The Miss Eagle South Africa (MESA) beauty pageant is the self proclaimed largest “beauty with brains and purpose” contest in the history of South Africa.
It is unique from other beauty pageants in that it isn’t held in community halls or on high school runways – instead, it is hosted via social media. Contestants “share” videos and images of themselves, and are then judged on merits of physical appearance and charitableness.
In May, Vanessa Pitsi was featured in WITBANK NEWS as a first-time beauty-pageant contestant. Today, she is a semi-finalist of the Miss Eagle South Africa beauty pageant – the same contest whose title she had coveted during her first featured article.
19-year old Vanessa Pitsi, who grew up in Klarinet, attended Witbank High during her adolescence, where she could often be found on the netball field. She is currently studying Human Resources at Tshwane University of Technology, and says she occupies her time by reading and writing – she is currently penning a novel about life after Grade 12. When asked how she felt about her own life and experiences since becoming a school-leaver herself, she added “it’s not what I thought”.
Since her last appearance in WITBANK NEWS, Vanessa Pitsi has managed to fight her way into the top rankings of Miss Eagle South Africa, securing her spot as a semi-finalist. Vanessa has had to undertake varying types of community work due to her participation in this beauty pageant, and proudly states that she has most recently donated a blanket to a resident at Evergreen Old Age Home during a blanket drive and that this charitable act secured her, her spot amongst her fellow semi-finalists.
When asked how she saw herself in the future, Vanessa professed that if she were to win Miss Eagle South Africa, she would hopefully fulfil her dream of forming a peer group with the goal of striving for improved self-confidence among its members. Vanessa also proclaimed this cause in her first WITBANK NEWS feature, in which she propagated the idea of self-love and self-acceptance and stated that she wished to play a role in bettering the self esteem of the women around her.
Vanessa believes that beauty pageants are a positive force in the lives of the young girls who participate in them and that one of the skills young girls would be equipped with through their pageantry experience is that of time management.
Vanessa Pitsi would like to thank each and every person who voted for her during the previous rounds of Miss Eagle South Africa, and would like to urge the public to consider upholding their support of her campaign by SMS-ing her name Vanessa Pitsi to 35334.
Should you wish to follow Vanessa Pitsi’s Miss Eagle South Africa journey, please do so on Facebook at Vanessa Pitsi Miss Eagle South Africa Semi-Finalist 2018 Mpumalanga or on instagram at @vanessapitsi_mesa2018