Ludina Ngwenya crowned Miss Soweto 2021

A young woman who suffered and survived third degree burns across her body when she was still a toddler projects her triumph beyond the unfortunate accident by proudly baring her scars as a beauty queen, and having overcome cruel comments from negative people to embrace her natural appearance.

An exciting, glamorous and breath-taking three-hour beauty pageant featuring contestants from different Soweto locations, the celebrated iconic township now has a new Miss Soweto. Ludina Ngwenya earned the coveted crown, and was brought to tears by the exciting victory, which saw her relinquish the title held by the outgoing Thobile Steyn.

The 22 year old Zone 1 Meadowlands beauty was crowned Miss Soweto 2021 on Saturday, November 27,at the majestic Soweto Theatre in Jabulani. A talented and brilliant Wits University student donned a gold evening gown as she embraced the highly coveted title.

Ngwenya took home a Brand new Toyota starlet and a cash price of more than R1000 000. The model and a student studying towards her degree in Education gave a stellar performance throughout the competition, beating 19 other hopefuls to be the fairest of them all.

“For as long as I can remember , I am no stranger to being stopped by people of different walks of life, from the taxi rank to shopping Centre by people advising me to do modelling. It was these comments from different strangers that eventually stroked my interest in modelling. I really loved the idea of being a model but I had one problem”.

“I am a burn survivor with minor scars on my body and a Bold scar on my arm that made me prone to bullying at school. I thought my scars were a dead end to my modelling dream because I constantly started to search for representation which I hardly found”, added Ngwenya. The runners-up for the crown were Ontshiametse Tlhokwane and Thando Tshabalala from Zola.

The gala event was co-hosted by Thabiso Makhubela, the presenter on SABC’s popular Expresso Show and miss Soweto 2009 1st princess and Jozi FM broadcaster Refiloe Motsei, who made sure the event flowed seamlessly and kept the audience captivated.

The judges consider not just beauty but intelligence, ambition, talent and even physical fitness. The judging panel included seasoned broadcaster and former Miss South Africa runner-up, Bridget Masinga, who returned as a judge for the second year; Grace Mantjiu,a well-known beauty editor and long-time judge; and Emmanuel Tjiya, the renowned lifestyle editor and Editor-in-Chief of S-Mag.

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