awareness.