Interview with Tanielle Da Silva, Miss Teenager SA 2019
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She's smart. She's ambitious. She's done more in her 17 years than most have done in their lifetime. This is Tanielle Da Silva, South Africa's current Miss Teenager SA. She recently arrived home from Miss Teenager Universe where (surprise, surprise) she nabbed the Miss Teenager Africa title. We caught up with the Bedfordview resident to get a peek of who Tanielle is behind the crown. Spoiler alert: she's the best.
Congratulations on winning Miss Teenager South Africa 2019! Why did you enter the pageant?
I have been doing pageantry since I was 11. One of my goals was to represent my beautiful country and this prestigious title gave me the opportunity to do that. I would also like to speak up for what I believe in and Miss Teenager South Africa has given me the platform to do that.
You qualified for Miss Teenager Universe in Guatemala. How was the journey?
The preparation for Guatemala was fun! My mom and I spent a lot of time together deciding on all the dresses and outfits. My modelling teacher worked tirelessly perfecting my walk, public speaking and interview skills. Pageantry is definitely a team sport. I am grateful to have had my mom by my side during this time.
The pageant itself was a lot of hard work and a lot of pressure. I met girls from all over the world and learned how to handle different personalities. The love and support I received from everyone back home was overwhelming and is something I will always hold close to my heart.
On social media, there've been so many positive comments from Bedfordview and Edenvale residents. You're clearly the pride of your hometown. What are your favourite spots in these areas, and why?
I live in a small suburb and I am 100% a homebody. When I do go out, I go to the local shopping centres, Eastgate Shopping Centre and Bedford Centre. We are very fortunate to have everything very close to where we stay.
Your platform is child education. Why is this your passion?
I am passionate about education. I want to ensure that all children especially those who struggle in school are given the correct time and attention needed to reach their full potential.
As someone who was diagnosed with a rare learning disorder in math's called dyscalculia, I have been subjected to ridicule and bullying. I understand what it feels like to simply not feel good enough. I would like to show that with the correct care and support you can achieve everything you set your mind to. That's the message I want to share with the world.
As it's Women's Month, what advice do you have for young women?
No matter what anyone in your life tells you, always remember that through hard work and dedication you can achieve anything you set your mind to. The only limitations you face are the ones you set for yourself.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I have a few VIP events lined up for the rest of the year. I would just like to make both the brand Miss Teenager and my country proud. I am not sure what the future holds for me but no matter what happens I will be giving it 110% all the way.
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Author: Century 21