From the dusty streets to Miss Plus Size Universe South Africa

She has recently bagged the title at the Miss Plus Size Universe South Africa competition, and the titles Miss Humanitarian and Personality.

Tlake said she grew up in a society where plus-size women are not acknowledged and not taken seriously, and that leads to a very low self-esteem and no confidence at all.

“Before and after the Miss Plus Size Is Me Free State competition pageant in 2016, I have made sure I’ve spread the message of body positivity and self-love, irrespective of size and weight, on my social media platforms, even on the community program I have engaged in,” she said.

She added that the reason she entered the pageant was to boost her self-confidence and to motivate and uplift the public.

“What I hope to do with my titles is to bring change within my community, build or start an NGO that will support vulnerable women and children,” she said.

She added that she had always been interested in partaking in pageants at the school level but was always bullied and discriminated against because of her weight, and this resulted in her always being disqualified in the pageants.

“On the stage, I was asked should I be the next Miss Plus Size Universe 2022 what would I do in my reign, and I said I will be the advocate of all the women who are unable to communicate their thoughts to the world, be it about body shaming or any form of criticism that demotivates them from living their lives fully,” Tlake said.

Furthermore, on 9 September 2022, the competition had pre-judging, where the contestants were interviewed by the judges and on the 10th it was the grand finale. “I managed to be in the top 5 and acquired 2 titles which are Miss Plus Size Universe South Africa Humanitarian and Miss Plus Size Universe South Africa Personality.”

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